Social Work Agency Interview

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Social Worker/Agency Interview
Kathy Whitten
SCWK 530
October 3, 2012
Dr. Anna Martin-Jearld

Social Worker/Agency Interview
The Journey
I chose to interview Mark Duney from Harbor Counseling Services for my assignment. Because I had never taken public transportation before it took some research to figure out where the Gatra runs and how do I get there because, of course, it doesn’t run right out in front of my house. I walked downtown, about a half a mile, to where the Gatra stop was near Dunkin Donuts. I was not sure what I was doing and felt very nervous and anxious. I am used to just getting in my car and driving to where I need to go. I asked the driver if it went to North Plymouth near Ernie’s just to be sure that I was on the correct bus. He said yes. I put my fifty cents in and went to sit down. There were two older men on the bus. The bus had an odor to it, could not quite put my nose on it but it was not pleasant. I sat toward the front. We stopped once to let someone on, a younger woman, she seemed to know everyone on the bus so I am assuming this was the transportation she used all of the time. She said hello to me and asked me if I were new in town or a tourist. I told her that I was on an assignment for school and had to use public transportation. She laughed. The bus arrived at my destination, 340 Court Street. The Social Worker

Mark Duney works at Harbor Counseling Services. He began the service in 1980 in a small office in Hingham. In 1982, he joined another practice group and Harbor Counseling took a hiatus for 15 years. In 1996, Harbor Counseling Associates was reborn as a small, specialized practice that has grown into a helpful, reliable, and truly “safe harbor” for their clients and their families. The theories that shape his work are psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory, Freud, object relations theory, gestalt theory, brief therapy/problem-solving therapy, behaviorism, rational-emotive therapy, cognitive therapy, systems theory, and structural family therapy. The Agency and Service Provision System

Mark Duney provides services to individuals, couples, and families. He sees people between the ages of six and one-hundred six. He is specializes in attention deficit disorder, child-family therapy, and child psychiatry. The clients come from corporations, law enforcement agencies, schools, and physician offices. Mr. Duney sees clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and “normal people with normal problems.” I asked Mark Duney about addiction as I read on his website that he treats people who suffer from it as well as alcoholism. He said it is the central part of his practice. He specializes in addiction. Eating disorder, gambling, sex addiction, alcoholism, opiates, or combination of both alcohol and opiates. His practice is oriented toward the Twelve step recovery program. If people have difficulty or objections in dealing with this program, he helps them through it. He firmly believes that the Twelve step recovery program is the only way to recover from addiction as well as therapy. Diversity

Mark Dunay was trained in a diverse community in Cambridge and Somerville. He had a mix caseload in terms of economic, race, and culture. He was trained to recognize the importance of culture and address it early on in the therapy, making sure it was okay for them to work with a white male (now old) therapist. You do not make believe that there are not differences in culture that they do not influence the way people come for help and the way their expectations are for getting help. He has a gay friendly practice. He has helped many young children come out and he has a subculture of gay people and couples who he sees. Culture is very, very important.

According to the article from Social Work, Deciding Who to See: Lesbians Discuss Their Preferences in Health and Mental Health Care Providers, it states that the participants in the study all considered if there were...
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