Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can have a devastating impact on a child and his or her family members. Social workers need to understand how to recognize and respond to cases of abuse expertly and efficiently. With an empathetic and helpful social worker, victims/survivors of abuse can take their first step onto the long road toward healing. For this Assignment, read the case study Working With Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma: The Case of Brandon and then consider what you would do if you were a social worker and had to report a parent of suspected child abuse.
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Submit a 2- to 4-page paper in which you review the approach taken by the social worker in Brandon’s case. Identify how the social worker might have used the ecological model to understand Brandon’s situation based on a person-in-environment perspective. Explain the use of the ecological model in this case on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Describe strengths the social worker may have missed in assessing Brandon and his mother. Review the challenges that the social worker identifies and explain the impact the abuse could have had on Brandon had his strengths not been identified and addressed. Please use the Learning Resources to support your answer.
In social work practice, among the core group of individuals to assist are adolescents. Challenges affecting this population include sexual and alcohol and drugs abuse. Notably, these issues affect their social, physical and mental wellbeing. It is therefore critical for social workers to establish the source of these challenges which aids in understanding how they can be averted. This is important in promoting their welfare at the adult stage (Roose & De Bie, 2008). While establishing the source of these challenges, one of the major aspects to focus on is the environment which introduces the ecological model and in particular the person-in-environment perspective. This paper, therefore, applies this model in examining Brandon’s case who is a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
Overview of Brandon’s Case and Applied Approaches
Brandon, a 12-year-old male has had a challenging experience as a child where he was sexually abused by his father. His mother informed the authorities which resulted in Brandon’s father is incarcerated (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). ….Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $10