A course incorporating theories derived from the liberal arts base, including physical science, biology, sociology, and political science. An ecological systems framework is used to integrate these various theories in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of person and environment dynamics. This understanding is then used to develop a holistic assessment approach, which is a distinguishing feature of generalist practice. Course emphasis is on the application of this integrated systems framework in the assessment phase of work with individuals, families, and small groups. The course content is linked to other foundation content through its application in the problem-solving process. Teaching methodology includes lecture-discussion and exercises in applied assessment.