"It was in discussion twelve how we talked about this subject, the chapter highlights some fundamentals for working with individuals from diverse cultural/racial background groups; individuals from diverse religious backgrounds; women; men; gays, bisexuals, and lesbians; the homeless and the poor; older persons; children; individuals who are HIV positive; the chronically mentally ill; and individuals with disabilities." 2015, p. 234). I think it helped me better understand this subject when we talked about real life situations and how to handle this problem in the work field. Clients will be able to sense when you are putting off negative energy toward them, you are not there to judge them but help them with their problems. By doing so it can affect the connection you are trying to build with the client, and the trust could be broken. When a client does not feel that you are understanding them, this can lead to them not wanting to work with you or discourage them from seeking help from anyone in your profession, especially when it comes to drug addicts, we do not want to discourage them from getting help.
This case study is on client, Harold, referred to Greenbrier Behavioral Health Center, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), from Greenbrier Behavioral Health Hospital. The client is a 43 year old, retired, white male, living in Slidell, Louisiana. His highest level of education is a GED. He is married with two children ages 8 and 12. He recently retired after more than 20 years from the police force. Harold is overweight, wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt, appears clean and groomed. He is sitting, calm and quiet with arms resting on his legs.
I was among three therapists sent to New Hope Corps transitional home for quarterly face-to-face contact with client. Client has been at the transitional home for three months and all reports are that he is doing well. I met with transition home counselor at the home prior to meeting with client. The transitional home counselor reported that the client had made much progress in his therapy group this quarter. She had reported at previous meeting that client had not wanted to share any of his issues with the group and just sat there until the time was up in group and then left with no remarks. During this quarter, he has begun to open up about his feelings regarding his birth father and his anger toward him. He has talked about his drug use. The transition home counselor began meeting with him individually two months ago and that one-on-one counseling has given him the encouragement to share with the group. The transition home counselor warned me that client would want to discuss his desire to return home as soon as possible. I met with client alone to discuss his progress over the last quarter. He reported that he is feeling good about
The client session presented in class is for a twenty one year old female with a history of methamphetamine and intravenous heroin use. The client has two children under the age of five. The father reported the oldest child has developmental delays such as being one year behind grade level. The client would like to become a full time mother again once she graduates from treatment in approximately three months. The children are not placed at the facility; however, she has received overnight visits. The client is currently working her fourth Alcoholics Anonymous step with her sponsor. She reports that her sponsor “helps me be more human” as she can share some of her imperfections with someone who has successfully worked through their addiction cycle.
This week in the field was productive. The tasks completed this week were some tasks I have completed throughout the semester interning at the Department of Social Services (DSS). Throughout this week I had the opportunity to complete more home visits outside of the clients I am familiar with on my supervisor’s caseload. This is that I was able to complete a home visit with one of her coworkers to experience working with different populations the agency works with. During the home visit with my supervisor’s coworker, she and I sat with the client to discuss information pertaining to her court orders. With the client’s children being classified as medically fragile, the client has been ordered by the court to report for parenting classes and
Since the previous meeting, the client has made some changes. The client is not apprehensive or hesitant to speak with writer and reported that: “[he] did not trust writer with [his] problems during [their] first encounter”. The client has been cooperative, maintaining eye contact, and presenting organized thoughts, and appropriate insight and judgements. The client has set a short term goal of sustaining sobriety and a long term goal of managing his anger. The client continues to present symptoms of major depressive disorder with alcohol dependence (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Both of these goals are great to work on with the client because they may have a positive effect on the client’s
This internship has been a significant experience for me so far during my education journey; to progress and develop skills to become a dedicated professional social worker. Learning the theory of social work and its application in the real world; combining classroom work, with actual cases. I have a better understanding of how to apply the theoretical and practical skills I learned. Gaining this experience of working in private practice, gives me an opportunity to understand the mechanisms of a mental health office environment. By expanding my theoretical knowledge to work in other fields of social work practicum.
Social workers are those who care about those in their community, who want to make things better, help those suffering and who want to be great impact in the world. Those who do such things are counselors, community managers, probation officers and etc. whom help those in our society in need. Social workers are found in hospitals, schools, military offices, in community offices and other more locations. While helping society become healthier, social workers are always on the go: either having to go somewhere or to someone who needs guidance to a better life.
Establishing rapport with a client during the intake process is the foundation of a strong therapeutic alliance that is crucial for ensuring client return and prevention of early termination of treatment (Marini, 2015). Yet, counselors often find it challenging to find this rapport with clients who present with substance-use disorder (SUD). They may be ambivalent for being compelled to seek treatment by family or a judge. Denial and unwillingness to give up substance use behaviors can make the client defensive and secretive. Even cultural, ethnic, and gender differences can foster client suspicion if the counselor is perceived as biased or insensitive. Co-occurring mental disorders may also create challenges; clients who have a high risk of
his the client has met his treatment plan goal regarding completing his second step. the client shared about the insanity of his drinking and the people that he had hurt in the course of his drinking, getting DUI's and being force to retire from his broker business , the huge financial cost of getting these dui's , and being selfish in his addiction. The client mention that he is 65 years of age and it's time to get a grip on this thing called addiction. The client also completed a list of triggers which were stress , and social gathering. The client has yet to come up with ways of dealing with this triggers. Client at this time seemed to genuine open and honest during his 1x1 session. However, the client needs to be connected to what
Learning from each client and handling cases differently requires skills, even if they appear to have the same commonality. Some of your clients may appear to be functionally better than others but, that does not mean that they don’t share the same characteristics. Learning is an essential element that is used based on experience and the information received from the client. In order to be an effective counselor, it is vitally important to learn from each of your clients. I learned not to be judgmental or prejudicial towards
Throughout the semester, I learned valuable lessons and skills that would aid me in becoming a successful social worker. In addition, working on the public issue project provided me with the opportunity to put what I learned into action. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to put what I learned in the classroom to use while working in the community with a group of women, as a team, to accomplish a set goal. Over the last several years, through observation, I saw the homeless population grow in the downtown Atlanta area and sometimes wondered what I could do to help aid in their well-being, especially in the winter months when they were living on the streets with little clothing. I recognized the problem, assessed the issue and came up with a goal. The public issue project gave me the opportunity to not just think about helping the homeless stay warm., but to do something to contribute keeping them warm. I learned the importance of setting a plan, putting it into action to reach a goal. Therefore, I choose to do a coat and blanket drive, as my public issue project, for those living on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia during the winter months.
If you are looking for an exciting and meaningful career working with people, social work could be the career for you. Social workers are people who care about people and who work to make things better in their environment. Social work as a profession is about helping people find solutions that enable them to function as best they can in the environment in which they live.
The client had a troubled childhood growing up in Los Angeles California. He grew up poor, eating out of trash cans, moving from hotel to hotel. After his parent’s divorce, his father abandoned the family for several years. This has caused the client to feel abandoned and worthless. The Japanese community did not accept John because “ I was of mixed race,” which also made the client feel worthless and unwanted. The client did not have many friends in his neighborhood because “ I was different” in appearance compared to the other kids in the community. The client felt like an outcast and would keep to himself. In high school, the client reconnected with his father and moved into his home. The client reported, “ I would lay in the bed for days,