Framework for SW Practice

Clinical SW Practice

Assessment Methods and Techniques


Treatment Plan


Contributions to an Interdisciplinary Team

Training and Certification

Case Study


Credits and Acknowledgements


Last updated: 13-sep-12

Assessment Methods and Techniques Used by Social Workers

Social workers use various methods and techniques to make an assessment. They may use interviews, standardized questionnaires, surveys, or referrals. The interview with parents or caregiver is preferred at the CHDD's Clinical Training Unit as it provides an opportunity to gather in-depth information, interpret or reframe it and synthesize it to explain the child's development, behavior, learning, and functioning in a meaningful way. This process provides the beginning stage for building a foundation for the interpretive session by including parent's comments and observations.

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