2007). Clients may feel that the social worker has limitless power leaving them powerless in the situation (De Boer & Coady, 2007). If Karen can start her client-social worker relationship with Donna on a positive note, she may be able to mitigate some of Donna's concerns on the first visit which could, in turn, benefit future interactions (De Boer & Coady, 2007). As a social worker, Karen must be self-evaluative and be aware of how she may present to her clients (Schreiber, Fuller & Paceley, 2013). She should ensure that her relationship with Donna is one based on mutual acceptance, understanding, and collaboration (Schreiber, Fuller & Paceley, 2013). Karen should be kind, warm, trustworthy and ‘meet Donna where she is' without judgement (Schreiber, Fuller & Paceley, 2013). Karen has a heavy caseload but should ensure she has adequate time so that Donna feels heard and validated rather than rushed (Schreiber, Fuller & Paceley, 2013). When considering child welfare cases, a good relationship between a social worker and their client can be seen as a prerequisite to successful evaluation in which the client discloses full information and intervention to which the client agrees to and complies with.
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