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Case study report - 30% (1500 words)
This assignment aims to assist students in identifying and developing key social work knowledge and skills that are necessary for conducting a social work assessment and intervention plan with individuals.
In this report students will:
•Prepare an initial assessment report using a framework for assessment discussed in class or any other framework discussed in the literature;
•Provide evidence of the use of social work knowledge in conducting an assessment;
•Define their plan for intervention in work with the client;
•Critically analyse social work ethics and values that were considered in the case;
•Provide a reflective account of own reactions including an exploration of personal values and beliefs that may impact on assessment of the case presented.
In completing this report students must provide appropriate references (a minimum of 8 to 10 references). APA style. If using Book Page no compulsory, page no needed in quoted articles. Use provided articles at least 4-6, can be used other relevant resources. PPT will be helpful.
Guiding questions you may ask for this assessment:
Assuming that you are the social worker working on the case example and based on the information provided what is your understanding and assessment of the client’s situation?
What additional information would be important for you to explore with the client and or/others?
What knowledge (social work and knowledge obtained from other sources e.g., Sociology, Psychology) will assist you in your assessment of the situation? What intervention strategies would be appropriate for you to put in place at this stage for the client(s)? What social work ethics and practice standards would you be guided by?
What professional and personal values and beliefs would have bearing on your work with the client?
Due date: 17/4/18
Weighting: 30%
Length and/or format: 1500 words
Purpose:
This assignment aims to help students identify and develop key social work knowledge and skills necessary for conducting a social work assessment and intervention plan with individuals.
Please find a choice of three cases for your case-study report. Choose any one case and use the questions provided as a guide/format for writing your assessment report. Please refer to the marking criteria in your unit outline.
Case Scenario 1: Jason
Jason is a 16 year old, year 10 student of Chinese Malaysian ethnicity. His parents came to Australia when he was four years old and he has two younger sisters both born in Australia. Jason’s parents run a restaurant and hold strong traditional beliefs related to Confucian ethics and filial piety. They expect him to take over the family business and to continue the family name and lineage through marriage and children. Jason’s main interest at school is in art, at which he excels and in which he wants to establish a career. Lately however he has been falling behind in all his subjects and his year teacher, Mr Martin reports that he seems to be generally disinterested and isolating himself from all other students except student called Troy who is continually bullied by other boys who call him a ‘fag’ and tell him he should use the girl’s toilet. Recently Jason was found near the school oval unconscious with a bottle of anti-depressant tablets beside him. Mr Martin wonders if it could have been a suicide attempt. He is also wondering that because Jason spends so much time with Troy then he may be experiencing some distress relating to gender and identity. Consequently, Mr Martin has referred Jason to the School
Counsellor. Jason is anxious and reluctant, afraid that his parents will also be asked to attend. He has told his parents that he just fainted at school and everything is fine. You are a student social worker at the School and your social work supervisor has asked you to meet with Jason.
Guiding Questions
1.
Using a social work assessment framework what would you consider are some immediate issues and long term concerns in this case? Discuss
2.
What social work knowledge will inform your assessment of the situation?
3.
What intervention strategies would you consider essential at this stage for the client?
4.
Identify professional values and beliefs that you would consider/be aware of in this case. During this assessment process what personal values would you consider as having particular bearing on your work with this client?
5.
What social work ethics and values would you be guided by?
6.
Identify any ethical dilemmas that may have arisen for you.
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Case Scenario 2: Ivanka
Ivanka is a 63 year old woman of Eastern European background. Her husband Janek died of a heart attack 2 years ago. Ivanka resides in her 3
-bedroom family home which she owns in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. Ivanka was always the home maker and cared for her husband and son and also worked in a local “deli- (specialty food store) until her husband died. Ivanka was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was brought to the local hospital by her son who became concerned when he found his mother very disoriented and unaware of her surroundings. The hospital staff have concerns for her “capacity” given that she has in recent times left food unattended cooking on the stove and has locked herself out of the house on multiple occasions. Her son Alex aged 36 has reported that since Janek died the house is in a state of disarray and Ivanka has “never been the same”. Alex would like to help his mother and states it his duty as a son to support her in her home and be cared for by his Australian wife Jane.
Jane feels strongly that Ivanka requires residential care and wants Ivanka to move to a nursing home as soon as possible. The treating team is of the view that Ivanka may require assistance regarding future independent living and will require care assistance which her son may find difficult to provide offsite. Ivanka does not see what “all the fuss is about.” She is happy in her home the way it is and does not want to move or have any “strangers” doing housework in the house. She also mentioned to her specialist/geriatrician that $10,000 is missing from her bank account and she is not sure where the money went. You are a social work student in the hospital and have been asked to see Ivanka to assess her for future care planning.
Guiding Questions
1.
Using a social work assessment framework what are the immediate issues and long term concerns in this case? Discuss
2.
What social work knowledge will inform your assessment of the situation?
3.
What intervention strategies would you consider essent ial at this stage for the client?
4.
Identify professional values and beliefs that you would consider/be aware of in this case. During this assessment process what personal values would you consider as having particular bearing on your work with this client?
5.
What social work ethics and values would you be guided by?
6.
Identify any ethical dilemmas that may have arisen for you.
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Case Scenario 3: Nafisa Ali
Nafisa and her husband Abdul arrived in Australia as refugees from Afghanistan in 2013. Nafisa, Abdul and their two young children Zafri (boy) aged 12 and Zoya (girl) aged 10 endured much suffering and hardship before their refugee status was recognized by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). The family was initially displaced inside Afghanistan before they arrived at a refugee camp where they lived for four years. Nafisa and Abdul have no contact with their family in Afghanistan and do not know if they are even alive.
On arrival in Australia Nafisa, Abdul and their children spent three years in a Detention Centre. The family now resides in a two bedroom apartment in the inner city. The two children attend a local school. Zoya and Zafri are fearful of people in authority and have difficulty adjusting to their school in Australia. The children are able to speak some English but are often teased in School because of their poor English language. Abdul is currently unemployed and is looking for a suitable job as an electrician. Nafisa and Abdul do not have many friends and have been cautious about meeting other families from the Afghani community. Nafisa prefers staying at home and does not go out much. For the last six months Nafisa has been complaining of severe headaches, stomach pain, nausea and insomnia. Abdul has taken Nafisa to see a local GP but she has been guarded in opening up to her GP. A member of the mosque has suggested to Abdul that he approach the child and family center for assistance. You are a student social worker in the family support center and have been asked to meet with Abdul to assess his family situation
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Guiding
Questions
1.
Using a social work assessment framework what would you consider are some immediate issues and long term concerns in this case? Discuss
2.
What social work knowledge will inform your assessment of the situation?
3.
What intervention strategies would you consider essential at this stage for the client?
4.
Identify professional values and beliefs that you would consider/be aware of in this case.
During this assessment process what personal values would you consider as having particular bearing on your work with this client?
5.
What social work ethics and values would you be guided by?
6.
Identify any ethical dilemmas that may have arisen for you

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