I. Client Situation. (10 points) 2-3 pages
Describe the client system. (e.g., individual, family, other small group, larger group, team, program, agency, organization or community) and the client’s situation that is the reason for your intervention. Include a discussion of how this client’s situation fits into your area of specialization. For example, if your area of specialization is mental health, describe how the client’s issues/concerns fit the definition of mental health, mental illness, and/or mental well-being.
II. Apply, synthesize and analyze knowledge, theory, and skills in relation to the client system
A. Human Behavior and the Social Environment (10 points) 2-3 pages
Select and describe one or more of the most relevant HBSE theories that contribute to the client’s issues and concerns. Briefly explain the theory and how this theory is relevant to your client’s area of concern/problem situation.
B. Social Policy (15 points) 3-4 pages
Select and describe one or more of the most relevant social policies relevant to the practice situation. This policy section refers to state and federal policies (laws, court decisions, or regulations), not agency policy. Be sure to cite the laws and policies correctly (as you should with all literature you reference). Briefly explain the policy and how it is relevant to your client’s area of concern/problem situation. Use a policy analysis model to analyze the effectiveness of the policy for the general client group you have chosen and then your client specifically. Include carefully referenced literature sources including books; peer-reviewed journal articles; research studies; government documents, reports and data; and web sites. While this is not expected in the space available to be a full policy analysis, you should draw on one of the policy analysis models with which you are familiar, and reference the model fully. Based on your analysis, what would you advocate in terms of policy review, application, formulation, or revision?
III. Engaging, Assessing, Intervening, and Evaluating Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities In this section you will demonstrate your ability to apply interventions from your area of specialization to the client situation.
A. Engagement (10 points) 2-3 pages
Describe how you did engage the client in the assessment and intervention. What specific skills did you use to engage the client?
B. Assessment (15 points)3-4 pages
Describe your efforts to collect, organize and interpret information about the client. What are the client’s 4 strengths and limitations? Your assessment should include a discussion of relevant issues of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, stigma, and/or sexual orientation as applicable to your client. Be sure that your discussion of diversity links well with the client and or client situation. Discuss how the issues of social and economic justice and human and civil rights may relate to this specific practice situation.
C. Intervention (15 points) 3-4 pages
Present a mutually developed and agreed upon intervention strategy with specific goals and objectives. Provide a rationale for your selection. Describe your intervention from beginning to end, including termination. How did you help the client prevent or resolve problems? How did you negotiate mediate and advocate for your client. Select and discuss at least 3 practice skills (micro/macro) used in your intervention with the client. Write a critique of your work with the client. What did you do well in terms of the intervention? What could have been done to improve the outcomes with the client? How was the intervention empowering? How may it have been discriminatory or oppressive? Provide a discussion of whether the intervention was developed from a theoretical practice model. If so, which practice theory? If not, what practice theory could have been used to facilitate better outcomes? Regardless, analyze and provide evidence-based knowledge about the theory-based intervention (used or proposed) and its effectiveness.
D. Evaluation (15 points) 3-4 pages
Select one of the methods used to evaluate change and improvement with clients/client systems (single subject, pretest/posttest or other). Provide a rationale for the evaluation method you selected. Describe the method and how you would facilitate using that method to collect data to assess change and improvement.
IV. Conclusion (10 points) 2-3 pages
Critically review your practice situation and intervention as an external observer and comment on the following: Identify and describe one or more potential ethical and values issues related to this practice situation. Be sure to reference the NASW Code of Ethics in your discussion. Discuss how this assignment raises issues of professional strengths and challenges. Formulate a plan for lifelong professional learning and continuing education. NOTE: The final document should be between 20-25 double-spaced pages (not including references or a cover page) and in 12-point font. Your paper must adhere to APA style (6th edition).