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Biopsychosocial Assessment


NCMHCE & Addiction Counselor Exam Review
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
AllCEUs Continuing Education
 Learn how to conduct a biopsychosocial interview and why it is important
 Physical: CAMP CHANT
 Affective/Cognitive: ATOMIC CHIPPER
 Environmental: SS SHIP
 Relational: ABCDEFs
 Spiritual: CHIRP
 Culture
 Race / Ethnicity
 Age
 Marital Status
 Biological & Identified Gender

Physical: CAMP CHANT
 Circadian Rhythms & Sleep
 Addictions incl. behavioral
 Medications & supplements (incl. CBD, psychotropics))
 Pain
 Cardiovascular disease
 Hormones: Gonadal & Thyroid
 Autoimmune including Diabetes
 Nutrition & Hydration
 Omegas
 Creatine
 Calcium
 Bs
 Vitamin D
 Iron
 Magnesium
 Zinc
Affective/Cognitive: ATOMIC CHIPPER
 Affect & Emotional Dysregulation
 Trauma
 Orientation X 3
 Memory Issues
 Insight / Judgement (Need Awareness)
 Concentration

 Cognitive Ability / Educational Issues
 Hallucinations & Delusions
 Impulsiveness
 Problem Solving & Coping Skills (strengths)
 Psychiatric Diagnoses
 Esteem (self)
 Relative Hx. of Dx
Environmental: SS SHIP
 Sensory Sensitivities & Triggers
 Sounds (noise)
 Smells
 Sights
 Safety (Perception of )
 Housing (Stable, with whom)
 Income
 Personal Space

Relationships: ABCDEFs
 Attachment Issues (Style, abandonment)
 Boundaries
 Communication Skills
 Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns
 Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
 Family of Origin and Current Nuclear Family
 Social Support

Spiritual / Cultural: CHIRP
 Connection to Others / Universe
 Higher Power
 Influence of Culture
 Reason for Current Condition
 Purpose in Life
 A variety of different things can “cause” or worsen behavioral health symptoms.
 A complete biopsychosocial assessment can help identify possible issues which can be synthesized into the comprehensive summary (Pieces of a puzzle)

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