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HSM 470: Evaluation of Research and Theory in Human Services

Case Study Analysis For this assignment, select one of the two case studies that follow. Read the case for Carla or for Marcel, and then formulate thoughtful, analytical responses to each of the questions pertaining to that case. Your total response should be 3-4 pages in length and should be supported by references to the textbook or other credible sources. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources. Your response should adhere to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. Carla’s Story Carla, a 24-year-old Hispanic woman, is seeking counseling for anxiety and depression that she attributes to problems in her current relationship. She and her partner have been having an increasing number of arguments recently, typically about Carla’s behavior when they go out and about Carla drinking too much. In response to questions about her use of substances, Carla describes herself as a “social drinker.” Her typical pattern is to consume 3-6 drinks 2-3 times a week. She began drinking regularly (1-2 times per week) and heavily (to intoxication) at the age of 13, usually in the company of an older cousin or school friends. She continued this pattern through high school but cut back during her first two years of college due to lack of money to buy alcohol and more difficult access. During her junior and senior years of college, Carla “came out” as a lesbian to her parents and family. She also resumed drinking heavily. After graduation from college, Carla and her partner of 3 years (Ana, age 24) moved into an apartment together, as both began working full-time. Carla and Ana are “out” at work and with both families of origin. Carla reports that they both decreased their drinking at one point, due to concerns about their finances and interest in starting their new careers. Recently, both partners gradually increased the frequency and quantity of their drinking as they became involved with a social group of Latina lesbians and began routinely going to a gay bar. To complete this assignment:

