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Assessment Assignment #1: Social History Write a social history using the following guidelines: I. Select and interview someone (highly recommend working in triad with classmates) whom you do not know well. The information you will be gathering reflects the type for information typically gathered by social workers in practice when doing a social history. Social histories reflect the important aspects of an individual’s development and help social workers assess the nature of a client’s situation. II. Objectives: This exercise will enable you to: A. Experience interviewing and recognize the need to apply interviewing skills. B. Apply an assessment tool to the assessment process. III. Procedure A. Choose a person at least 18 years old to interview. Describe this assignment to the person and ask permission to do the interview. Feel free to show the person these guidelines. Make it clear their real name will not be used and the info will be kept confidential. B. Define a “problem” the individual is presenting. What is bringing them in to see a social worker today? (Note: Avoid topics that involve traumas (like abuse), or topics about which the person may feel ashamed, like serious relationship problems, drug or alcohol issues, etc.) Acceptable examples: Desire to stop or start a behavior Problems with a roommate Employment difficulties Lack of clarity about something Time-management challenges Problems with a boss Struggles to be independent from family C. The interview will not be focused on the problem, but will ask for you to describe what they want to change or to be different in their life.

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