Next up on our ASWB exam content outline tour: Discharge, aftercare, and follow-up planning. If you've worked at any of these, you know they're not so simple--something like juggling while balancing something on your head--they defy summarizing in a brief post, but we're going to take a shot at it, then look at how this material may appear on the social work licensing exam.
Here are some key aspects of social workers involvement in discharge planning, aftercare, and follow-up planning:
Limited access to resources, both within the healthcare system and the community, can pose significant obstacles to effective aftercare planning. Challenges also arise in addressing the diverse needs of clients, including cultural differences, language barriers, and varying levels of health--and mental health--literacy. Additionally, social workers must contend with the ever-changing landscape of healthcare policies and the ongoing need for advocacy to ensure equitable access to services. Successfully overcoming these challenges requires a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach that prioritizes the well-being and individual needs of clients (not to mention the social worker!).
Let's take a closer look at the ethical issues that often arise with this work:
On the Exam
How might this topic look on the ASWB exam? Probably something like this:
- A client's family insists on taking the patient home against medical advice. What legal and ethical considerations should guide the social worker's actions in this situation?
- A client's cultural beliefs conflict with the recommended aftercare interventions. How should the social worker proceed?
- Taking a medication regimen at home may be a problem for a soon-to-be-discharged client. What is the FIRST thing the social worker in charge of discharge planning should consider?
Get questions like these from all topic areas on SWTP's full-length practice exams.
January 22, 2024