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Respond to at least 2 peers by Day 5In order to complete a proper assessment on a client, it is important for the social worker to know the environment/community the client lives in. Community needs assessment entails evaluation of a community’s current and potential resources, existing problems, and barriers to solving problems (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2012) This is affective with any level of social work practice. The participatory research model can be effective as a means of assessing a community using the assistance of those groups most at risk. In Abdel’s case, he presented with multiple problems. He suffers from PTSD, he is an immigrant in a new country, he is having conflicted feelings about informing his wife that he is infact alive, he’s facing possible unemployment and homelessness, and he is suffering from loneliness (Plummer, Makris & Brocksen, 2014). Assessing the community’s available resources, community attitudes, and gathering information about the community strengths are a helpful ways of helping Abdel navigate direction over his life, and help empower him to keep making good choices.ResourcesKirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2012). Understanding generalist practice(6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014).Social work case studies: Foundation year.Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].Discussion 2:For this Discussion, review this week’s Resources, including the Hernandez Family Case Study video and the assigned pages from Chapter 2 of the Krist-Ashman & Hull (2012) text. Consider the potential challenges of working with mandatory and involuntary clients, such as the Hernandez family.This week’s lesson focuses on the Hernandez family who was mandated by ACS to seek mandated weekly family sessions and complete a
parenting group at their local community mental health agency. The reason for this referral was because ACS was contacted by the school social worker from Juan Jr.’s school after he described a punishment his parents used whenhe talked back to them (Plummer, Makris & Brocksen, 2014). After a home visit with the family, and once they admitted to their form of punishment, theACS social worker deemed their punishment unfit.Potential ChallengesMr. Hernandez, more so than his wife, is presenting resistance to the mandated family sessions. The reason for this is because they feel that their way of parenting is not wrong. Both the parents grew up being “punished” if they did something bad, they are only raising their children the way they have been raised. An optional approach to help engage and help ease the tension between practitioners and mandated clients is the use of the solutionfocused approach. The solution focused approach as a way of engaging involuntary and mandated clients. The solution focused approach emphasis on building motivational congruence, which is a fit between client motivation and the services practitioners attempt to provide (de Jong & Berg, 2001). d Jong &