THE INITIAL INTERVIEW: ASSESSMENT
The clinical social worker is informed about potential clients in many ways. In family service settings, for example, new cases may be presented at meetings at which workers volunteer to add them to their caseloads. In other settings, case assignments may be decided by a "case staffing team" of senior clinicians. At best, assignments are based on the fit between social worker expertise and client need, ethnic and racial match, or satisfying the clients' requests about their worker's gender, sexual orientation, age, and the like. At worst, assignments are based on who can squeeze yet another client into an already bulging caseload.