Dr. Susan Gray publishes textbook introuducing new approach to mental health assessment
Feb 16, 2011
Contact: Whitney Sessa
Miami Shores, Fla. – Barry University School of Social Work professor Susan Gray, Ph.D., Ed.D., LCSW, has written a textbook titled “Competency Based Assessments in Mental Health Practice: Cases and Practical Applications.”
Geared toward social workers and mental health clinicians, Gray’s textbook introduces a new, unique approach to mental health assessment by partnering a competency-based evaluation grounded in strengths and possibilities with other traditional and widely-used assessment methods.
Gray’s competency-based assessment provides a framework for clarifying the patient’s competence by evaluating not only the impact of mental illness, but also the relationship between a client and his or her environment. By evaluating both problems and competencies, Gray’s method seeks to provide a more comprehensive view of a patient’s “story,” rather than defining a patient solely by a mental illness diagnosis.
Gray is a professor in the School of Social Work at Barry University and served as a member of the task force responsible for creating the Advanced Practice in Clinical Social Work Standards for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
“Competency Based Assessments in Mental Health Practice: Cases and Practical Applications” is available from John Wiley & Sons Inc. at http://www.wiley.com.