your description of how micro-, mezzo-, or macro-levels of practice aid social
workers in assessing families. Assess Paula Cortez’s situation using all three of these
levels of practice, and identify two strengths and/or solutions in each of these levels.
Describe the value in strength-based solutions.
When working with families it is important to have a solid understanding of the many
intricate parts of the family unit and how the unit interacts and functions. At the micro
level, clinicians should have a solid foundation of the family dynamic as well as the
understand each individual in the family unit. This foundation assists clinicians with
identifying existing influences in the overall unit. At the mezzo level it is important to
understand how the family interacts as a group and the connection that family has with
its community in which it is located. The community that the family works and accesses
resources is is also of importance. At the macro level social workers should analyze