Discussion 1: Treatment Evaluation Many social work students dread taking research classes. They often view the courses as unnecessary to be a good social worker when, in fact, the opposite is true. How do you really know that your interventions are working, unless you evaluate them? As a social worker it is essential to identify in a quantifiable manner whether a treatment is helping the client or if it needs to be abandoned for another approach.
In the past, social workers depended on recognizing a client's progress through their own observations. Today, with a significant push both in the field of social work and among insurance companies to provide evidenced-based practice, social workers now are expected, more than ever, to evaluate their practice. Selecting the proper measurement/evaluation tool, based on the clients' presenting concerns and treatment goals, will provide the evidence-based practice that is expected by the field.
For this Discussion, review this week's Learning Resources, including the course-specific case studies. Select either Abdel or Pedro from the course-specific case studies provided and search the Mental Measures Yearbook database to identify potential scales that could be used to evaluate the treatment. Select one of the scales you identified and consider why it might be useful in evaluating treatment.
Finally, think about the validity and reliability of that scale. Note: The course-specific case study you select should differ from the case study you selected in Week 6. Post by Day 3 a description of the scale you might use to evaluate treatment for the client in the case study you selected and explain why you selected that scale. Be sure to reference the case study you selected in your post. Finally, explain the validity and reliability of that scale. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.