It is common for social workers to be presented with a crisis situation brought forth by clients, families, communities, and/or organizations. The ultimate goal is to restore the client to equilibrium. The five stages of the crisis are (1) the hazardous event, (2) the vulnerable stage, (3) the precipitating factor, (4) the state of active crisis, and (5) the reintegration or crisis resolution phase.
There are times when a social worker will use more than one theory to assist in conceptualizing the problem and intervention, particularly if the theories complement each other. For example, resiliency theory can be used alongside crisis theory.
To prepare: Review and focus on the same case study that you chose in Week 2.
By Day 7
Submit a 1- to 2-page case write-up that addresses the following:
- Map the client’s crisis using the five stages of the crisis.
- Describe the client’s assets and resources (in order to understand the client’s resilience).
- Describe how you, the social worker, will intervene to assist the client to reach the reintegration stage of the crisis. Be sure that the intervention promotes resiliency.
- Evaluate how using crisis theory and resiliency theory together help in working with a client.
Crisis Theory and Resiliency Theory
Social workers are constant faced with challenges requiring them to apply knowledge and theory to resolve the issues. One of such areas is crisis intervention. In light of this, this paper applies a crisis and resiliency theory in the case study of Jake Levy
Map the client’s crisis using the five stages of the crisis
The case study selected in week 2 is that of Jake Levy a 31-year-old who was an Iraq war veteran. In light of this, the case of Jake can be mapped into the following stages.
The Hazardous Event: This is an event that is stressful and disrupts one’s equilibrium resulting in a series of actions and reactions (Turner, 2017). In the case of Jake, the stressful circumstances include being deployed in Iraq, which exposed him to traumatic events. The stressful circumstances have triggered reactions such as flashbacks and nightmares of the events that occurred in the war.
The Vulnerable State: The vulnerable state is when Jake returned to civilian life 10 months ago, and he has been experiencing challenges with sleeping, moodiness, and frequent heart palpation. He is unable to use his usual coping mechanism and states that he will never feel normal again. The transition phase makes him more vulnerable to mental health issues as he finds it challenging to integrate or resume the civilian way of life.
The Precipitating Factor: This is a state that turns a vulnerable state into a crisis (Turner, 2017). In the case of Jake, his vulnerable state is turned into a crisis by the alcohol and constant fight with his wife. He also fears losing his family which further turns his state into a crisis….Click link below to purchase full tutorial at $10