Social workers are frequently involved in making decisions and in managing risks, although there has been limited conceptualisation to connect these tasks with each other or with assessment processes. This lack of connection reflects the general separateness of the wider academic discourses on risk and uncertainty often sociological and organisational, relating frequently to business or economic contexts and those on decision-making often focusing on psychology of individual judgement, and typically relating to medical or military contexts. This is a psycho-social rationality model for choosing between options, such as possible care, support or intervention plans for a client or family. Like other psycho-social rationality models, this model incorporates both individual cognitive dimensions and framing aspects of the decision environment. Relevance to social work is discussed with examples and reference to various settings and decision processes.
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