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Comprehensive Assessment of Paula CortezSOCW 6111: Advanced Clinical Social Work PracticeComprehensive Assessment of Paula CortezCompleting a thorough assessment is an important part the intake process and engaging with a client to evaluate the presenting problems and develop a plan for treatment. There are a
variety of assessment models available to utilize, however a good assessment should focus on multiple areas and be well rounded reviewing the problems, strengths, weaknesses, and availableresources. In the pages that follow I will discuss the case of Paula Cortez, review her strengths, and provide an analysis of her treatment team providers. The Case of Paula CortezThis week we were presented with the case of Paula Cortez, a 43-year-old Latina female who was born in Colombia but immigrated to New York City. Paula ran away from home when she was 17 years old due to parental abuse (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Paula began using illegal drugs shortly after she left her childhood home in Colombia and met a man named David, whom she followed to the US. David and Paula got married after she got pregnant with her first son Miguel, who is now 20. Paula was able to get sober during her pregnancy, however David continued to use drugs which caused their marriage to collapse. When Paula’s son Miguel was 8 years old she learned that she was HIV positive and became too sick to take care of him.

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