Jimmy Toussaint's Recovery Case Study

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In light of the devastating hurricane which struck Haiti, the Toussaint family has experienced a traumatic event. Initially, before any sort of social welfare relief can be administered to this family, the social worker must conduct an effective crisis intervention treatment on the family. According to the Psychoanalytic Theory, disequilibrium of a person’s cognitive state, occurs when a person goes through a crisis. A crisis is perceived as any event which leads to an unstable or hazardous situation which may affect individuals, groups and communities alike.
Crisis intervention is a short term technique used to treat clients who are experiencing emotional disequilibrium. Individuals faced with a crisis are; temporarily disrupted cognitively,
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role confusion stage (Erikson, 1959), during this stage of a child’s development, individuals learn important life lessons on which they can use to progress unto adulthood. Children become more independent and begin to look at their future prospects. The main goal of the individual in this stage of development is to gain a sense of identity and belonging in society. Individuals who receive encouragement and reinforcement emerges from this stage with a strong personality demeanor. Additionally, during this stage the physical body changes. However, due to Jimmy’s disability, even though he is at the identity vs. role confusion stage of development, his mental age is not the same as his chronological age (Plotnik & Kouyoumdjian, 2011). He may have the cognitive capacity of a preschooler; hence, Jimmy may best benefit from being placed into a special needs institution. As the institution would be best knowledgeable to care for him in his present state. Jimmy may also develop a sense of belonging when he is around individuals similar to …show more content…
role confusion stage (Erikson, 1959), during this stage adolescents are stuck between childhood and adulthood. Adolescents in this stage strives to develop a sense of self and as such would engage in experimental behaviour in order to find themselves. Subsequently, as a result of experimental behaviours Patsy is currently pregnant and has dropped out of school. Erikson posited, on completing this stage successfully individuals gain the ability to understand and live by society’s standards and expectations. Individuals who have not successfully completed a stage of development would be stuck at the stage until they are able to complete it. Conversely, due the Patsy’s stage of development she is not equipped with the mental capacity of caring for an infant. The social worker must intervene and administer Patsy into a programme that would best seek the needs of herself and her baby, while also fostering learning and education that would prevent further

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