An Interview with a Clinical Social Worker
Interviewer: Thank you for taking out the time to allow me to interview you. The reason for this interview is to help my team and I identify various tests used by you in your field of work. Let’s began could you please give me some background information about yourself and how long you have been a MSW? Interviewee: My name is Jane Jones and I have been a social worker for 12 years. I have a BA Degree in Psychology that I have received from St. Mary’s of the Woods College in 1999 and I received my Master of Social Work Degree from Washington University in 2002. I have my CADAC II certification which allows me to counsel substance abusers. I am an advocate for women of domestic violence and women that are substance abusers. I worked for Sacramento Job Corp as a TEEP Coordinator. In that position my responsibilities revolved around teens and young adults’ substance abuser. Currently, I work at St. John Shelter for Women, there my role is a little more refined. I am a intake coordinator. As the intake coordinator I am responsible for screening clients to validate if they eligible to receive services from the organization. After the initial intake assessment and they are suited for the program they have to take a drug test which I administer and send off to a clinical laboratory. Interviewer: I understand that as a social worker you use various assessment forms or test. Could you please tell me what type of tests you use or may have used? Interviewee: As a MSW and substance abuse counselor I use two types of forms. The first form I use is a Alcohol and Drug Abuse Assessment Form (ADAA). Once the client has completed the ADAA they are given one of two tests, The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) or the SASSI-3. The purpose of the DAST is 1) to provide a brief, simple, practical, but valid method for identifying individuals who are abusing psychoactive drugs; and 2) to yield a quantitative index score of the degree of...
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