Challenging the social work view of assessment
Social work intersects with clients from across the cultural span. Yet, we often approach issues from an ethnocentric perspective. This disadvantages clients, particularly when the social worker's role creates power imbalances. Examples can be seen in such definitions of what is a family? What is parenting? What is the role of the child? Using attachment theory, this lecture will explore ways in which theoretical and clinical application must be considered through the lens of the client's world view. This can mean approaching assessment quite differently with a more fluid sense of qualitative and quantitative data used to make clinical judgements.
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About the presenter
Dr. Peter Choate is a Registered Social Worker and Member of the Clinical Registry, Approved Clinical Supervisor for the Alberta College of Registered Social Workers. He holds a PhD in Addictions and a Master of Social Work. He is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mount Royal University.
Dr. Choate has been engaged in clinical private counselling and an assessment practice with an emphasis on addictions, domestic violence and child protection matters. He has been qualified as an expert witness on many occasions in the Provincial Court of Alberta (Family and Youth Division) in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton as well as the Court of Queen’s Bench (Calgary and Medicine Hat).
He provides services to Alberta Child Welfare, Youth Probation Services (Calgary) and is a Continuing Education Instructor at the University of Calgary. His particular emphasis is on child and adolescent mental health including maltreatment, neglect and abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) and these issues within family systems. He has presented nationally and internationally at various conferences and as a trainer for organizations in these areas.