residence If you've been taking social work licensing exam practice questions, you've no doubt encountered items that require you to know when reporting and hospitalization are required. You're less likely to have crossed paths with questions about when it's best to refer clients (in vignettes and in real-life practice) to residential treatment. It's something worth considering, both for exam prep and for doing good social work. The question has happily gotten a thorough write-up and sits awaiting yuor attention in the Social Work Today archives. The "too long; won't read" for Residential Treatment--When to Consider It, What to Look For is this:

Generally speaking, patients enter residential treatment in acute or subacute crisis situations during which their needs are too intense to be managed with outpatient treatment but which do not rise to the level of severity requiring inpatient treatment.

More specific criteria covered in the article:

  • Outpatient treatment hasn't helped.
  • Other support has been tried or is unavailable.
  • Hospitalization isn't indicated.
  • Diagnosis is unclear and requires close observation (e.g., ruling out secret substance abuse).
  • Safety issues that can't be managed with outpatient (e.g., substance, eating, self-injury)

Have a minute? Give the article a look-see. And poke around the archives while you're there. You never know what might once you're sitting in front of the social work exam!


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January 20, 2015
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