Intervention and Evaluation Paper (30% of final grade)
Students will submit a 7 to 8-page paper that builds on their Engagement and Assessment Paper. Students may choose to continue with the same case or select another client or family they are working with in field. Students will reflect on their social work skills as they shift from the assessment phase to the intervention phase, as well as strategies to maintain the motivation of both the student and client/system they are working with.
Use the below headings to organize your paper.
I. Intervention Approach (5 points)
Students will identify the intervention approach they used (or would use) with this client, citing a minimum of 3 scholarly researcharticles to support their choice. In addition, students will provide specific examples of how they used the specific intervention approach and how they applied their knowledge of human behavior and the person-in-environment framework during the interventions.
II. Community Resources & Advocacy (5 points)
Students will describe how they incorporated community resources and engaged in competent advocacy for individuals or families (or how they could do this if they did not actually intervene in these ways).
III. Social Justice (5 points)
Students will describe how advancing social justice issues are a vital part of the intervention and evaluation phases, as well as how a continuous analysis of agency and community policy help or hinder intervention efforts.
IV. Evaluation (5 points)
Students will describe the evaluation methods and tools they used to monitor and evaluate client progress on goals and will describe the results. Students will also describe how they used monitoring and evaluation information to guide their practice with the client.
V. Reflection (5 points)
Students will demonstrate the application of the reflective practice skills they identified in their first paper, describing their perceived strengths, successes, and struggles, as well as what they learned and how they have grown as a professional.
APA format: 2 points
Written Expression: 3 points
Make sure you address EVERY aspect of all five sections of the paper. If you do not address each aspect of each section, there will a deduction of points. Simply saying, “I do not know”, “this does not apply to my client”, or “that is not an issue for my client” is not addressing the demands of the paper. You need to use critical thinking skills to dig deeper to make the connections. The purpose of the class papers is to see how well you are integrating what you have read in our text and discussed in class and how it applies in social work practice.
Client, Amaya Brown, is a 29 year old African American female born on August 20, 1989. Client was referred to the Salvation Army Center of Hope (COH) by the Red Cross. The Red Cross Emergency shelter was closing and client was intake under the disaster program. Client is from New York where family resides but family doesn’t accept client’s sexuality. Client moved from New York to be with significant other in Greensboro, NC and left due to domestic violence. The three biggest barriers for client are domestic violence, drug abuse, and anger problems. Now client resides in the Salvation Army Center of Hope Homeless Shelter.
I. Intervention Approach
The Salvation Army COH uses strength based case management. The Strengths Perspective intervention approach is used in case planning because it focuses on the strengths, abilities, and the potential that a client has and not the setbacks. According to Miley, O’Melia & Dubois (2017) client strengths are resources to use when working for change.
human behavior and the person-in-environment framework
Case manager observes and noticed client’s strengths through the weekly meetings and would make necessary changes to plan as needed. One of client’s biggest strength is openness to share with case manager. In the first couple weeks client does a great job keeping up with his weekly case management meetings. Client is willing to make better changes to monthly budget and use money more appropriately. Client is willing to be honest about substance abuse and attend substance abuse education classes to help with his drug abuse. Clients are to leave the shelter from 9am to 3pm and to be productive. Client goes out and uses public computers to fill out job applications.
Client notes increasing conflict with peers within shelter. Client was referred to Monarch for substance abuse treatment and affordable medication
Client is hesitant to let case manager know that she is still in contact with abuser.
Client miss bed check in time which is 12 am the next day if client misses bed check or will forfeit bed. Client is given a shelter hearing date. Case manager tried to get in contact with client to know what happened to advocate for her at hearing too not be discharged from shelter. Client failed to contact case manager and show up for hearing.
II. Community Resources & Advocacy
III. Social Justice
Social justice principle is aim at decreasing or eliminating inequity in a society and is a very critical part of the intervention. Homelessness is a social justice issue that affects millions of people around the world and based on many factors.
The evaluation methods and tools case manager used to monitor and evaluate client’s progress was looking at case plan goals weekly and seeing what is going well and what needs to change. The goals are S.M.A.R.T goals which means specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. One of client’s goals was to find a job so each week case manager and client would go over how many job application or interviews they had or did. Case manager does weekly case notes on client to monitor and record what is happening in client’s life. During case management meetings case manager asses resources and interventions the client’s needs.
Being a reflective practitioner is very important to be effective social workers. As a social worker doing case management a social worker must reflect and review their practice. To be a reflective practitioner a social worker must reflect on personal values and keep them in check with professional social work values and ethics. Being a reflective Social worker allows oneself to be mindful of inherent biases within oneself. Case management requires empowerment of clients and realizes the self-determination of client.