To provide an appropriate intervention, social workers first need to have conducted a thorough assessment. Having a comprehensive understanding of a client and their social environment allows a social worker to accurately identify the presenting problem and help the client develop goals to address their needs. Part of the assessment should be how power and privilege connect with the problem. For example, the client’s gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status may put them at a disadvantaged or marginalized position.
Connect your with at least 1 peer-reviewed scholarly resource that could inform your understanding of Ray’s case
In this Assignment, you further prepare for the bio-psychosocial assessment by identifying the presenting problem and searching for evidence to deepen your understanding of Ray’s case.
Additionally, evidence-based practice requires social workers to use the best available evidence to inform their thinking and treatment decision
· Describe the presenting problem(s).
· Identify a specific peer-reviewed research article and explain how it could inform understanding of the problem or population.
· Explain how power and privilege may influence the case (as it relates to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status).
Meet Ray. Age 17 to 18
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Meet Ray. Age 17 to 18
NARRATOR: Ray gains self-confidence from exercising, socializing with the other team
workers at his part-time fast-food job, and honing his woodworking skills he graduates
high school. Ray applies to college with the support of his teacher-mentor and gets a full
scholarship. He would be the first in his family to attend college.
However, his father George becomes sick with lung cancer the summer before his
freshman year of college. Ray doesn’t know where to turn. He is estranged from his
father’s side of the family due to a fight George had with his brother years ago. His
mother’s side of the family do not live in the area, and he’s never had a close
relationship with them. He feels a sense of obligation to George and guilt for what he’d
said about wishing him dead, ray never leaves for college, letting the scholarship lapse.
He stays and cares for his father until George dies four months later.
Now 18, Ray lives alone with a rescue pit bull named Daisy. He has maintained his fast-
food job, but after George’s death, he begins to show up at work late, unshowered, and
occasionally drunk. Ray’s boss tells him that he understands he’s grieving, but he can’t
show up in that state. The boss puts him on probation. If he is late, skips work, or shows
up inebriated again, he will be fired.
If Ray loses his job, his housing will be in jeopardy as well. Ray’s work friends
encourage him to see a social worker.