Introduction to Case Study
Erica (age 30 years) has contacted a local community centre. Erica says she lives with her partner James (Jim) and two children Jemima (13) and Isaac (4). Jim works full time in the building industry and the family relocated from interstate 8 months ago so he could take up a better paid job on the recommendation of a friend who was already living here. All of their extended family are back in their home town.
A couple of months ago, Jim was charged by the police for driving under the influence of alcohol and now his driver's licence has been suspended for 12 months following a court appearance. Erica said she has found out Jim has been having problems at work. They can't afford for him to lose his job and he has been spending a lot of the family budget going out and drinking with friends on the weekends. Erica has a background working in retail and administration but hasn't been working for some time as she wanted to settle the kids in after the move and now Jemima has just changed schools again and Isaac has started pre-school.
She has noticed Jim is often frustrated with the kids and things are tense at home. Erica said she didn't really want to tell anyone about their problems, but she spoke to her neighbour about what has been happening when they noticed she looked down and said they had heard her arguing again with Jim last night. They gave her the name of the Centre and said they had used this service when they needed help and found it useful.
Imagine you are a social worker/counsellor/support worker in the Wellbeing Support Team of the local community centre,and you have been asked to see Erica (your 'client') for her first appointment.
• What are your impressions of Erica's situation based on this referral? Why?
• Using the professional Code of Ethics relevant to your chosen disciplineAustralian Community Workers Association (ACWA), briefly outline the main ethical principles you might need to consider when working with Erica and her family. Why is this important?
• As a human service worker, what is your understanding of ‘working in partnership' with clients? How would this guide your practice with Erica in this initial session and what could you say/ask or do during this first meeting to reflect this approach?
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