The second step as a practitioner that would be very

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The second step as a practitioner that would be very important to implement is found in the planning part of a GIM step. Because working with people with mental illness can be fraught with misinterpretation by the client a practitioner needs to first understand the illness, and what medications the client is on. Many pharmacological drugs may cause hallucinations, auditory as well as visual, and many clients suffer from mental illness that cause these effects such as schizophrenia. It is my belief that the GIM steps necessary starts in the planning period (Kirst-Ashman, 2015). Being prepared as much as possible before meeting with the client is paramount to a successful launching off point such as the first case manager-client meeting. Providing a safe and calm environment is a practical GIM step, it is essential to help the client feel that they can talk to you. Reassuring the client that they are safe, and that my role is to not judge them, but to help them. It is important for the client to understand that what they feel matters, and to acknowledge to the client that my role is to help them face the
challenges that they are experiencing. A person who is suffering from a mental illness is undergoing a high level of stress physically, mentally, and emotionally.
References Kirst-Ashman, K.K. (2015). Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice, 7th Edition . [MBS Direct]. Reply Quote Email Author Message Unread Mark as Unread Message Not Flagged Set Flag 1 month ago Access the profile card for user: Shawn McKinney Shawn McKinney RE: Discussion 2 - Week 1 COLLAPSE Hi Roxy, I enjoyed reading your analysis on the GIM and your perspective on tools that social workers need to have at their disposal to help clients on a physical and emotional level. One area that you wrote about, that caught my attention, was when you briefly talked about the Veterans Administration (VA). This topic for me is sensitive because without the Veterans Administration, I don't know if I would be alive today. So the VA has been under a scrutinized, 'microscope' for a very long time. There have been horror stories based on the wait times, level of care, and cleanliness of VA clinics and hospitals. However, one area that the VA has gotten better in is implementing peer support specialist that help Veterans with substance-abuse, mental-health disorders, and homelessness. According to (Ellison, 2016), " Based on prior related research,  we hypothesize that less engagement with PS services will be predicted by younger age, minority racial status,  greater homelessness history, less education, more symptoms of mental illness and substance use, and lower levels  of community participation and support. By seeking to identify such predictors of engagement, we are following the  advice of Hohmann and Shear (2002) to identify racial, cultural, and other sources of the acceptability of 

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