Social Work Theories Case study: The Mitchell family

Case study: The Mitchell family

Jennifer Mitchell, aged 43 years, lives with her two children, Thomas (13 years) and Amelia (six years). They live in a private rental property in a suburb of a major city.  

Jennifer migrated to Australia from England in her twenties. She met Mark, Thomas and Amelia’s father, a few years later. Three years ago, Mark was made redundant, so accepted some casual work interstate. He was away from home for long periods, and when he returned, Jennifer and Mark argued a lot. They separated 12 months ago. Mark now lives interstate and visits Thomas and Amelia occasionally.

Jennifer is the primary caregiver for Thomas and Amelia and hadn’t been in paid employment since Thomas was born. After she separated from Mark, and Amelia started school, she returned to work as a childcare worker.

Six months ago, Jennifer was involved in a major motor vehicle accident while driving to work. She was in hospital for two months. Thomas and Amelia mostly stayed with Jennifer’s friends during this time. Jennifer has an acquired brain injury and is not able to work or drive. Since the separation and her accident, Jennifer has experienced periods of moderate depression.

Since Jennifer only returned to work for a short period, she doesn’t have significant savings or income protection. Jennifer is receiving some financial support via Centrelink. The hospital social worker helped Jennifer to register with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and she is on a waiting list to determine whether she is eligible to receive funding.

Their landlord has informed Jennifer that the lease will not be renewed, as they wish to sell the property. The lease ends in one month. There are limited private rental properties in the area and rent has increased significantly in the last few years. With help from her friends, Jennifer has applied for a few rental properties, but the applications have been unsuccessful since she’s not currently employed. Jennifer went to Housing SA but was told that there is a ten-year waiting period. Jennifer is hesitant to move away from her friends and her doctor. She doesn’t know where they will live when the lease ends.  

Thomas has recently started high school. He has been busy caring for his Mum and Amelia. He does much of the cooking and cleaning. He is often tired at school and has trouble concentrating. His teachers are concerned that he’s falling behind.

Since the accident, going to school has become very distressing for Amelia. When Jennifer’s friend picks Amelia up in the mornings, she becomes very upset, and screams and cries for hours. Jennifer often allows her to stay home. At times Amelia is inseparable from her Mum. At other times, she plays alone in her room for hours. Amelia says that she misses her Dad. 

About Assessment 1:

Assessment 1: Case study 1

Word count: 2000 words

Learning outcomes to be assessed:

Select appropriate theoretical knowledge to support future practice skills which aids effective involvement within various client systems, i.e. individuals, families, small groups and communities

This assessment will assess your learning from Weeks 1-6. The purpose of the assessment is to demonstrate your understanding of social work theories, select key theoretical principles and apply these to the above case study.

Task overview:

  1. Choose one problem solving theory, i.e. task centred practice OR crisis intervention and is write my paper 4 me legit
  1. Describe the main arguments of the theory (approx. 200 words)
  2. Explain why you selected that specific theory; why it is helpful in understanding the case study? (approx. 100 words)
  3. Analyse the case study from the perspective of the theory
  • Select and apply two key principles to aspects of the case study; how do they inform your understanding of the case study? How would they shape your practice? (approx. 250 words per principle)
  1. Choose one psychological theory, i.e. cognitive behavioural therapy OR attachment
  1. Describe the main arguments of the theory (approx. 200 words)
  2. Explain why you selected that specific theory; why it is helpful in understanding the case study? (approx. 100 words)
  3. Analyse the case study from the perspective of the theory
  • Select and apply two key principles to aspects of the case study; how do they inform your understanding of the case study? How would they shape your practice? (approx. 250 words per principle)
  1. Draw an eco-map and genogram that represent the case study 
  2. Apply the principle of stress to the case study, and explain why systems theory is helpful in understanding the case study (approx. 300 words)

Please use sub-headings and include a brief introduction and conclusion (i.e. 50 words each). 

The word limit is 2000 words. 10% variance is allowed.

It is acceptable to write in first person and use personal pronouns such as “I” or “my” in this assessment.

This assessment must be supported by at least 10 academic references. You will need to use topic materials and undertake wider research. APA referencing conventions must be used.

References:

Week 1) What is theory? (3) 

BOOK CHAPTER

The social construction of social work theory 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M.

Book Title:

Modern social work theory

Book Author:

Payne, M.

BOOK CHAPTER

Evaluating social work theory 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M.

Book Title:

Modern social work theory

Book Author:

Payne, M.

BOOK CHAPTER

‘Introduction to theories and methods’ 

Chapter Author:

Teater, B.

Book Title:

An introduction to applying social work theories and methods

Book Author:

Teater, B.

2) Modernism and postmodernism

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BOOK CHAPTER

Postmodernism 

Chapter Author:

Fawcett, B.

Book Title:

Social work theories and methods

Editor:

Gray, M. & Webb, S.A.

BOOK CHAPTER

Strengths, narrative and solutions practice [extract pp. 254-257] 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M.

Book Title:

Modern social work theory

3) Problem solving theories: Task centred practice and crisis intervention (8)

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BOOK CHAPTER

Task-centred social work 

Chapter Author:

Teater, B.

Book Title:

An introduction to applying social work theories and methods

Book Author:

Teater, B.

Chapter Number:

11

ISBN:

0335247644

Edition:

2nd ed.

Start page:

187

End page:

203

BOOK CHAPTER

Crisis intervention 

Chapter Author:

Teater, B.

Book Title:

An introduction to applying social work theories and methods

Chapter Number:

12

ISBN:

0335247644

Edition:

2nd ed.

