Case Study #2
SOW5341 Social Work Practice
Dr. Terrell Brown
Mr. James has arrived for his assessment at the Gadsden County Human Services office. His demeanor is somewhat different from the last meeting. He is more reserved today and seems to be open to effective communication. The case manager, Tameka Footman enters the room and greets Mr. James. Mrs. Footman asks Mr. James, how he’s feeling about the session today. Mr. James responds and says that he’s feeling good about it. Mrs. Footman reviews the events that took place last session and asked if there were any questions from the previous meeting. Mr. James says that he doesn’t have any questions are is eager to get started.
Mrs. Footman begins the assessment by asking if there was history of substance abuse in the family? Mr. James responds and says that both of his parents used substances when he was a child and that he and his siblings were exposed at a very young age. He says that his parents also used to fight a lot and his father was jailed many times for domestic violence. Mrs. Footman asked if he’d ever used substances. His initial response was “yes, years ago”. Mr. James began to tell me about the altercations that he and the mother had in front of the children. Mr. James implied that the mother is to blame for everything because she doesn’t love the children. He says that the children only want to be with him and always cries when they must visit the mother.
Mrs. Footman asked if he drinks now and if so what is his drink preference? Mr. James replied that he doesn’t drink at all. Mrs. Footman asked how much would he consume in the past when drinking. Mr. James said that he would drink until he passed out. Mrs. Footm...
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...imes he feel like he’s losing his mind an it hard to regain his focus. He doesn’t recall any mental health issues within his immediate family but he wanted to make sure that he addressed it with me. I asked him if he’d ever thought f committing suicide? He reported that he never though about it but he feels like he’s been close to a nervous breakdown. Mrs. Footman, thanked Mr. James for attending the session and reassured him that they would work together in order to streamline a plan to help him as a person and to help his children.
Mr. James began to tell her that there are other things that he’d like to discuss with her, when he was ready. He said the her that he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it today. Mrs. Footman old him that she was ready to listen whenever he was ready to talk about it. They ended the session and scheduled the next appointment.
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