  • Identify and sort through the relevant facts presented by Carla.
  • Identify the problems, issues, and concerns that arise in Carla’s situation.
  • How would you classify Carla’s drinking?
  • Identify the positives and strengths of Carla’s situation.
  • Develop a list of options and an initial plan of action for intervention with Carla. Who should be included in your work with Carla, and why? How does Carla’s identification as a Hispanic lesbian affect the intervention plan/process?
  • Identify any additional information, research knowledge, and resources that are needed to develop and select options; identify ways to gather what you need; gather what you can.
  • Develop a strategy for human services practice with Carla. Be sure that you have a concrete and specific strategy for how you would address alcohol-related issues with Carla. Consider what kinds of reactions you might expect from her, and develop a plan for how to respond to them. What kinds of referrals in your practice community would you make and why? What are the intervention goals?
  • Identify methods for evaluating outcomes of your plan and next steps/revisions of the plan, depending on various possible outcomes.
  • Discuss implications for community intervention, prevention planning, social policy reform, and advocacy that are associated with Carla’s situation.
Or Marcel’s Story Marcel is a 21-year-old African-American male, self-referred for inpatient treatment due to drug and alcohol abuse. He is currently unemployed, homeless, and has charges pending due to a number of “bounced” checks written over the past several months. Marcel reports that both of his parents were drug addicts and he experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse throughout childhood at their hands. His father died of liver disease at the age of 37. Marcel also reports that at the age of 14, he was kicked out of his family’s home because his father suspected that he was gay. Although they live in the same town, he has not had any contact with either parent for 7 years. Marcel describes his relationship with his older sister as “fair.” Marcel is not presently involved in a steady relationship, but does have a network of friends in the local gay community with whom he has been staying off and on. At the time that he left home, Marcel survived by becoming involved in sexual relationships with older men, many of whom were also abusive. He has had numerous sexual partners (both male and female) over the past 7 years, has traded sex for drugs and money, has had sex under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and has been made to have sex against his will. Marcel identifies himself as bisexual, not gay. Marcel first used alcohol at age 14, when he had his first sexual encounter with a man. He began using other drugs, including inhalants and marijuana by age 16 and amphetamines and cocaine by age 19. At 21, four months prior to entering treatment, he began using crack. To complete this assignment:
  • Identify and sort through the relevant facts presented by Marcel.
  • Identify the problems, issues, and concerns that arise in Marcel’s situation.
  • What are the most immediate and critical assessment needs?
  • Identify the positives and strengths of Marcel’s situation.
  • Develop a list of options and an initial plan of action for intervention with Marcel. Who should be included in your work with Marcel, and why? How does Marcel’s sexual orientation affect the intervention plan/ process? What is your reaction to his being bisexual? How do Marcel’s age and ethnicity figure into the picture?
  • Identify any additional information, research knowledge, and resources that are needed to develop and select options; identify ways to gather what you need; gather what you can.
  • Develop a strategy for practice with Marcel. Be sure you have a concrete and specific strategy for how you would address alcohol-related issues. Consider what kinds of reactions you might expect from him, and develop a plan to respond to them. What kinds of community referrals would you make and why? What are the intervention goals?
  • Identify methods for evaluating outcomes of your plan and next steps/revisions of the plan, depending on various possible outcomes.
  • Discuss implications for community intervention, prevention planning, social policy reform, and advocacy that are associated with Marcel’s situation.
Assignment adapted from Neukrug, E. (2013). Theory, practice, and trends in human services: An introduction. (5th ed.). Cengage Learning. s: An introduction (5th ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780840028563. Case Study Analysis For this assignment, select one of the two case studies that follow. Read the case for Carla or for Marcel, and then formulate thoughtful, analytical responses to each of the questions pertaining to that case. Your total response should be 3-4 pages in length and should be supported by references to the textbook or other credible sources. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources. Your response should adhere to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. Carla’s Story Carla, a 24-year-old Hispanic woman, is seeking counseling for anxiety and depression that she attributes to problems in her current relationship. She and her partner have been having an increasing number of arguments recently, typically about Carla’s behavior when they go out and about Carla drinking too much. In response to questions about her use of substances, Carla describes herself as a “social drinker.” Her typical pattern is to consume 3-6 drinks 2-3 times a week. She began drinking regularly (1-2 times per week) and heavily (to intoxication) at the age of 13, usually in the company of an older cousin or school friends. She continued this pattern through high school but cut back during her first two years of college due to lack of money to buy alcohol and more difficult access. During her junior and senior years of college, Carla “came out” as a lesbian to her parents and family. She also resumed drinking heavily. After graduation from college, Carla and her partner of 3 years (Ana, age 24) moved into an apartment together, as both began working full-time. Carla and Ana are “out” at work and with both families of origin. Carla reports that they both decreased their drinking at one point, due to concerns about their finances and interest in starting their new careers. Recently, both partners gradually increased the frequency and quantity of their drinking as they became involved with a social group of Latina lesbians and began routinely going to a gay bar. To complete this assignment:
  • Identify and sort through the relevant facts presented by Carla.
  • Identify the problems, issues, and concerns that arise in Carla’s situation.
  • How would you classify Carla’s drinking?
  • Identify the positives and strengths of Carla’s situation.
  • Develop a list of options and an initial plan of action for intervention with Carla. Who should be included in your work with Carla, and why? How does Carla’s identification as a Hispanic lesbian affect the intervention plan/process?
  • Identify any additional information, research knowledge, and resources that are needed to develop and select options; identify ways to gather what you need; gather what you can.
  • Develop a strategy for human services practice with Carla. Be sure that you have a concrete and specific strategy for how you would address alcohol-related issues with Carla. Consider what kinds of reactions you might expect from her, and develop a plan for how to respond to them. What kinds of referrals in your practice community would you make and why? What are the intervention goals?
  • Identify methods for evaluating outcomes of your plan and next steps/revisions of the plan, depending on various possible outcomes.
  • Discuss implications for community intervention, prevention planning, social policy reform, and advocacy that are associated with Carla’s situation.
Or Marcel’s Story Marcel is a 21-year-old African-American male, self-referred for inpatient treatment due to drug and alcohol abuse. He is currently unemployed, homeless, and has charges pending due to a number of “bounced” checks written over the past several months. Marcel reports that both of his parents were drug addicts and he experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse throughout childhood at their hands. His father died of liver disease at the age of 37. Marcel also reports that at the age of 14, he was kicked out of his family’s home because his father suspected that he was gay. Although they live in the same town, he has not had any contact with either parent for 7 years. Marcel describes his relationship with his older sister as “fair.” Marcel is not presently involved in a steady relationship, but does have a network of friends in the local gay community with whom he has been staying off and on. At the time that he left home, Marcel survived by becoming involved in sexual relationships with older men, many of whom were also abusive. He has had numerous sexual partners (both male and female) over the past 7 years, has traded sex for drugs and money, has had sex under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and has been made to have sex against his will. Marcel identifies himself as bisexual, not gay. Marcel first used alcohol at age 14, when he had his first sexual encounter with a man. He began using other drugs, including inhalants and marijuana by age 16 and amphetamines and cocaine by age 19. At 21, four months prior to entering treatment, he began using crack. To complete this assignment:
  • Identify and sort through the relevant facts presented by Marcel.
  • Identify the problems, issues, and concerns that arise in Marcel’s situation.
  • What are the most immediate and critical assessment needs?
  • Identify the positives and strengths of Marcel’s situation.
  • Develop a list of options and an initial plan of action for intervention with Marcel. Who should be included in your work with Marcel, and why? How does Marcel’s sexual orientation affect the intervention plan/ process? What is your reaction to his being bisexual? How do Marcel’s age and ethnicity figure into the picture?
  • Identify any additional information, research knowledge, and resources that are needed to develop and select options; identify ways to gather what you need; gather what you can.
  • Develop a strategy for practice with Marcel. Be sure you have a concrete and specific strategy for how you would address alcohol-related issues. Consider what kinds of reactions you might expect from him, and develop a plan to respond to them. What kinds of community referrals would you make and why? What are the intervention goals?
  • Identify methods for evaluating outcomes of your plan and next steps/revisions of the plan, depending on various possible outcomes.
  • Discuss implications for community intervention, prevention planning, social policy reform, and advocacy that are associated with Marcel’s situation.
Assignment adapted from Neukrug, E. (2013). Theory, practice, and trends in human services: An introduction. (5th ed.). Cengage Learning.]]>

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