Assess Needs of Clients with Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Issues

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Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues

Part A: Short Answer Questions
1. What is the purpose of client assessment?
Depending on the type of assessment that is a conducted, a client assessment has many purposes. It helps to determine what the client needs, how those needs can be met by a service, what their more urgent and important needs are, if they need to be referred to other services and helps the service to discover what caused the client to have these needs to begin with. 2. What is the difference between an intake assessment and a comprehensive assessment? An Intake assessment is done at the first session, it is brief, and helps to detect whether a client has mental health issues, substance abuse issues or both. An intake assessment allows for early intervention, determines whether a crisis has just happened or is about to happen (such as a recent suicide attempt) and whether more assessing is needed, such as a comprehensive assessment.

A comprehensive assessment helps to paint the full picture, it gives the clients background, the triggers and issues that brought them to where they are. It can be lengthy, sometimes taking several sessions to complete, it also helps to confirm conditions that might have been suspected as a result of the intake assessment, how serious they are and the impact they are having on the client. The findings in a comprehensive assessment help with the development of a treatment plan. 3. How would you define holistic?

Holistic is when you assess and treat someone as a whole, taking into account both their physical and psychological state and treating both together, and searching to understand the clients issues in the context of their entire life. 4. What factors might influence your interaction with clients? A client’s social and cultural background can influence the interviewing process. Their gender, sexual preference, and the fact that I am a female who will be interviewing males may result in the need for me to review some of my questions so that they are not deemed intrusive. A client being intoxicated or having an intellectual disability may change the way our interaction goes, in comparison to that of a sober client or a client with no intellectual issues. 5. What other issues do you need to look out for when assessing clients? I need to look out for whether there is a crisis imminent, such as, suicide ideation. If the client is showing signs of intoxication, I need to conduct a quick assessment on their level of intoxication and whether they need medical attention immediately. If a client is highly intoxicated it is going to make any conversation with them very difficult to maintain. If they are showing signs of overdose they will need urgent medical attention, I also need to assess whether the client has underlying psychiatric issues that maybe masked by other presenting behaviours, If the client is safe alone, if I am safe alone with the client and if the client or anyone interacting with the client, including myself and co-workers are in danger due to the clients actions and state of mind. 6. Who determines what service a client needs?

The case worker should talk with the client to help them decide where they want to go and what they need. The worker should let the client know about the services available to them and together make a decision in regards to what service they choose. Ultimately the worker determines what service the client needs but the client does have the right to refuse. 7. How would you define resources?

Anything that can be used to support or help the client is defined as a resource, whether it be financial aid, emotional support or social support. Informative websites like ADIN - Australian Drug Information Network , services that offer recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous are also resources that a worker can use to assist a client. 8. What do you need to be aware of when registering a...
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