In General Practice 1 I have learned many valuable things. Some of the ones that stood out to me most were learning how to make my own website, which will be very useful in my future career. I also really enjoyed learning a lot about mental illnesses though the thunderbird clubhouse experience and also from my evidence based research paper. I learned what EVP means and why it is so important to continue to acquire knowledge in this field of work. Mostly I learned what it means and what it takes to be a social worker; I feel like I got a honest look into what I am getting myself into and I am excited to continue forward.
Lady Bird Johnson, the first lady to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, is an excellent example of an advocate. She used her power to advocate for the war on poverty, conservation, and women’s rights. Her advocacy in conservation is best know because of her work to plant trees and flowers along highways, roadways and greenbelts. She advocated for women’s rights when she spoke out about the Equal Rights Amendment and said it was “the right thing to do”. She made clear public statements about her beliefs, conveyed sincerity, and fought for the rights of others that didn’t affect her, like the war on poverty; showing that she had all the skills of an effective advocate.
I have used my classmate’s advice to edit my website and made changes to improve it. I moved my diversity paper, Agism in the Workforce, to its own tab instead of how it previously was as a blog post. This helped to make my website more organized. I also created a about me tab that I added my resume and a picture of myself in. I believe that this helps with the professionalism of my website and could increase the websites usefulness in obtaining future jobs.
My peer could improve their website page by adding a picture and resume, have the OU school of social work as a page on their site, and maybe make it more visually pleasing. Adding a mission statement in an about tab might also be helpful for those viewing their site and trying to understand its purpose. Overall their website is well on its way to being informative and easy to navigate.
I feel like my social work classmates and I have become a group. A lot of us have formed a group text so that we could mutually assist each other in understand assignments, due dates, and any other questions. I have connected with my classmates as a group because we see each other daily and share the same class expectations which binds us together. I also feel as though all my classmates and I are working towards the same goal and supportive of each other in reaching it. We study together, we correct each other’s mistakes, and we hold each other responsible. We have become a unit and it has made for a really stimulating learning environment.
The clubhouse model approach for helping those with mental illnesses seem to be highly effective. The model puts a lot of emphasis on having their members develop a sense of worth and I believe this is one of the reasons why the clubhouse model is so effective. Members become part of the clubhouse community and find that they have value they never saw in themselves. Without a sense of personal value and worth it is nearly impossible to battle mental illness successfully. I do not see many issues to be challenged with this model but will be looking for any upon my visit to ThunderBird Clubhouse in Norman, OK.
I think it is important for social workers to practice evidence based research to insure the best outcome for their clients. Evidence based practice involves using the most recent and credible solutions to clinical issues, one’s own professional expertise, and the client’s preferences and values. This helps make a solution that is relevant, well researched, and acceptable to the client and the social worker. This practice also keeps the client safe from questionable treatment methods and the professional safe from losing their license or lawsuits.
Clinician: Welcome (client’s name), I glad you were able to make it in today. Can you tell me about what’s brought you here?
Client: Thank you. I just recently went through a bad breakup and it’s all I can think about lately.
Clinician: It sounds like it’s been really hard for you since the breakup (reflective responding). Could you tell me more about what made the breakup so bad?
Client: Well I recently found out my boyfriend of 2 years has been cheating on me with a mutual friend of ours. I really thought he loved me.
Clinician: How did you find out and what did you do after?
Client: Well he and the women he’s been cheating on me with were both staying in my families vacation home with me and a few other friends.I went to wake him up one morning and saw texts from her on his phone when I was attempting to set an alarm for him. They were very sexually explicit. It was really embarrassing but I told them both to leave as soon as I found out.
Clinician: Wow that does sound difficult but it very impressive that you were able to terminate the relationship so quickly after you found out despite the difficult social situation and your deep feelings for your ex. Someone else might just have pretended not to know the truth in your situation. (empowerment)
Client: Yeah I guess so, but I still think about him all the time and just can’t understand why God would let this happen? I was so happy.
Clinician: Do you believe that God has your best interest in mind? (spiritually awareness)
Client: I usually do but I just can’t see how this time.
Clinician: It may be hard to see now but have you thought about how this could be beneficial to you in the long run? It sounds like to deserve more than to be treated like that by someone that claims to love you. ( Critical Thinking)
Client: Yeah maybe so, I just gave him everything and I don’t know why it wasn’t enough.
Clinician: So you invested a lot into this relationship and think maybe you didn’t do enough? (clarification)
Client: Exactly. I just don’t know what went wrong.
Clinician: I think is a good place to stop for today. Until our next meeting be thinking about why you think you’re responsible for his infidelity instead of thinking it was his decision. Maybe consider if you would do anything differently and why and we can discuss your thoughts on this next meeting. Thank you for being so open with me and I look forward to our next meeting. (termination of session)
I feel that self-determination ( 1.02 in the NASW) is a very important ethical standard in the Social Work Code of Ethics because as a social worker it is important to remember that our job is to help clients make decisions but not make decisions for them. I can see how it could be difficult when you feel like you know what’s best for the client but they feel otherwise. Despite our opinion or the opinion of others, like the client’s family or friends, it is the client’s life and they have every right to decided what to do with it. Many of the clients that social workers help have had very few opportunities to make their own decisions because they haven’t been treated as competent, but in reality they are the experts of their own lives. It is our job as social workers to help them understand all their options and even express to them what we think is right but at the end of the day we must respect their decisions.
In the chapter 1 reading I was intrigued by the models, particularly the Generalist Intervention Model, and would like to better understand its importance. I’m wondering if the model is how all social workers address problems or just a technique than can be used? I learned the foundation for Generalist Practice and the 8 steps involved with it; I also hope to gain a better understanding of those.