PERSON – ENVIRONMENT and CASE WORKER NEGLECT


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Some never realize or maybe simple refuse to recognize the emotional damage they have placed upon another person, with their unethical neglect. And so the victim continue to vents…May he/she continue until they come to some closure of the events as they occurred. Professional case workers are ethical required to attend to the code of ethics of their profession. When this is not done, and life changing events occur (including duress) they have failed their client, organization, community, and themselves as being one to encourage, empower and assist. So if I’m correct Behavioral Health Paraprofessional require a R9-20-204 and an associate’s degree. Behavioral Health Professional require an A.A.C. R9-20-204 and a Bachelor degree. Both should have integrity and recognize the result of their neglected actions. If a program is designed with the Strength Theory basis, why would a professional neglect the Biopsychosocial/Ecological factors of their clients? Why would you place a level 1 client with a level 3 client and not intervene when the collision occurs. The local police department and 911 records document a dysfunctional environment. One client constant telephone complaints to the case workers documents a dysfunctional environment. Then on December 23, 2012 an upset case worker calls the second client (using derogatory language) claiming his discontent with the situation and how he was coming to end the entire ordeal. Yet NO SHOW. How could a professional simple ignore the importance of environment regarding behavioral services?

In Carel Germain and Alex Gitterman’s work, Ecological Perspective. Germain and Giterman detail the person-environment dynamic.

“Person:environment fit is the actual fit between an individual’s or a collective group’s needs, rights, goals, and capacities and the qualities and operations of their physical and social environments within particular cultural and historical contexts. Hence, for the person and environment, the fit might be favorable, minimally adequate, or unfavorable. When it is favorable or even minimally adequate, it represents a state of relative “adaptedness” (Dubos, 1978), which promotes continued development and satisfying social functioning and sustains or enhances the environment. Adaptedness reflects generally positive person:environment exchanges over time. It is never fixed but shifts in accord with shifts in reciprocal exchanges. When exchanges over time are generally negative, development, health, and social functioning might be impaired and the environment could be damaged.”

In Lise Goodmans work, Homelessness as psychological trauma: Broadening perspectives. Goodman explores the possible traumatic symptoms produced from homelessness.

“Typically, the transition from being housed to being homeless lasts days, weeks, months, or even longer. Most people living on the street or in shelters have already spent time living with friends or relatives and may have experienced previous episodes of homelessness (see, e.g., Shinn, Knickman, & Weitzman, 1989, 1991; Sosin, Piliavin, & Westerfelt, 1991). The loss of stable shelter, whether sudden or gradual, may produce symptoms of psychological trauma. Second, among those who are not psychologically traumatized by becoming homeless, the ongoing condition of homelessness—living in shelters with such attendant stressors as the possible loss of safety, predictability, and control—may undermine and finally erode coping capabilities and precipitate symptoms of psychological trauma. Third, if becoming homeless and living in shelters fail to produce psychological trauma, homelessness may exacerbate symptoms of psychological trauma among people who have histories of victimization. For these people, homelessness may constitute a formidable barrier to recovery (Goodman, 1991).”

I think neglect of a client’s person:enviroment assessment and neglect of traumatizing effects of co-habitation of varied personalities and intents is a barrier to recovery. As an individual attempts to forgo the events as they occurred, it becomes nearly impossible to trust the intent of a case worker, who vagrantly neglected an obligated duty of intervention. 9 months of complaints and no intervention in a housing program! And as the victim waits, HUD is still reviewing formal complaints. Maybe the legal system maneuvers more efficiently. Case workers can be sued for neglect and unethical actions. Especially when those unethical action included case workers providing confidential client profile data to another client!!!

The following  video is from Dr. Jeffery Schwartz. Schwartz states, environment has radical influences on how the centers of the brain’s cravings work. By going back to the same spots where drugs, alcohol or pornography was used in the past will significantly increase chances of relapse. In early stages of recovery the brain signals are much more intense so it is very important to not be around these types of environmental ques. Genetic vulnerability is another factor. It is widely know that relatives of alcoholics are much more sensitized to the affects of alcohol even if they are not an alcoholic. By becoming an “impartial spectator” the abuser can understand the influences of environment and genetic vulnerability. It is important to get into supportive environments and communities where they can get help managing these cravings.

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  1. Pingback: The Biopsychosocial Spiritual elements of a full client understanding: Complaint to HUD regarding violation of HUD Codes by South West Behavioral Health Services. | Paulgoree's Weblog

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