IWU SWK 665 - 2.2 Assignment: Describing the Social Work Client

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13SU2021 Ldrshp, Admin, & Supervision (SWK-665-01EE) – 3SU2021 SWK-662-01EE 2.2 Assignment: Describing the Social Work Client3SU2021 Ldrshp, Admin, & Supervision (SWK-665-01EE) – 3SU2021 SWK-662-01EE [email protected] Assignment: Describing the Social Work Client Identify an "actual" client that you plan on evaluating for your practice evaluation plan.In my practice evaluation plan, the client I plan on evaluating is a schizophrenic male patient named BrianDescribe your client's background in general terms (e.g., ethnicity, age, gender, family background).Brian is a 24-year-old single Caucasian. He is a university graduate who completed schooling two years ago. Brian was working but lost his job due to Covid-19 epidemic. Brian was raised in a lower-class family where academic and career success was considered significantly vital as it was the leeway out of poverty. The client was the firstborn in a family of four. His parents are both alive together with his other three siblings. His grandmother also had schizophrenia but had passed a decade ago. Back in college, Brian was a hard-working understudy but never associated much with his fellows. He graduated with high grades and got a well-paying job in an auditorium facility that soon ended with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. Soon after losing the job, Brian became stressed and started drinking alcohol excessively; he broke up with her girlfriend due to continuous quarreling and started having lots of arguments with friends and relatives. Through these encounters, he soon began to experience delusions and hallucinations. Define and describe your client's problem of interest in general terms, including discussing the client problem's Epidemiology (prevalence) and its etiology (causes).When I examined Brian on the first meeting, his record showed relevant symptoms of schizophrenia which included complaints of difficulty in sleeping, roaming freely around the neighborhood, loss of appetite, and being physically abusive to friends and relatives. I conducted3mental health examination on the client, and the results revealed that he was emaciated. Additionally, he was informally dressed. Brian also showed apprehensive behavior, hesitancy, and had ridiculous laughter. The patient also ran to and fro within the facility.What's more, he had a depressed mood and felt constricted. The client also exhibited auditory hallucinations stating that he heard voices. He also talked in the third person that involved both males and females. The client stated that he heard voices gossipping and insulting him, most of which he recognized who they were. As such, the client was always uneasy and feltsuspicious when in a group of people. As such, he had been living in his grandma's home and refused to return to his folk's house since he felt not safe living there. The client believed that he was being targeted. Brian's ideological content exhibited reference delusions and paranoid delusions. After assessing all these symptoms Brian presented, the apparent diagnosis that was on my mind was that the client had schizophrenia. Some of the causes of this mental health condition involve genetic factors, family relationships, stress, alcohol, and drug abuse. To begin with, schizophrenia can run in families. Steel (2012) stated that it is highly unlikely for people to develop schizophrenia throughout their lives in the general population. However, when it comes to family matters, if one parent has schizophrenia, there is a 15 percent likelihood that the children will develop the mental condition. The second cause of Brian's condition can be attributed to family relationships. Although there is little evidence to suggest that hostile family relationships can lead to schizophrenia, it has been found that schizophrenic patients are sensitiveto tensions, and this is associated with recurrent family episodes. Another notable cause that may be attributed to Brian's condition is the stress of job loss. It is well known that stressful events precede the onset of the symptoms of schizophrenia.4Symptoms such as irritability, anxiousness, and lack of concentration present before the onset of acute symptoms of schizophrenia. Generally, these symptoms are associated with the onset of schizophrenia mental illness. Finally, alcohol use can also be attributed to the development of schizophrenia. Alcoholics are at risk of developing schizophrenia illness compared to the generalpopulation, which is often an impediment in treatment. Define and describe at least one intervention to deal with the client's problem.The best intervention for Brian's case is Cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT refers to a type of psychotherapy that assists a social worker in identifying and transforming the disturbing thought patterns that result in lousy conduct and emotions. CBT can also be used as adjunctive therapy in both treatment and residential treatment settings. The use of CBT destigmatize and normalizes a schizophrenic patient. Evidence suggests that CBT reduces readmissions and symptomatology and improves social adjustments (Bradshaw, 1997). In a single case study of a patient with schizophrenia who participated in outpatient therapy, Bradshaw (1997) discovered that the client had a considerably lower level of hospital readmissions, symptomatology, improved functioning, and attained therapy objectives. Therefore, this evidence suggests that CBT helps manage suffering from schizophrenia. State your intervention hypothesis that is based on the foregoing discussion. Also stating the effect of the independent variable on the dependent variable.##In this single-case study, the independent variable is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the dependent variable is schizophrenia mental illness. Applying CBT to Brian's condition is critical in alleviating auditory hallucinations and depressive moods. Moreover, it will help prevent relapses, delusions and promote positive conduct that will improve my client's overall quality of life (Jauhar et al., 2019). Some of the coping features of CBT that I will use for Brian's5case may include the following: First, I will aim to reduce the influence of positive and negative symptoms through simulation, role-playing, and learning. I will also introduce coping skills for progression to a quality life. Since the main objective of CBT is to help the patient alter their negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones (Jauhar et

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