This week, you will discuss the advantages and potential problems associated with developing family support systems. Clients who you see in your human service settings will usually report having some or no family support, unless they are receiving mental health or substance abuse service. Often, those who struggle with financial, housing, and/or transportation issues do so because of dysfunctional or no family support. You can implement strategies to build strong family support ties that will serve as a protective factor for your clients. Often, human service professionals are thrilled to incorporate family members into a client’s intervention, treatment, or case management activities. However, there can be some ethical issues related to the inclusion of family members into a client’s plan. Select the path that relates to your study and respond to the Discussion using that scenario.
Path 1: Child and Family Welfare
You work as a prevention specialist in an agency that provides services to adolescents (e.g., HIV testing, pregnancy testing). One of your teen clients, Rod, has tested positive for HIV and has not discussed it with his parents yet. His mother discovered the receipt for his anonymous test results in his pants’ pocket and called demanding to know the results.
Discuss the ethical issue presented in the scenario. What advice would you give to your client about the family member’s attempt to gain access to his/her personal information? How would you handle the situation with the family member?
Using systems theory or other relevant theories, explain how these difficult situations could be opportunities to build family support and a strong support system for the client. Remember that every situation presents some opportunity for growth.