09/06/2013

SOCIAL WORKER TOOLBOX: Strengths Assessment Form

 

The attached Strengths assessment form was developed by Rapp (1998) as a way of identifying client competencies in 6 life domains where their personal and environmental assets are defined.

 

  1. Daily living situation
  2. Financial
  3. Vocational/Educational
  4. Social and Spiritual Supports
  5. Health
  6. Leisure/Recreational

 

These domains correspond to life areas that clients are most concerned about. The social worker would actively identify the strengths, talents and resources their clients would have in each of these domains, and link them to the vision of what they would like to see. The form assists in formulating collaborative outcomes, and also seeks to tap on the history of experience, to identify occasions where things went according to what they desired. Clients then prioritise the areas that they would want to work on collaboratively with the social worker.

Although initially crafted for clients suffering from mental illness, the form has been experienced to be useful for clients with general issues, as a means to move towards effective contracting and to identify important strengths to reframe problematic situations.

Reference

Rapp, C. A. (1998). The Strengths Model: Case Management with people suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. New York.