What is a Psychosocial Assessment?

As your social worker, one of the most important documents in order to convey information about you is the psychosocial assessment. A psychosocial assessment is the social worker’s summary as to the problems to be solved. The social worker considers a variety of factors, which may include the substance use/physical/psychiatric illness and its impact, results derived from psychological tests, legal status, descriptions of the problem(s), existing assets and resources, the prognosis or prediction of outcome(s), and the plan designed to resolve the problem(s).

Your psychosocial assessment should:

  • Communicate pertinent information about you to other professionals for case planning and referral purposes.
  • Establish in writing an account of “where you are at” at a particular moment in time during service provision; the psychosocial assessment offers baseline information about you when you entered Fort Smith Behavioral Health during a specific treatment episode.
  • Offer the social worker an opportunity to reflect on, refine thinking, and raise questions about you and your situation – to digest information about and impressions about you through the process of writing about it.

At Fort Smith Behavioral Health we assign up to four Individual Therapeutic Sessions, so that you can feel heard and understood. Through this understanding a personalized treatment plan can be developed for our future work together.