Social Work and Human Services

Social work – Human Behavior Social Environment 2
January 7, 2018
Social work – Human Behavior Social Environment 2
January 7, 2018


Social Work and Human Services
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC. ISBN: 9781433805622.
Lundahl, B. W., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Applied human behavior in the social environment. Boston, MA: Pearson. Note: Please keep this book, because you will use it again in MSW5005, Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2. ISBN: 9780133884746.
Perry, B. D., & Szalavitz, M. (2006). The boy who was raised as a dog: And other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook – what traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing. New York, NY: Basic Books. ISBN: 9780465056538.


For your course project, you will choose from Levi, Tommy, or Hofsa. The clients in the case studies are ethnically diverse and are struggling with a variety of mental health issues.
During the course of this project you will:
• Organize client information to paint picture of their present intersectionality.
• Develop a statement of the presenting problem.
• Make a list of the environmental factors influencing the problem.
• Choose one theory to help you and client understand the problem.
• Discuss the chosen theory’s ability to point to a solution.
• Discuss the cultural competence of the theory.
• Use this case to compare and contrast your chosen theory to 2 others.
This is a 3 part project. Spending time up front to get a good picture of the client and their issues is time well spent. You may “add” some information about your client but do it in Assignment Two and be very specific about what you are adding (more demographic or environmental information).
Levi is a 35-year-old man who is HIV positive. He works as an auto mechanic. Since learning that he was HIV positive 10 years ago, Levi has been on medications that have stopped the progression to AIDS, and Levi is fairly healthy. However, the emotional toll has been much more serious. Levi has withdrawn from most social interactions. He has not told anyone in his family, and has fallen away from most of his friends. He has been able to obtain a variety of medications for anxiety, and often takes more than the prescribed dosage. In addition, he has had a cocaine habit that he views as his one area of excitement in life. His pattern of use is on weekends, or sometimes as a pick-me-up to get to work. He tends to use the anti-anxiety medications in the evening to help him relax and sleep. He sees his life slipping away in what has come to feel like an increasingly empty lifestyle. He calls a counselor to talk about his problems.
Tommy, a 22-year-old, has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. During his time there, he was nearly killed by an IED that destroyed his vehicle and killed two others. Tommy was in the hospital for a concussion after the accident, and was never able to return to his unit. He is married and has a two-year-old daughter. Since returning, Tommy has been going to bars during the day and often drinking until passing out at home during the evenings. His wife, Angie, is extremely alarmed, not only for Tommy but for herself and their child, as Tommy gets very angry at times.
Andrea is a 17-year-old Hispanic in the U.S. illegally. She crossed the Mexican border with her mother last year. Mama is finding sporadic work. At times Andrea has been able to work with her mother. However, there are many days when Andrea is left by herself in the rundown building where they live with other illegals. Andrea got involved with a young man who also lives in the building and now she is pregnant. She doesn’t want the baby, but her mother is a strict Catholic and Andrea knows she won’t condone an abortion. She has come to you for help.
Hofsa is a 24-year old Muslim woman from Somalia. She was able to relocate to the United States when she was 18; she has been living on her own, taking college courses and working since that time. Recently her family has been able to come to the United States and they have joined her in Minneapolis. Her family has had a traumatic time in Somalia, and are having trouble assimilating in the US. They expect Hofsa to work and support them, and always be available to take them where they want to go, to serve as an interpreter, etc. Since Hofsa has been in the States, she is less strict about following the strict, traditional Muslim guidelines that her family practices and this is a constant source of conflict within the family. To make matters even worse, Hofsa has fallen in love with another Somali refugee; the problem is that he is from a tribe in Somalia that Hofsa’s family considers an enemy tribe.
WEEK 5 ASSIGNMENT (4 Pages, 4 References)
Assignment Description
For the first component of your course project, you will select a case study and a theory. Your first task in this assignment will be to review the three case studies provided in this unit’s study activity: Levi, Tommy, or Hofsa. Select one of these case studies to use for your course project. Then, choose an appropriate theoretical framework to apply to this case.
In this assignment, you will develop a picture of who you believe this individual to be. Consider his or her salient characteristics, traits, resources, and barriers. Together, how do all of these facets impact his or her behavior and response to the situation presented in the case study? You will also analyze the selected theory within the context of this case. You will not apply the theory to this case until the Unit 7 assignment.
Assignment Instructions
For this assignment, complete the following:
• Organize client information to paint a picture of their present intersectionality.
• Develop a statement of the presenting problem.
• Discuss the key components of the theory you selected to apply to your chosen case study of Levi, Tommy, or Hofsa.
o Component examples include Component examples include psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, person-centered, feminist and gender sensitive theories, systemic, et cetera.
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your selected theory, using academic resources to support your position.
Evaluate how cultural competence is applied to your selected theory.
Describe at least one implication of the theory as it relates to human behavior and development for your chosen case study of Levi, Tommy, or Hofsa.


WEEK 7ASSIGNMENT (5 Pages, 4 References)
Assignment Description
For this assignment, you will apply your chosen theory to the case study selected in the Unit 5 assignment.
Assignment Instructions
For this assignment, complete the following:
• Describe how the theory you selected can be used to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
• Explain how the theory guides social work practice within an at-risk population.
• Critique and apply research-based knowledge and practice wisdom to understand person and environment.
• Provide documented examples that support the application of your theory to this case study.


WEEK 10ASSIGNMENT (5 Pages, 4 References) Presentation requirements: 10 slides with correct

Assignment Description
For your course project assignment, you will write a scholarly paper and create a PowerPoint presentation.
Assignment Instructions
For this assignment:
• Discuss why you believe the theory, chosen for the assignment in Unit 5, will be most useful to you in your social work practice.
• Compare and contrast your selected theory with at least two other theories, explaining why the theory you selected is a better fit for your practice.
• Explain how theory guides social work practice including the areas of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
• Using the content of your Unit 5 assignment, your chosen case study and selected theory, create a PowerPoint presentation that presents a comparison of your theory with at least two other theories in the context of applicability to your chosen case study.
o Explain your reasoning using multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.
Submit both the paper and presentation in the assignment area.




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