Macro Practice Community Analysis

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In my early forties, I was given a second chance to choose a career. I was laid off from my workplace of 18 years due to a slump in the oil industry. I started working with an employment agency to perfect my resume and come up with creative ways that my skills transferred to other industries, but my heart wasn’t in it. My job had meant to be a short-term pit-stop on my way to realizing my true purpose, one that got too comfortable. This was an opportunity for me to select a meaningful career that I could be proud of. The direction of my career change chose me, even before I took the battery of career aptitude and personality tests offered by the employment agency. I had spent the last year battling a brutal cycle of depression spent in direct …show more content…

I recently critiqued a research article on patient-centered care within behavioral health facilities for my Research class. I am currently working with four of my peers on a Macro Practice community analysis where we are focusing on the limited availability of affordable behavioral health services in the small mountain community of Tehachapi. In my Policy course last semester, my research paper dealt with poverty and mental illness. For another Policy assignment, I wrote letters to Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein in support of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. I was pleased when I attended the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Legislative Lobby Days this month, that one of the three bills sponsored this year was SB-8 Diversion: Mental Disorders act, which my colleagues and I got to review with a representative from Senator Jean Fuller’s office. My favorite course thus far has been our Diagnostic Process class, where we learned how to use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) and I look forward to taking my Mental Health Practice and Substance Abuse electives next …show more content…

A dimensional model provides a “continuum with ‘normality’ appearing on one end of the continuum and severe forms of a disorder at the opposite end” (Sue, Sue, Sue & Sue, 2016, p.93). Using the same Schizophrenia diagnosis to describe a high-functioning doctor stabilized on her medication who has identified her triggers and has learned coping mechanisms to deal with her auditory hallucinations and a low-functioning woman living in a long-term care facility who needs help getting dressed in the morning isn’t helpful. One step in the right direction of behavioral health care is the fresh emphasis on patient-centered care. Moving away from a disease-centered model “allows clients to be active participants in their treatment plan” (Tempier, Hepp, Duncan, Rohr, Hachey & Mosier, 2010, p. 453), which aligns with social work’s strengths perspective and empowerment of the client. Using a comprehensive biopsychosocial model and respecting the diversity of culture and values helps to truly see each client as an individual, which honoring their resiliency and supporting them on their path towards

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