The Psychosocial Assessment > Introduction

Psychosocial Assessment

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
4 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $20



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CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 4 hours of CE Credit

TEXAS: This course meets the criteria for acceptable continuing education as defined by the Texas State Boards of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers for 4 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 4 continuing education credits/contact hours by:

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
  • The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: CCAPP-IE Provider # 1N-16-256-0824
  • The California Associations of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) #CP40 977 H 0425

It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their board regarding specific CE requirements.


CE Course Description

A thorough Psychosocial Assessment is key to creating an effective and clear treatment or recovery plan for clients to progress in treatment. This course identifies many important aspects of a psychosocial assessment, including the use of tools such as the ACES and CANS, as well as other areas which should be included in such an assessment. Towards the end of the course we have included the case study in development of Fezzik, the character from the Princess Bride. This helps illustrate some of the developmental features which are useful in a complete assessment. 

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.

CE Learning Objectives

After the completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • Comprehend the significance of psychosocial assessment as part of the process of creating an individualized treatment plan.
  • Compose a comprehensive psychosocial assessment by considering the elements and sub-elements that composed the said assessment
  • Explain Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to perform a psychosocial assessment on children through the use of CANS
  • Evaluate the theory and tools incorporated and used for mental and psychosocial needs assessment in humanitarian setting

Course Outline:

  • PART 1
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • Chapter 2: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  • Part 2
    Assessing Mental Health and Psychological Needs and Psychosocial Needs and Resources

    • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • Chapter 2: Overview of the assessment process
    • Chapter 3: Assessment methodology
    • Chapter 4: Translating assessment into action
    • Chapter 5: Fezzik from the Princess Bride: Developmental Case Study
      • Introduction
      • Physical Maturation
      • Medical and Psychiatric History
      • Cognitive Maturation
      • Psychosocial Development Tasks
      • Interpersonal Relationships
      • Conclusion

  • Appendix A: Study Questionnaires
    • Family Health History Questionnaire
    • Male Version
    • Female Version
    • Health Appraisal Questionnaire
      • Female Version
      • Male version

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Update February 2021

The Psychosocial Assessment > Introduction
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