Agents of Change Clinical Terms Flashcards


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20 clinical terms from Agents of Change online study guide
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1

EcoMap

Represents a person's most important relationships with the resources/
systems in their lives including the including people, groups, and organizations/institutions and how these relationships positively or
negatively impact that individual

2

Genogram

Allow social workers to gather detailed information to explore
relationships between family members. Can also help identify any
patterns of behavior between relationships.

3

Static Risk Factor

Factors that do not change or which change in only one direction.

(ie age, ethnicity, family background, personal history)

4

Dynamic Risk Factor

Potentially changeable risk factors and offer the opportunity for intervention.

(ie current symptoms, substance use, compliance, peer associations)

5

Contraindications

Any specific drug, procedure, or medical condition or symptom that demonstrates that it is not safe or advised for a particular individual to move forward with a particular treatment.

(ie pregnant, antisocial patients)

6

Comorbidities

Two or more diseases or medical conditions that are present at the same time.

7

Triage

The process of dividing incoming work or client division by priority level to ensure the highest priorities are handled first.

8

Anhedonia (type 1)

Social Anhedonia; You don’t want to spend time with other people.

9

Anhedonia (type 2)

Physical Anhedonia; You don’t enjoy physical sensations.

(ie A hug leaves you feeling empty rather than nurtured. Your favorite foods
taste bland.)

10

Dual Diagnosis

Coexisting severe mental illness and substance abuse disorder. These
conditions occur together frequently.

11

Differential Diagnosis

More than one possibility for the diagnosis.

12

Adverse Event

Any incident that leads to harm, loss or damage to people in care, visitors or workers.

13

Adverse Mistakes

Misjudgment, wrong decision or wrong action.

(Ex: sending a client home with the wrong paperwork.)

14

Adverse Incidents

Any incident that leads to harm, loss or damage to
clients, their family, or staff

(Ex: A client is sent home when they are not safe due to a communication breakdown. They assault a family member when they are released).

15

Adverse Near Miss

An event that could have caused harm, loss and damage, but fortunately did not do so on a particular occasion.

(Ex: A client is sent home when they are not safe due to a communication breakdown. They return home and no harm is done.)

16

Harm Reduction

Refers to a range of public health policies and practices designed to lessen the
negative social and/or physical consequences for behaviors that may be legal or illegal in nature.

17

Collateral Data

Information gathered about a client from the client’s known contacts.

(ie Family reports, hospital discharge summary, school reports, medical records, court records, employment records.)

18

Cognitive Dissonance

the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values,
or attitudes.

(ie Feeling uncomfortable before doing something
or making a decision... Trying to justify or rationalize a decision you've made or action you have taken... Feeling embarrassed or ashamed about
something you've done and trying to hide your actions from other people)

19

Triangulation

When an outside person intervenes or becomes involved in
a stressful or contentious relationship in an attempt to ease tension and
facilitate communication.

20

Feminist Theory

Based on the assumption that the problems of clients are not within the female psych, but within our societal structure, which is patriarchal and oppressive to women.

(ie focusing on the links between a woman’s position in society and her individual experiences.)

21

Malfeasance

Form of malpractice when the social worker intentionally engages in harmful practice or actions.

(ie Being sexually involved with a client, Inappropriate or inaccurate billing of
services, Embezzlement of funds from an agency)

22

Metacommunication

Means of communication through non-verbal expressions like facial expressions, body language, gestures, voice tones, etc. It is a
secondary process of communication used along with verbal communication.

(ie Rolling eyes, Folding arms, Biting nails, Leaning back/leaning
forward, Facial expressions, Tone of voice, Gestures)

23

Partializing Techniques

Sort out the various issues that need to be addressed and a strategy for making them more manageable.

(ie Maslows’s Hierarchy of Needs can be useful for this process.)