Building Trust And Cooperation Within The Worker Client Relationship

1420 Words Mar 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Another element from the conversation that makes sense to me, and I will be more conscious of in the future, is the explanation of how our clients not reaching their goals, or not being able to achieve a certain task, as an opportunity to explore why not and to give them more positive reinforcements rather than to count not accomplishing tasks as failures against them (Quartz, March 7, 2016). I can see these practices as ways to build trust and cooperation within the worker-client relationship.
C. Elements that I already knew about and furthered and/or clarified my knowledge and understanding throughout the semester…
While I understood that clarifying roles involves social workers helping clients understand the nature of the process and conditions of the court order or mandate as Trotter (2006b) explains in the chapter Role-Clarification. During this class I furthered my knowledge on how to explore not only the ‘why’ the client is there but how to engage them in participating in their own problem-solving process. During in-class discussions throughout the course, we reviewed the skills required to accomplish relationship-building including empathy, positive reinforcements, acknowledging the difficulties and challenges clients face, not holding strikes against the client whenever they are unable to accomplish a task, and social workers’ constant learning and being open to change. While I already held knowledge on relationship building, I had not thought about the “strike”…
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