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Clinical Assessment for Social Workers

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Fifth Edition

Edited by Catheleen Jordan and Cynthia Franklin

Publication Date - 15 September 2020

ISBN: 9780190071905

496 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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Introduces readers to the foundations of assessment and illustrates the use of various assessment methods with children, adolescents, families, and multicultural clients


Clinical Assessment for Social Workers provides a wide range of standardized assessment tools, derived from different perspectives, to give readers greater flexibility in information gathering and intervention planning. Incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods, the authors encourage readers to approach assessment as both an art and a science. They advocate for discovering the balance between scientific, evidence-based approaches and the development of personal practice wisdom.

New to this Edition

  • New Chapter 8, "Trauma and ACEs," provides an introduction to the prevalence, consequences, assessment, and treatment of trauma and adverse childhood experiences
  • New Chapter 10, "Assessment for Suicide Risk," addresses the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • The latest diagnostic approaches from DSM-5 in every chapter keep practitioners up to date
  • Diagnostic criteria from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) are provided in comparison to the DSM-5 to help practitioners learn this diagnostic framework.
  • New case material and clinical examples of different assessment methods bring theory to life


  • Blend of quantitative and qualitative methods encourages student to integrate evidence-based assessment with clinical practice wisdom
  • A wide repertoire of assessment methods and measurement instruments allows creativity and flexibility in research and practice
  • Completed case assessments demonstrate the application of each method

About the Author(s)

Catheleen Jordan, PhD, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas, Arlington and an NASW Pioneer (2017). She is on the editorial board of Health and Social Work. Jordan is the author or editor of ten books including Introduction to Family Social Work (2013).

Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW, is the Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas, Austin. Recognized as one of the top 100 contemporary social work faculty, Franklin is the author of over 200 publications.

Table of Contents

    List of Appendixes
    List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes

    Chapter 1: Assessment Process and Methods
    Catheleen Jordan and Cynthia Franklin

    Chapter 2: Quantitative Clinical Assessment Methods
    Anao Zhang and Cynthia Franklin

    Chapter 3: Standardized Assessment Measures and Computer-Assisted Assessment
    Danielle E. Parrish, David W. Springer, Aynsley Scheffert, and Cynthia Franklin

    Chapter 4: Qualitative Clinical Assessment Methods
    Michelle S. Ballan and Molly Freyer

    Chapter 5: Children and Adolescents
    Catheleen Jordan

    Chapter 6: Adults
    Elizabeth C. Pomeroy and Kathleen Hill Anderson

    Chapter 7: Family Systems
    Anao Zhang, Cynthia Franklin, Laura Hopson

    Chapter 8: Trauma and ACEs
    Tara M. Powell, Wendy Hsieh, and OeJin Shin

    Chapter 9: Multicultural Assessment
    Dorie J. Gilbert and Katarzyna Olco

    Chapter 10: Assessment for Suicide Risk
    Regina T. Praetorius

    Chapter 11: Linking Assessment to Outcome Evaluation Using Single-System and Group Research Designs
    Bruce A. Thyer

    2A Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)
    2B Sample Clinician Report for the Youth Outcome Questionnaire 2.0 (YOQ)
    4A Use of Qualitative Methods to Determine the Ecological Validity of Neuropsychological Testing
    5A Psychological Testing Instruments for Children and Adolescents
    6A Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST Revised)
    7A Examples of Circular Questions
    7B Mediator's Assessment of Safety Issues and Concerns (MASIC)
    10A Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSR-S).
    10B Linehan Risk Assessment and Mdanagement Protocol (LRAMP)