Applied Skills in Human Services
, and I need to write an informative essay describing the helping process as it applies to a specific Case Study. Below is what needs to be addressed and the instructions:
In a 3- to 5-page informative essay, please address the following:
? Explain the role of the human service
professional in the helping process.
? Discuss how personal values, beliefs, prejudices and stereotypes can help or harm the
? Discuss the potential barriers you would have while working with the clients in the case
study based upon your personal values, beliefs, prejudices, and stereotypes.
? Explain what specific questions you would want to ask these clients to gain more
information about the situation, their behaviors and their feelings, and why you think this
information might be helpful to you.
? Discuss the potential ethical and legal issues surrounding this case and what your
obligations as a professional would be regarding those issues.
? Explain what recommendations you would make for these clients and your rationale
behind each recommendation.
Your paper should include the following:
? Title Page
? Main body of the paper (3-5 pages, including an introductory paragraph, supporting
paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph)
? Reference page
? Correct APA formatting for in-paper citations
A textbook that needs to be definitely used/referenced from is:
Murphy, B. C., & Dillion, C. (2012). Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World, 4th edition. Cengage Learning .
Any help I can get right now I will truly appreciate. It has been so difficult for me to concentrate and find the time to get this done, given I just had a loss of a family member. Thank you in advance....truly.
The Case Study is rather long, and I will now paste below.
Two men are seeking services
for couples coaching after being released from prison. Reggie is
a 26-year-old African American with a stocky but athletic build, and Todd is a 30-year-old,
Caucasian with a slight frame and more effeminate features.
Reggie is wearing a very revealing ?muscle shirt? and shorts and is sweaty from the heat
outside. Todd is dressed in a pink cotton polo shirt with shorts and appears to have a ?preppie?
style. The men are invited into the office to be interviewed; each one selects his own couch to
sit. Todd takes the lead in speaking and during the interview, frequently talks over and
Todd reports that was released from prison three months ago, one month prior to Reggie, and
has been under a lot of pressure to find resources for himself and his partner so they could
reintegrate into society. This stress, along with other issues, has taken a toll on their relationship.
Todd reports that he is estranged from his family and only speaks to his mother from time-totime because she is very emotionally abusive towards him and ?drives him to drink.? Reggie
reports that his relationships with members of his family are ?very complicated.? He discloses
that his mother died while he was serving his prison sentence, and he hasn?t really come to
terms with it. Reggie has two sisters from whom he is estranged ? they refuse to speak to him and will not give him information about his mother?s last days. The two agree that they are left
supporting each other on the ?outside? and feel they are learning how to function again in
the ?real? world.
Todd states that he has served his time, whereas Reggie has a parole officer to whom he must
report regularly. Todd states that he is resentful of the ankle bracelet that Reggie has to wear
that monitors his every move and does not allow him to live freely.
When Reggie was released, he moved in with Todd in the apartment Todd had rented. Two
weeks ago, Reggie moved out of the apartment and into a room in a local halfway house.
Todd explains that after six weeks of constant arguing that frequently escalated into physical
violence, Todd threatened Reggie with a knife because he was so scared. Reggie left the
apartment before it got physical and the police were not called. Reggie did inform his parole
officer and the officer found Reggie the room in the boarding house so Reggie would not
violate his parole. Todd later helped Reggie set up the room and bought him some basics so
he could live comfortably.
Todd states that he wants Reggie to be able to come back home, but cannot tolerate the
physical abuse. Reggie states that he is extremely stressed by his own expectations and his
feelings that he is not making it outside of prison. He states that he feels like he has to depend
on his partner for everything, and at this point, has no other choice. He further explains that he
was raised to take care of himself and not have to rely on others.
The men agreed to continue to work on the relationship if referred to counseling. Todd states
that he is very anxious about the situation and wants Reggie to move back home as soon as
his parole officer will give approval. Reggie states that his main goal is to get things established
for himself like finding a job, meeting the expectations of his parole, and being independent.
Todd is very charming and confident during the interview process while Reggie is quiet and
keeps his hands clasped tightly together in his lap. Reggie states that one of his concerns is
Todd?s behavior in public and how it draws attention to them as a couple. The attention
makes Reggie extremely uncomfortable.
Todd interjects that he sees a psychiatrist for his mental health and substance abuse issues.
Todd also reports that his drug issue plays a significant role in the problems in their relationship.
He reports that his current drug use was triggered by the stress of being released from prison
first (and alone) and then later from having to endure the physical abuse by his partner. He
states that his drug of choice is cocaine, which has been a problem for him for many years,
sending him to prison and costing him his career as a realtor. Todd further reports that his
psychiatrist has placed him on Lithium and Trazodone for his Bipolar Disorder.
Reggie reports that he smokes marijuana occasionally and has been drinking alcohol regularly
since he was a teenager. He states that he does not think either of these is a problem for him
and does not see where it is a problem for him to use in front of Todd. Todd states he is
resentful that Reggie is not supportive of him in his daily battle to remain clean and sober and
that Reggie?s recreational drug use in front of him is extremely difficult to deal with.
Todd states that he is on Social Security Disability for his mental health disorder and substance
abuse because it cost him his job several years back and he has been unable to work since.
Todd says he also receives compensation and insurance from his previous employer. Reggie
states that he has enrolled in the ?STARS? program set up for people who have been recently
released from prison to help him find employment and re-enter the job market; however, he
says he is still struggling to find employment in this program. He reports that this is a source of
tension for him because he needs to be out there working and supporting himself. He again
mentions that he does not like not being able to support himself and having to rely on
The two agree that they both have a lot to work on and are under a lot of stress being on the
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