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ERIC Number: EJ837915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
The Alternative Lenses of Assessment: Educating Social Workers about Psychopathology
Satterly, Brent A.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v27 n3-4 p241-257 Oct 2007
The use of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM IV) as a teaching tool for social workers to understand mental illness has been debated for many years. The general consensus is that social workers need to be "familiar" with this classification system. Social Work's person in environment perspective, however, requires additional tools of assessment. This article provides the Alternative Lenses of Assessment as one such tool: Developmental-Adaptive lens, Political-Economic lens, Sociocultural lens, Neurobiological lens, and Situational-Environmental lens. A pedagogical method for presenting these lenses through clinical vignettes is provided. Student response to the Lenses using student-authored clinical vignettes is also discussed. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A