Salient Life Course Issues

Salient Life Course Issues



  Students will conduct an intake/developmental history review with a child and their parent(s).  You will be provided an informed consent form that explains that you are a student in training. Students will write out their results in an assessment format which is provided below.  Students will then write a critical analysis paper, based on their interview and cumulative knowledge from the course, addressing the following; presentation of your “client”, assessment of developmental history and salient life course issues citing children and adolescent theories as supporting evidence, interpersonal dynamics, family, social, community, cultural contexts as well as any information about neurobiology.  Assessments should also include clinical intervention strategies (identify at least 3), theories to support your selected interventions (identify at least 3) and specifically how you would engage the client and their parent(s) and/or family members, specific family intervention strategies and community intervention strategies or additional supports and any special considerations. All assessments and strategies must be supported by at least 6 cited scholarly sources. .

Biopsychosocial Assessment Outline for SW660 (revised January 2022)

Please use the same headings to divide the content but do not use the letters in the details of the outline; rather, write the information in a narrative (sentence) format.

The following areas must be addressed in the assessment. 

  1. Demographic Data

Date, name, age, sex, race, source of income, marital status, living arrangements, etc.

  1. Presenting Problem

Pertinent details of who is the client and why are they there. What’s the problem, how long has it lasted, do they have a theory of what’s happening, is it related to something, have they had this problem (or similar) in the past, etc.

  1. Family History

Brief summary of childhood, born and raised, were parents married, with whom did you live growing up, who did you feel closest to, extended family relationships, are there family members you avoid or aren’t speaking to, significant relationships, how many times married/divorced, number of children and ages.

  1. Education and Work History/Military
  2. Psychiatric and Medical History

Mental health history and current situation. Medications and doses, taking as prescribed or not, history of suicidal/homicidal ideation, describe attempts, history of abuse, current stressors (deaths, divorce, financial, etc.)

  1. Substance Use History

Is there any use of alcohol, tobacco, vaping, misuse of prescribed medications, illicit use of prescriptions, street drugs, other chemicals such as huffing and over the counter meds like cough medicine or stuff you buy at gas stations. Ask about each category of drugs and document first use, method of use, current use, last use. If there’s current use, how often and how much. Tobacco, Alcohol, cannabis, stimulants for attention, anxiety medications, sleep medications, pain medications/opioids, illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, hallucinogens.  Any history of treatment, history of problems with withdrawal, including seizures, DT’s, requiring medically monitored detox, family history of substance use problems. Be sure to note any periods of abstinence and recovery. What did they do for support?

  1. General Observations and Mental Status:
    1. Appearance, grooming/hygiene, size/weight, is clothing appropriate to the weather/setting
    2. Ability to participate/Effort made/Motivation
    3. Orientation (who, what, where, day, date, time)
    4. Cooperation/Attitude
    5. Attention, posture, Eye Contact, psychomotor agitation or retardation
    6. Speech (rate, tone, volume, content, fluidity, accent)
    7. Affect and its congruence with mood
    8. Mood (as they describe it and your assessment)
    9. Memory (does it appear intact, did you do memory test, obvious problems? Consider short and long-term)
    10. Thought Process (logical, linear, tangential, circumstantial, etc)
    11. Thought Content (bizarre, typical, appropriate to the setting and situation, etc)
    12. Perceptual Disturbances, hallucinations, loss of rational thinking, suicidal/homicidal
    13. Judgment
    14. Insight
  2. Clinical Impressions (theories with rationale)
  3. Recommendations (interventions with rationale)

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