Individual Needs Assessment
To prepare your response to this question, read the scenario
below and consider how you would best assess the needs of the client. To
organize your response, use the format below. Once you have identified the main
need(s), predict the obstacles that might arise in accessing service (client)
and then provide possible solutions.
Scenario: Individual Needs Assessment
You are working as an employment specialist at a substance
abuse agency and work primarily with clients who have successfully completed
residential treatment and are currently living in a transitional living
facility (some are still referred to as halfway houses). One morning, you
arrive at your office to find Carlos standing outside waiting for you. He is
very worried that he is about to start a new job the next day working for a
government office as a mail room clerk. His problem is that he does not have
appropriate work clothes or money for the bus. Further, he tells you that his
therapist (from a local mental health center, not your agency) told him that
his insurance will no longer cover his individual therapy sessions, but that he
could attend group sessions. He currently has no income and will not have his
first paycheck from the government for about a month and no benefits for
another three. He appears to be getting more and more stressed in your office,
as if he might have a panic attack.
all of the problems that you can find in the scenario related to Carlos in
order of most immediate need to least.
what you will do to help him with the first two needs that you listed.
obstacles might he have in accessing services?
can you do to help him to work around the potential obstacles?
Discuss one of the acts that played into the history of
prevention and crisis intervention. What gave rise to this change in the
history of crisis intervention? Pick one of the topics to discuss in detail:
the suicide prevention movement, the Community Mental Health Act, the Lanterman
Petris Short Act, or Psychiatric Emergency Treatment. How did these
acts/movements change the role of prevention and crisis intervention in the United
There are five main approaches to crisis intervention:
Which of these approaches could you see yourself using as a
crisis-intervention worker? Why? Provide an example of how you would use this
approach in your work.