Biopsychosocial assessment

Biopsychosocial assessment - Final Exam: Biopsychosocial...

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Final Exam: Biopsychosocial model In clinical work the biopsychosocial assessment of a client is very critical in determining the client’s diagnosis. It is very important to look at factors such as the client’s biological/medical status, the client’s emotional state, the client’s social relationships and finally the cultural environment in which the client comes from. In this paper I will further explore and identify the importance of all factors included in the biopsychosocial assessment. When assessing a client it is very important to take into account any medical problems that the client may be experiencing. This proves to be especially true in cases involving AIDS or any sort of disability. As Martin and Feeney state in their article “ The challenges of social workers are numerous: to develop a compassionate and comprehensive response to the range of medical , psychological, social, legal and economic needs of those who have already been or will be diagnosed with AIDS, to address concerns and needs of families, friends and significant others, and though less discussed, to help professionals themselves to deal with their own emotional response to work in the area of AIDS” (pg 338). A clinician of any kind has to be aware of the fact that people who have been or will soon be diagnosed with AIDS carry around the knowledge of the negative stigma that society has attached to them. This “morally contagious” disease is usually associated with immoral activities such as drugs and homosexuality and can lead the person infected with this disease to have a number of
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serious psychological problems. According to Martin and Feeney, The National Association of Social Workers’ 1987 Revised Policy on AIDS states that a person with AIDS will most likely develop psychological and social symptoms similar to feelings of discrimination, depression, anxiety, social isolation, financial problems (due to the medical expenses you need to treat the disease), concern about body image, feelings of a loss of control as well as the confrontation one will have about their own mortality (pg 339). All of these symptoms are terribly frightening and confusing for the client and the clinician needs to be prepared to take on and understand the client’s needs during this difficult time. In many cases an AIDS diagnosis does not only affect the person infected, but those close to them as well and a clinician needs to be aware of how to handle those around the infected person if need be. This is clear in Martin and Feeney’s case study of a man named Bon who was diagnosed with AIDS and his lover Tom who has to deal with Bob’s AIDS as well as his own failing health. In situations like these the clinician needs to be helpful not only to the afflicted person but needs to take into account the needs of those who are struggling around him as well. The clinician in this case study needed to also pay special attention to Tom and make sure that he could not only handle the
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