BPSSA: Feedback Informed Treatment

Faculty Sponsor

Rachel Murray


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-28-2022


A social worker is dedicated to helping others. The means of help can look different depending on the setting. One of the more common roles of a social worker is that of a counselor. As a counselor, one must “assess and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities” and use said assessment and evaluation to provide resources and advice to help with any difficulties occurring. Biopsychosocialspiritual Assessment, BPSSA, is an approach to aid in the understanding of a client. This assessment tool focuses on an individual's biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects that influence their lives. This allows a social worker to properly evaluate a client’s treatment needs, assist in planning and implementing goals, and evaluate client progress.

During this assessment, I would meet with a client, or peer, and learn how these different elements affect their life. This assessment occurs over many weeks as I would meet with the individual once a week to discuss background information and what is occurring in their lives. Some aspects of this individual’s life that I would examine would be various functionings: physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological, cultural, and interpersonal capabilities. These aspects would allow me to properly assess how the individual is functioning day-to-day. During the beginning of this assessment, I created an action plan that would allow the client to have a distinct goal. We use elements like an outcome rating scale and session rating scale to ensure this assessment is a feedback-informed treatment, or collaborative approach.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

My name is Clo Perkins and I am a junior Social Work major. My current involvement on campus is with the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Student Social Work Organization, and ultimate frisbee. I am one of the junior cohort representatives for the student social work organization, or SSWO. Additionally, I am a social service intern at Avalon Springs, located here in Valparaiso.

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