Case: Jill and Bob Cruise live with their 3 children Anthony (15 years), Andrew (13 years) and Lisa (8 years). They live in a public housing rental property in a low socio-economic suburb in a major city. Jill is currently on a disability pension for issues related to anxiety and panic attacks. Bob receives a carer’s pension to support Jill. He also manages to do some ‘cash in hand’ jobs as a plumber. He is currently unemployed. Recently, Anthony has been involved in vandalism and has received a community service order recently due to this offending. However, he has not been attending his community service regularly. Both Jill and Bob are concerned about him because he has not been attending school either. They are concerned that Andrew is following in Anthony’s footsteps. Andrew idolises Anthony and on occasion has not attended school either because he has been with Andrew. Both Anthony and Andrew have been verbally abusive to Jill and Bob and tell them to ‘piss off’ as they are ‘hopeless’ and don’t ‘mount to anything anyway’. Jill and Bob say that Lisa is a ‘hand full’ because she is so demanding. She yells, cries a lot, and is always seeking their attention. They feel guilty about this. Bob says to you in your first meeting that they can’t get ‘too well’ otherwise their money will be taken from them and this scares him. He also said that Anthony mentioned to him a while ago during a ‘yelling match’ that he knows nothing, especially about his own brother, Uncle John. This comment has scared Bob. John is at their home a lot and spends time with Anthony and Andrew alone. He doesn’t know how to talk to Anthony about this.
NEED TO ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING 3 QUESTIONS IN 2250 WORDS.
1. Identify a theory that you could use to help you understand what is going in the Cruise family and provide a reason why you selected it.
2. Describe the theory that you have selected – what are the main principles of the theory?
3. How might the principles of the theory that you have described inform your interpretations or practice with the Cruise family?
For the purposes of this piece of assessment we are concentrating on applying theoretical knowledge. Social workers and students often find it difficult to use theories in practice for many reasons and so this assessment provides you with the opportunity to build upon this skill of application of theory to practice. Examining and interpreting a case study provides you with the opportunity to reflect on and articulate social work theory. Theories help bring together a range of explanations that have a bearing on your interpretation, decisions, interventions, or strategies (Cleak & Wilson, 2007). Theory helps us as social workers to explain phenomena and our decisions (Chenoweth & McAuliffe, 2008). For example, feminist theories can help us understand gender relationships, and systems theories can help us understand linkages and interactions between people and their environment (Connolly & Healy, 2009).
SO WHAT IS EXPECTED IS THE EXPLANATION OF THE CASE IN RELATION TO THE THEORY OF SOCIAL WORK. FOR THAT YOU NEED TO SELECT JUST ONE OF THE THEORIES OF SOCIAL WORK, THE BEST SUITABLE (task centred, system, cbt, strength, solution focussed, anti- oppressive or crisis intervention etc.) AND ADDRESS THOSE QUESTIONS.
As in normal case study we don’t require the solutions to the problems. What is required is addressing the above given questions. The Analysis can be written in the first person because you are presenting a reflection on how theory has informed your thinking or interpretation’s. However, because this work is drawing on social work theoretical knowledge it needs to be referenced. This is an academic piece of work and so it is important to access and use the social work literature that has been recommended in this booklet. Please use Harvard model of referencing for this case study with 5 references from text books only.
Components of Assessment:
1. Did the student clearly name and describe a theory that could be used to understand the case study?
2. Did the student clearly articulate why they selected this theory and could they make conceptual links between the theory and the case study?
Books to be referred.
1. An introduction to Applying Social Work Theories and methods – by Barbra Teater
2. Social work theories in context: creating frameworks for practice- by Karen Healy
3. Modern social work theory – by Malcolm Payne.
4. Books of your preference from social work theory.
5. Books of your preference from social work theory.
If you can tell me which one of the social work theories you are going to apply for this case (just use only one theory), I could find some e-readings related to that particular social work theory. Expecting prompt delivery of work.