Erica lives with her partner Jim and two children Jemima (10) and Issac (2). Jim works fully time on a construction project in Darwin. Erica and Jim relocated from interstate 12 months ago. Erica works part time in a child care centre close to her home.
Erica attended the local community centre on advice of a friend as she had been feeling very upset. She recently discovered her partner was having difficulty at work and was on his final warning after testing positive for alcohol while at work and was sent home. Erica said she was angry with Jim as they couldn’t afford for him to lose his job and that he had been spending a lot of the family budget on alcohol, going out on the weekends to drink she had notice Jim being angry and frustrated often with the kids. Erica did not really want to tell anyone, but lately it had started to get her down. Erica is not sure what she would like to do but has agreed to attend counselling on her own each week to talk more about it.
Imagine you are a social worker in the local community center and you have been asked to see Erica for her first appointment. Post on the discussion board your responses to the following questions.
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- How would you prepare for the first meeting?
- What communication skills are important for a social worker to display in a first meeting?
- What questions will you need to ask Erica during your first meeting?
- What are your impressions about Erica’s situation and why?
What is your understanding of ‘working in partnership’?
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