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Carla Washburn is a 76-year-old African-American woman who has been widowed for the last fifteen years. She lives alone in Plainville, a small town in the Northwest. Her small home is in a neighborhood that has been steadily deteriorating ever since the paper mill-the city’s largest employer went out of business four years ago. Carla and her husband were both employed at the mill until their respective retirements. Carla receives a small pension and Social Security. Unfortunately, the recent economic downturn has put the mill’s pension fund in serious jeopardy.
Ms. Washburn recently lost her grandson in Afghanistan. She had raised Roland Jr. from the age of eight; he came to live with her after her son Roland and his wife was killed in a car accident fourteen years ago. Until Roland Jr. turned eighteen, Ms. Washburn was able to collect survivor benefits, funded by OASDI, to enable her to care for him adequately.
During the time that Roland Jr. lived with her, Ms. Washburn threw herself into his care and activities. She found that she had nothing much in common with her old friends because they had raised all of their children and had more freedom to socialize than she did. Eventually, these friends dropped out of her life.
Roland Jr. decided to join the Army after his high school graduation, to get money to pay for college. Shortly after finishing basic training, he married a young woman, Alice, who he met while at the Army base in North Carolina. Carla traveled to North Carolina to attend the wedding. Although she liked her grandson’s new bride, she really did not know her. And when Roland Jr. was killed, the Army focused its family outreach services on the young widow.
Although Carla and her sister spoke weekly by phone for the last fifteen years, Carla has made no attempt to contact Anna since Roland Jr.’s funeral eight months ago. When Anna called, Carla questioned over and over how it could be that both her son and grandson were no longer alive while she, an old woman, still lived. Anna has told you that her sister told her of a recent fall she had had in her home that left her with difficulty walking. In the course of the conversation, Anna also mentions that Carla has Type II diabetes, and is insulin dependent.
When you contacted Ms. Washburn, she refused at first to have you visit and expressed irritation with her sister for contacting the AAA. However, when you explained how worried her sister had been and how Carla could ease her sister’s concern if she would consent to a visit, Carla finally agreed to see you. But she was adamant that she neither wanted nor needed help.
Create an assessment based on the above case study identifying the needs and concerns for Carla based on the information within the case study. Note the key problems listed in the case study and what could be factors that could potentially be an issue for Carla moving forward living alone.
B. For the last two weeks, we have been reviewing and analyzing the Hudson City case. You have reviewed the lens of the ecological perspective as well as the four disaster phases one goes through after a weather-related tragedy has occurred. Create a paper answering the following question: What have you learned from this case about the four phases of generalist practice— engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation— that you might apply with your actual clients? Please keep in mind that you should not use first person or use of self when writing this paper. The paper should be no more than five pages in length with five scholarly resources in addition to your book. This should be typed in APA style and double-spaced using the font Times New Roman 12pt. (Text book-Normal Practice of Generalist Social Work -Edition: 5th-ISBN: 9780367354312-Author: Berg-Weger)
C. For this class activity you will need to watch the TedTalk (link below) and respond to the following questions:
https://youtu.be/x9Ezzxy0frA?si=fO_QSVRTBtwpzK8lLinks to an external site.
1.What is the concept of a “high-level mindset,” and how does it differ from a fixed mindset?
2.How can cultivating a high-level mindset contribute to personal growth and success?
3. How can adopting a growth mindset impact an individual’s willingness to take risks and overcome challenges? Provide real-life examples to support your answer.
4. How can understanding human behavior help improve communication and collaboration in professional and personal relationships?
Your response should be at least 1 page long (double spaced).