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The GIM helps social workers who work with those withmental illness in many ways. Many social workers work with the homeless, and many homeless peoples suffer from mental health disorders, mostly untreated. It is necessary for a social
worker to be able to access services for someone who is homeless where that person is at. For example, a social worker is doing outreach on the streets of a big city, while that social worker goes through neighborhoods looking for someone who ishomeless to help, they must be prepared. Having a laptop available to them at the time of contact can help both the social worker and the client fill out the social security disability forms online. This is one example of meeting someone where they are at, both physically as well as emotionally.ReferencesKirst-Ashman, K.K.(2015). Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understanding GeneralistPractice, 7th Edition. [MBS Direct].Lin, V. W., Lin, J., & Xiaoming, Z. (2016). U.S. social worker workforce report card:Forecasting nationwide shortages. Social Work, 61(1), 7-15. doi:10.1093/sw/swv047ReplyQuoteEmail AuthorHide 3 repliesMessage UnreadMark as UnreadMessage Not FlaggedSet Flag2 months agoMohammad Tirmazi WALDEN INSTRUCTORMANAGER
RE: Discussion 2 - Week 1COLLAPSEMs. TracyThank you for an informative post about addressing the needs of individuals with mentalhealth challenges. Given the sensitive nature of working with individuals with mental health concerns, what specific GIM steps should social workers be most concerned with. You raise some great points about utilization of the GIM across micro and macro levels.Prof. TirmaziReplyQuoteEmail AuthorHide 1 replyMessage UnreadMark as UnreadMessage Not FlaggedSet Flag2 months agoAccess the profile card for user: Roxanne TracyRoxanne Tracy RE: Discussion 2 - Week 1COLLAPSEProfessor,The first step as a practitioner would be to choose the approach that would best serve the client. The systems theory model would be most appropriate because so much of the client’s environment intertwines with how the client feels (Kirst-Ashman, 2015). For example, a client who has been diagnosed
with Bipolar I Disorder is currently in the manic phase of their disease. It is known that in this part of the cycle that a client maytend to become sexually promiscuous, and/or they are more likely to go on spending spree’s. It is essential for the practitioner to be aware of the family structure, what support system’s the client has, if any. By doing this, it helps to work with the client to make healthier decisions when this manic phase occurs (Kirst-Ashman, 2015). I am certainly not saying that it is the practitioner’s job to tell the client what to do. As with anyone the client has the right to make whatever decisions he or she wants to make. That as well is an important GIM step (Kirst-Ashman, 2015), it never is ethical to become the commander in chief, if you will of the client.