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Access the profile card for user: Nadia Herbert Nadia Herbert RE: Discussion 1 - Week 4 COLLAPSE Greetings, The social worker in Brenna’s case did a great job addressing the clients needs. She addressed her social, health, and need for financial assistance. The social worker did mention issues with social services and Brenna’s frustration with filling out forms because of her not being able to read and write well. I would contact the departments she visited and ask what are their policies on helping individuals who have difficulty reading. I would also ask if they are trained to identify clients who are having difficulties and what approach do they use to help the client. “ Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities” (NASW, 2008). Breanna was possibly discriminated against because of her not being able to read and fill out the forms properly. The department she was in should have been able to help her more and offer assistance. I would also advocate for state policy on identification for homeless persons. This has been a challenge in my current field of work. Most homeless persons move from home to home, shelter to shelter and lose pertinent information to obtain an ID or the ID itself. I would look into whether the shelter has a process for helping their clients obtain IDs. Without ID you can’t apply for jobs, obtain public health care, or get financial assistance. So I think a system needs to be in place to help those in need of identification., Does the shelter have homeless ID forms for the state facility? Does the state provide free IDs to the homeless? I've had to personally go to the DMV with clients and vouch for them. I've had to ask for supervisors that had the authority to look the person up in the system and verify their identity through pictures and former addresses. Advocating for clients is important for social workers in helping them feel empowered about promoting social change for social and economic justice (Kirst-Ashman and Hull, 2015, p. 519). My clients feel like superheroes once they get an ID, they
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feel like a person, gives them a sense of power and control in knowing that the system should work for them. Every client has the right to feel empowered and ability to improve their economic status, getting an ID a key issue to gaining those resources. Kirst-Ashman, K.K. and Hull, G.H. (2015). Understanding Generalist Practice (7th ed.). Stamford, CT, Cengage Learning. National Association of Social Workers (2017). Social Justice. Retrieved from Reply Quote Email Author Hide 6 replies Message Unread Mark as Unread Message Not Flagged Set Flag 1 month ago Kathyanne Goodridge-Purnell WALDEN INSTRUCTOR MANAGER   RE: Discussion 1 - Week 4 COLLAPSE Nadia: Your post embodies a commitment to social justice and advocacy!
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