In this assignment, you will read about adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT), a very vulnerable and at-risk population in American society.

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Social workers tend to work with vulnerable and at-risk populations. In this assignment, you will read about adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT), a very vulnerable and at-risk population in American society. In addition to dealing with the general developmental milestones that other adolescents are wrestling with, such as identity and independence, they are also struggling with stigma, isolation, oppression, and other factors that LGBT teens have to deal with. If the teen is also a person of color, their risks escalate.

Social workers must be extremely careful and cautious in working with these individuals, ensuring that they not only utilize effective engagement methods but also utilize appropriate assessment tools for interventions and goal-setting. Thus, you will be analyzing a case study about an LBGT adolescent, not only for how you think things ought to have been done differently in the scenario, but also examining and critiquing the assessment that was done on the primary teen in the case study.

In addition to the scenario and assessment critique, you will also explore the supervision that was demonstrated in the case study. Supervisors have extra responsibilities in their role as mentors to other social workers. Additionally, specific Codes of Ethics (COE) have been developed that apply to social work supervisors. A supervisor’s role should not be taken lightly. You will encounter some great supervisors in your social work career; you may also encounter some who do not excel at supervision. In analyzing the case study for the supervisor’s interaction with the social worker, you will have the opportunity to critique the supervision provided and determine whether or not the supervisor violated any COE in their interactions. These analyses and critiques will help prepare you to work with clients, especially vulnerable and at-risk groups, and gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of supervisors before you start your field practicum.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

Formulate a planned change process that demonstrates the importance that diversity and difference makers in clinical micro social work practice.
Integrate input from supervisors and consultants to guide professional judgment and behavior.
Demonstrate character, scholarship, and leadership in becoming a world changer through application to personal life and professional social work practice.
Demonstrate Christ-like attitudes, values, worldviews, and ethical and professional behavior within advanced clinical practice.
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Resources

Textbook: Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice
Textbook: Theories for Direct Social Work Practice
Article: Policies Discriminatory of the LGBT Community: Do Social Workers Endorse Respect for the NASW Code of Ethics?
Web Page: NASW Code of Ethics
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Background Information

In this assignment, you will analyze a case study to determine what you would have done differently or what ought to have been done differently in the scenario, especially with the client. You will see if you can find a better assessment tool that you think ought to be applied in the scenario and provide evidence as to why that assessment tool ought to have been utilized.

As the second phase in the planned change process, conducting thorough and appropriate assessments is extremely important—you not only get to know the client better but goals and interventions flow from the assessment. An inappropriate or incomplete assessment will not be beneficial for either you or the client.

In addition to focusing on the interactions with the client, you will also assess the supervision that was described in the case study: How well did the supervisor do his job, and was he ethical in his supervisory capacity? How might you address a supervisor who was less than ideal, in general, in providing you with supervision? These are important issues for you to consider as you not only prepare for your field practicum but also as you are looking for employment after you graduate from the social work program. Considering who will be your supervisor and how they interact with you may help you determine whether or not you want to take a particular position.

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Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Read Chapter 2, “Gay-for-Pay,” in your textbook, Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice.

3. Read Policies Discriminatory of the LGBT Community: Do Social Workers Endorse Respect for the NASW Code of Ethics? by Robin Lennon-Dearing & Elena Delavega (2015). Use the link to go to the IWU Library to access the full-text version of the article.

4. Review the NASW Code of Ethics.

5. Within your paper, examine the assessment on pp. 21–22 of your textbook and the discussion about it on p. 27. Respond to the following questions:

a. In the “Gay-for-Pay” case study, what do you believe should have been done differently?

b. Is there an appropriate assessment tool for LGBT teens that would have been better to use in this scenario?

i. If yes, which ones and why?

ii. Do a library (or Internet) search to find one that is supported by evidence.

c. Discuss the interaction Alicia had with her supervisor, Pete.

i. Do you think Pete provided adequate guidance or supervision or was there something else he ought to have discussed in his role as a supervisor?

ii. Do you believe Pete violated any Code of Ethics (COE) regarding his supervisory role? If so, which one(s)? If you believe he did not violate any COE, why do you think that?

d. Were there questions that Alicia ought to (or could) have asked Pete to obtain better guidance or supervision?

e. How do you think you would have responded to Pete’s input, and what questions would you have asked him?

6. Your paper should:

a. Be a minimum of two pages (not including the reference page)

b. Use APA formatting for any citations and references

 

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