The first step in helping a client is conducting a thorough assessment. The clinical social
worker must explore multiple perspectives in order to develop a complete understanding
of the situation. From this understanding, the social worker is able to recognize the
client’s strengths and develop effective strategies for change.
For this Discussion, review the “Cortez Family” case history.
By Day 3
Post 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.