Elissa Wall Character Analysis

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Family roles and relationships
Elissa Wall (main character) lived a normal live according to her FLDS faith. Her father Douglas married her first wife Audrey, second wife (Elissa’s mom) Sharon and lastly his third wife Laura. Many times Elissa felt as the lost child and relied on her sisters for comfort and care. Her mother Sharon had many children to take care of, that she often felt misplaced. Despite the many issues between her mother and mother Audrey, Elissa recalls a happy childhood at home. She had a good relationship with both of her parents and siblings the majority of time. Sharon and Laura were taken out of the dad’s priesthood (marriage) for misbehavior and were sent to a different priesthood. Elissa thought that sooner or later
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Gender and culture are key to the first approach, because Elissa is a woman and also because she grew up in a different culture. As a social worker my job is to provide help and services that are available for her, there are services which also depend on her situation. Based on a brief assessment of her situation and the traumatic events that she went through, I find extremely important that she receives the following services, which are necessary for her well-being: Mental Health, Trauma Support, Community Resources, Financial Stressors and Legal Resources. While growing up Elissa considered that she had normal childhood, but had a different perspective when she experienced different events in her life. She needs a referral for individual therapy or psychological services, to describe her emotional trauma. Social workers can provide brief crisis intervention in certain situations such as her situation, this may include short term emotional support for her. Trauma support will help her deal with the experience of rape and abuse. This will give her support for her physical and psychological experience, such as an event or situation that caused her great distress. A social worker can provide emotional support for individuals following a traumatic event as well as appropriate referral information for community resources. Referrals to community resources to help with her basic needs such as clothing, food, shelter, etc. Access to mental health resources to help and treat her with any symptoms of psychological and social issues. In addition to referring patients to various community resources specialized in housing, food, clothing etc. Social workers are also able to help patients cope with significant financial stressors. This may also include referrals to community agencies, and assistance directing to a different systems in the community. After she left her family and

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