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Read Chapter 23. Using complete sentences answer each questions. Use content from Chapter 23 to support each answer. It is expected that content from Chapter 23 is presented in each answer to support your assignment.


Michael is a 44-year-old man charged with first degree robbery. He has already been incarcerated five previous times. Two of his previous convictions were for assault, where Michael maintains that he was defending himself after he was provoked. Michael was evaluated by psychologists three times while he was imprisoned. Psychologists diagnosed Michael with bipolar disorder twice, and once with schizoaffective disorder. Despite having a lengthy psychiatric history, there is no mention of Michael’s childhood from birth to age 7.

  1. Based on what we do know about Michael, share three questions would be relevant to ask regarding his childhood? Explain why these questions are important to ask? Use content from Ch. 23 to support your rationale. Be detailed.
  2. What records would we want to secure to understand Michael’s life better? Use content from Ch. 23 to support the answer. Be detaield in the answer.


You have been retained as an expert witness as a forensic social worker on a criminal defense case and are being asked to testify on the client’s likelihood to reoffend. You have had a chance to spend five sessions with the client, and have met some of the client’s friends and coworkers. However, the client’s family members refuse to speak with you and provide you with key mitigation information for the case. You have access to the client’s lengthy school records, teacher’s notes, and most recent progress notes from counseling.

  1. What sources do you rely upon the most in this case? Use content from Ch. 23 to support your detailed answer
  2. What questions do you think are relevant to answer on direct examination? Be detailed. Consider content from Ch. 23 to support your answer.
  3. What questions would be important to anticipate for cross-examination? Be detailed. Consider content from Ch. 23 to support your answer.

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In this assignment, you are required to address questions based on a published research article. You will select this article on your own from a reputable journal in your field or area of interest and readings in the course thus far. The article must have been peer reviewed before being published. Please contact the library for help if you need assistance finding peer reviewed articles. You also are required to post the summary of your responses to share it with your peers. You will need to:

  • Attach the accompanying article or provide a link to it.
  • Provide feedback to one of your peers.
  • Learn from your peers’ feedback.
  • Explain what you gained giving and receiving feedback.

Action Items

  1. Initial Post: Create a post in the discussion board. Your research article summary should contain all your responses to the questions asked.
    1. Based on your selected published article from a reputable journal in your field or area of interest (for example, articles in the Academy of Management Journal, American Educational Research Journal, and other such journals), review the article focusing on issues related to content covered thus far in the course. Write a summary essay of your review. In particular, address the following:
      • What is the research problem or research question addressed by the study?
      • What type of research design was used, e.g. experimental, observational?
      • What are the variables, and which ones are dependent and independent, or continuous or discrete?
      • Describe the population of the study or sampling frame, the sampling technique, and sample size.
      • Describe the data collection methods, including procedures, instruments, and unit of analysis.
      • What descriptive statistics were used in the study to summarize the data (graphs, summary tables, etc.)?
      • Describe the statistical techniques used to analyze the data. Are these techniques adequate? Why or why not?
      • What do the results of the study mean?
      • Note: Be sure to attach or provide a link to your selected article when posting the summary of your responses to the discussion board.

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Biopsychosocial Assessment Format

  1. Identifying Information
    1. Clientname
    2. Demographicinformation:age,gender,genderidentity;race/ethnicity;sexualorientation;current employment, marital status; language spoken; socioeconomic status: What entitlements does the client receive (SNAP benefits; food assistance, rental assistance, child support services, career services; assistance with utilities; disability services?)
    3. Briefmentalstatusexam(i.e.,appearance,attitude,behavior,speech,affect,mood).
    4. Referralinformation:referralsource(selforother),reasonforreferral.Otherprofessionalscurrently involved.
  2. Presenting Problem
    1. Descriptionoftheproblem:Client’sdefinitionoftheproblem/need.Usetheclient’swords.
    2. Historyofthepresentingproblem:Lengthordurationoftheproblem(i.e.,howlonghastheproblem been going on?) What precipitating stressors or events brought on the current problem? What feelings and thoughts have been aroused? How has the client coped so far? Prior attempts to resolve the problem. Who else is involved in the problem? How are they involved? How do they view the problem? How have they reacted? How have they contributed to the problem or solution? Past experiences related to current difficulty. Has something like this ever happened before? If so, how was it handled then? What were the consequences? Previous involvement with social agencies for assistance with the problem. If client is in crisis or considered “high risk” (i.e., in danger of harm to self or others, you should describe and offer a brief assessment of the risk).

