Journal Entry #5

Interviews

Throughout the semester you will conduct a total of four interviews with your agency. The goal of conducting the interviews is for you to learn about the different roles, responsibilities, day-to-day activities, etc. that your agency has. Each interview will have a different focus that will correspond to your journal assignments. You are not required to record the interviews, but taking ample notes is strongly suggested as you will rely on these notes to help you complete your journal entries. These interviews can take place over the phone, Zoom, Skype, etc. Please see below for further details.
*All interviews will remain between you and your participant.
*You will not be required to submit/upload them to Canvas
Due
Date
Interview Focus
#1-
Week 4
(3/5) by

Field Work Impressions: Now that you have met with me and selected your agency,
you are ready to begin constructing your interview outline. Given that each agency
is unique, the following questions are general guidelines. Meaning that you can add
or skip certain questions if they do not apply. Remember your goal is to learn about
your agency so that you can make a decision about the type of service agency you
want to work in one day.

Questions to consider:

• What does a typical day look like?
• What duties/responsibilities do you have?
• How long have you worked for this agency? Have you worked for others?
• What communities/populations do you serve?
• You should add questions that are specific to your agency and experience as
well

Intervention Strategies Employed: Chapter three discusses the various intervention
strategies utilized by agencies. For this interview, I would like you to focus on the
type of strategies utilized by your agency.

Questions to consider:

• What strategies are employed by your agency?
• If multiple ones, which ones?
• What do these strategies look like in action?
• You should add questions that are specific to your agency and experience as
well
#3-
Week 8
(4/2) by
11:55pm
ASK Concept: Chapter four discusses the pyramid model. Specifically, the ASK concept is introduced, which claims that professionals must have a toolkit of attitudes/values, skills, and knowledge that work in concert to provide the best care for clients. For this interview, I would like you to focus on what these “tools” look like in practice.

Questions to consider:

What attitude(s) should an employee have when working within your agency?
• What values are present within your agency?
• What skills have you acquired while working at this agency?
• What skills are necessary to be successful within your agency?
• What types of knowledge have helped you to better support clients?
• You should add questions that are specific to your agency and experience as
well
#4-
Week 10
(4/23)
by
11:55pm
Values and Ethical Dilemmas: Chapter five discusses the ethical dilemmas faced by social workers. Specifically, the chapter opens with a conversation about self-determination. For this interview entry, I would like you to focus on self-determination. Questions to consider:
• Have you ever encountered a client that needed services but did not want
to receive them?
• Have you ever faced a situation that challenged your ethics?
• How do you know what is best for the client?
• You should add questions that are specific to your agency and experience as
well
*All questions listed are suggestions for your interviews

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