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In this course, you have explored the complex interplay of the social environment and aspects of biological, psychological, and social development from birth to adolescence. Of course, this interplay is never immediately apparent to a social worker when working with a new client. The social worker must gather information, via interview, to begin to understand and make sense of the client’s unique situation.

Social workers use a biopsychosocial assessment (sometimes called biopsychosocial-spiritual) to collect and document specific information about the client’s life and the factors that have shaped it. It is, at once, a summary of current issues and problems, a listing of past factors that may be relevant to the present situation, and a description of potential issues that may have an effect on the client in the future. The assessment provides a holistic picture of the client and is used to guide treatment and goal setting.

For this Assignment, imagine yourself as Ray’s social worker. Though you won’t be interviewing him, you have learned a great deal about his story in videos throughout the course. Now, in this Assignment, you apply that learning to identify, categorize, and record important information about Ray’s development in a biopsychosocial assessment.



Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity. Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.



· Review the videos depicting Ray’s case that have been provided throughout the course, as well as any notes you have taken on the videos thus far.

· Review any feedback you have received from Week 8 Discussion 2 and the Week 9 Assignment.

· Download the Biopsychosocial Assessment Template from the Learning Resources and use it for this Assignment.


Using the template,  submit a 5- to 7-page biopsychosocial assessment focusing on Ray. The assessment should be written in professional language and cover the following sections:

· Presenting issue (including referral source)

· Demographic information

· Current living situation

· Birth and developmental history

· School and social relationships

· Family members and relationships

· Health and medical issues (including biological, psychological, and psychiatric functioning and substance use)

· Spiritual and cultural development

· Social, community, and recreational activities

· Client strengths, capacities, and resources

At the end of the document:

· Include a summary and analysis of the overall challenges experienced by the client and how the social environment has contributed to those challenges. Describe how this analysis of the social environment would be beneficial to treatment and goal-setting.

· Then, describe two goals that you can work on with this client based on the assessment. Explain why these goals are appropriate and relevant to the case in addressing the presenting issue and challenges.

Please use the Learning Resources and additional research to support your analysis. Make sure to provide APA citations and a reference list.