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  1. Background History
    1. Developmentalhistory:fromearlylifetopresent
    2. Familybackground:descriptionoffamilyoforiginandcurrentfamily.Extentofsupport.Familyperspective on client and client’s perspective on family. Family communication patterns. Family’sinfluence on client and intergenerational factors.
    3. Socialfunctioning:Arethereanysignificantfriendships,interpersonalrelationships,supportnetwork? Use of community organizations or resources (e.g., as client, member, volunteer)?Hobbies/leisure involvement
    4. Educationaland/orvocationaltraining:Highestlevelofeducation;Degree/searned;Specialschool/educational talents, challenges, goals
    5. Employmenthistory:Occupation,workhistory,andcurrentstatus(e.g.,employed,unemployed,full-time, part-time; disability). Special training/skills. History of work habits (timeliness, insubordination, ability to fulfill work duties). Reason(s) for leaving (e.g., terminated; history of terminations; relocated)
    6. Military history (if applicable): Is client a U.S. Veteran?
    7. Use and abuse of alcohol or drugs, self and family
    8. Medicalhistory:birthinformation,illnesses,accidents,surgery,allergies,disabilities,healthproblems in family, nutrition, exercise, sleep
    9. Mental health history: previous mental health problems and treatment, hospitalizations, outcomeof treatment, family mental health issues.
    10. Significant events: deaths of significant others, serious losses or traumas, significant lifeachievements
    11. Legalconcerns(ifapplicable):Immigrantstatus,housing,maritalissues,domesticviolence,parole/probation, DWI’s?
    12. Cultural background: race/ethnicity, primary language/other languages spoken, significance ofcultural identity, cultural strengths, experiences of discrimination or oppression, migrationexperience and impact of migration on individual and family life cycle.
    13. Religion: denomination, church membership, extent of involvement, spiritual perspective, specialobservances
  2. Assessment
    1. Whatisthekeyissueorproblemfromtheclient’sperspective?Fromtheworker’sperspective?
    2. Howeffectivelyistheclientfunctioning?
    3. Whatfactors,includingthoughts,behaviors,personalityissues,environmentalcircumstances,psychosocial stressors (e.g., bereavement, domestic violence), vulnerabilities, and needs seem to be contributing to the problem(s)? Please use systems theory with the ecological perspective as a framework when identifying these factors.
    4. Identifythestrengthscopingability,andresourcesthatcanbemobilizedtohelptheclient.
    5. Assess client’s motivation and potential to benefit from intervention
  3. Recommendations/Proposed Intervention
    1. Problem
    2. Tentative Goals (with measurable objectives and tasks)
      1. One Short-term
      2. One Long-term
    3. Possibleobstaclesandtentativeapproachtoobstacles

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In this section, provide a diagnosis for the client. In narrative form, defend your diagnoses. Use DSM-5 criteria and your knowledge of the etiology of the conditions to support your choices.

You will need to give very specific details and use the DSM-5 approach to formulating the diagnosis. The paper must include a paragraph of each of the following:

  • Type of disorder
    • Symptoms
    • Illustrate the key aspects of making a differential diagnosis. • What diagnoses would you rule out and why?
  • CASE FORMULATION (Clinical Summary, Impressions, and Assessment)

    The case formulation is an attempt to bring together a number of important factors and create a summary of the case and its many facets. This is the most important part of the biopsychosocial assessment, as it demonstrates your ability to synthesize all of the information you have collected during the assessment process. It also demonstrates your clinical assessment of the client’s condition, while taking into consideration all of the biological, psychological, and social factors influencing the client’s overall functioning. These factors ought to include history, functional status, and resource information about the client. The mental status and diagnosis should be consistent with the client’s presenting problem and personal history.

    This section must also demonstrate your knowledge and application of theory. Specifically, you should demonstrate your knowledge of the strengths-perspective and the ecological perspective (Gray & Zide, Chapter 1) in your understanding of the client. You should cite the course text and 3 peer reviewed journal articles on the topic. For example, if the “client” is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, your articles should address practice issues related to Bipolar disorder (e.g., suicide risk in bipolar disorder). Your paper must be written in APA style format.

    The clinical summary, impressions, and assessment section should:
    • First give a brief, 3-5 sentence summary of what you have already written:

    o Theclient’schronologicalageandthedevelopmentalstageandtaskthatisappropriateforthat particular age.

    o Identifytheprimaryproblem,need,orconcerntheclientisdealingwithandcontributingfactors. o Also,describethesenseofurgencytheclienthaswiththeproblem/s.
    o Identifysecondaryproblems,needs,orconcernsiftheseareraised.
    o Whatresourcesareavailabletotheclientandtheclient’ssupportsystem?

  • Summarize how the client appeared during the interview/s.
    o Giveanoverviewofclient’smood,signsofanxietyordepression,problemswithmemory,
  • speech, sense of reality, judgment, attitude toward their situation/difficulty.
    o Indicatehowtheclientrelatedtoyou.Yourimpressionsgiveimportantcluestowheretheclient

    is right now and how the client is handling the problem emotionally and cognitively.

    • Goals and Recommendations for work with the cliento Identifygoalsforworkwithclient.
      o Recommendationsforserviceandresources§ Modality (what type of treatment?)
      § Length of time (how many sessions? Long term, short term?) § Next steps
    • Note the client’s expectations of service.
    • Note your assessment of the client’s motivation for change and likely use of service.
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