Patricia Case Study

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Making sense of human situations, during times of crisis is a critical part of the helping process. Understanding this practice is both theoretically and experientially formed. Focusing on both the individual and familial systems from the initial engagement are the foundations of opening communication channels and developing an appropriate working relationship within their social concepts. Outcomes lead by correct interpretations during the initial engagement, are critical to the assessment process. The worker must identify themselves as part of the situation (Chenoweth & McAuliffe, 2015, p. 236), by engaging clients in a dialogical report; acknowledging personal biases and values. By raising aims through methods of ‘critical consciousness’ (Gray & Webb, 2009, p. 94) will support the service user’s involvement when making decisions, maxamising agency within the intervention process.
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By extension of traditional casework goals, radical casework practice incorporates broader socio economic complexities such as ‘ideologies, power conflicts and oppressive socio-economic practices’ (Fook, 1993, p. 42), which were conceptions identified during Patricia’s assessment. Patricia has emphasises that some of her personal problems are underling factors of her inability to cope with her immediate social environment and the complexities of her marriage, which she has communicated to be ‘at breaking point’. Reclaiming control over the effects of her social situation is a primary focus for Patricia. Change can be promoted by adapting strategies to evoke change and obtain self-control, these prevailing expectations will grant Patricia some strength and space to manage, and feel control within her ambivalent

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