Clinical Assessment for Social Workers provides a wide range of standardized assessment tools to give readers greater flexibility in their own practice and research. Incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods, the authors encourage readers to approach assessment as both an art and a science. They advocate for discovering the balance between scientific, evidence-based approaches and the development of personal practice wisdom. The inclusion of specific measures, scales, surveys, and tests and the example applications of each makes this text indispensable across the practice curriculum.
The book introduces readers to the foundations of assessment and illustrates the use of various assessment methods with children, adolescents, families, multicultural clients, and multistressed clients. The new edition explores the difference between diagnosis and assessment, with a critique of the strengths and weaknesses of the DSM-5. The authors have also included a number of measures available in the public domain for the use of students and clinicians.
About the Editors:
Catheleen Jordan (PhD, University of California at Berkeley; MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington) holds the Cheryl Milkes Moore Professorship in Mental Health at The University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, where she has taught since 1985. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers-Texas, where she was president from 2007 to 2009.
Cynthia Franklin (PhD, MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington) is Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health and Assistant Dean for the Ph.D. program in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a faculty fellow appointment at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk in the Department of Special Education. Professor Franklin has more than 150 publications in the professional literature and is a world-renowned scholar in school mental health.