Start page:

204

End page:

220

ARTICLE

Contextual Challenges for Crisis Support in the Immediate Aftermath of Major Incidents in the UK 

Author:

Davis, H.

Journal Title:

British Journal of Social Work

ISSN:

0045-3102

Publication Date:

2013

Volume:

43

Issue:

3

Start page:

504

End page:

521

DOI:

10.1093/bjsw/bcr197

BOOK CHAPTER

Problem solving approaches: focusing on task-centred practice 

Chapter Author:

Healy, K.

Book Title:

Social work theories in context: creating frameworks for practice

Chapter Number:

7

ISBN:

9781137024251

Edition:

2nd ed.

Start page:

137

End page:

160

BOOK CHAPTER

Assessment 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

Chapter Number:

3

ISBN:

1447343808

Start page:

19

End page:

28

BOOK CHAPTER

Task-centred practice 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

Chapter Number:

13

ISBN:

1447343808

Start page:

111

End page:

119

BOOK CHAPTER

Crisis practice 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

Chapter Number:

14

ISBN:

1447343808

Start page:

120

End page:

127

BOOK CHAPTER

Crisis and task-centred practice 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M.

Book Title:

Modern social work theory

Book Author:

Payne, M.

Chapter Number:

4) Psychological theories: Cognitive behavioural practice:

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BOOK CHAPTER

Cognitive behavioural therapy 

Chapter Author:

Teater, B.

Book Title:

An Introduction to Applying Social Work Theories and Methods

Book Author:

Teater, B.

Chapter Number:

9

ISBN:

BOOK CHAPTER

Cognitive-behavioural practice 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M. (2014).

Book Title:

Modern Social Work Theory

Book Author:

Payne, M.

End page:

183

BOOK CHAPTER

Behavioural and Social Sciences Discourses: ‘Psy’ and Sociological Ideas in Social Work. 

Chapter Author:

Healy, K

Book Title:

Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice.

Book Author:

Healy, K.

BOOK CHAPTER

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practice 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

5) Psychological theories: Attachment (10) 

BOOK CHAPTER

Psychodynamic practice 

Chapter Author:

Payne, M.

Book Title:

Modern Social Work Theory

Book Author:

Payne, M.

BOOK CHAPTER

Attachment theory and social work 

Chapter Author:

Watson, S.

Book Title:

Social work theories in action

Editor:

Nash, M., Munford, R., & O’Donaghue, K.

ARTICLE

Application of attachment theory in clinical social work 

Author:

Blakely, T.J.

Journal Title:

Health & social work

Publication Date:

2015

Volume:

40

Issue:

4

Start page:

283

End page:

289

ARTICLE

A Critical Analysis of the use of Attachment Theory in Cases of Domestic Violence | Critical Social Work – University of Windsor 

Author:

Buchanan, F.

Journal Title:

Critical social work: An interdisciplinary journal dedicated to social justice

Publication Date:

2013

BOOK CHAPTER

Attachment theory 

Chapter Author:

Howe, D.

Book Title:

Social work: Theory and methods

Editor:

Gray, M. & Webb, S.

Chapter Number:

6

ARTICLE

Exploring outcomes in a therapeutic service response to the emotional and mental health needs of children who have experienced abuse and neglect in Victoria, Australia 

Author:

Jackson, Annette ; Frederico, Margarita ; Tanti, Chris ; Black, Carlina

Journal Title:

Child & Family Social Work

ISSN:

13567500

Publication Date:

2009-05

DOI:

10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00624.x

ARTICLE

Challenging behaviour in out‐of‐home care: use of attachment ideas in practice 

Author:

Mclean, Sara ; Riggs, Damien ; Kettler, Lisa ; Delfabbro, Paul

Journal Title:

Child & Family Social Work

ISSN:

13567500

Publication Date:

BOOK CHAPTER

Attachment practice 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

Chapter Number:

12

BOOK CHAPTER

The relational theories, with a focus on object relations 

Chapter Author:

Walsh, J.

Book Title:

Theories for direct social work practice

Book Author:

Joseph Walsh

Chapter Number:

5

6) Systems theory

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BOOK CHAPTER

Systems theory and the ecological perspective 

Chapter Author:

Teater, B.

Book Title:

An introduction to applying social work theories and methods

Book Author:

Teater, B.

BOOK CHAPTER

The Ecological/Systems Perspective 

Chapter Author:

Book Title:

Social work and social welfare: An introduction

Book Author:

Ambrosino, R., Heffernan, J., Shuttlesworth, G., & Ambrosino, R.

BOOK CHAPTER Systems theory/ecological perspective  Chapter Author: Dunk-West, P.Book Title: How to be a social worker Book Author: Dunk-West, P.Chapter Number: 4 BOOK CHAPTER Three waves of systems theories Chapter Author: Healy, K. Book Title: Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice Chapter Number: 6 BOOK CHAPTER Systems and ecological practice Chapter Author: Payne, M. Book Title: Modern Social Work Theory. Chapter Number: 7 ISBN: BOOK CHAPTER

Systems practcie 

Book Title:

How to use social work theory in practice : an essential guide

Book Author:

Payne, Malcolm

Chapter Number:

21

BOOK CHAPTER

Systems-based theories [extract pp. 180-183] 

Chapter Author:

Morley, C., Ablett, P., & Macfarlane, S

Book Title:

Engaging with social work

Book Author:

Morley, C., Ablett, P., & Macfarlane, S

ISBN:

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