Psychosocial Assessment Essay

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PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT OF PLHIV Introduction It has been realized that psychosocial intervention is integral to the comprehensive Care, Support and Treatment services for PLHIV. Though psychosocial needs are identified as corner stones of quality services, it is often undermined. A lot of human resource issues are contributing to the lacunae of present interventions like lack of professional and component specific training, research, refresher courses, etc. in addressing specific psychosocial issues of PLHIV. The present counselling services or psychosocial interventions are limited to mere information sharing only. The counselors employed in CCCs are from social work/social science background. If they are professionally trained to deliver psychosocial interventions they can optimize the quality of life of PLHIV as envisaged. Psychosocial Assessment Social workers working with people living with HIV/AIDS must be prepared to assess and provide effective psychosocial interventions for individual clients. Assessment is an ongoing (dynamic) process. It provides comprehensive understanding of client/caregiver psychosocial functioning, environment, resources, goals, and expectations for community integration in order to optimize client care. Prime tool for assessment is relationship. Psychosocial intervention Psychosocial intervention is dealing with all the social phenomena which have direct impact on the individual and vice versa. FAMILY ASSESSMENT Genogram A genogram is a graphic representation of a family tree that displays the interaction of generations within a family. It goes beyond a traditional family tree by allowing the user to analyze family’s emotional and social relationships. It is used to identify repetitive patterns of behavior and to recognize hereditary tendencies. In social work, genograms are used to display emotional bond
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