The Ramirez family is multigenerational family experiencing some rising issues. The
family is currently going through health, housing and economic issues. The Ramirez family consists of the father Mr. Juan Ramirez, age 81. Maria Ramirez, age 42, is the oldest daughter and Olga, age 28 is the youngest. Daughter Maria has two children they are Marco, age 22, who is diagnosed with Autism and daughter Lisa, 17 years old. The social worker has applied the strength perspective and the ecosystems perspective in helping them to assist their issues. The prioritized issues that will be face are Mr. Ramirez health issues, the possibility of loosing their home, and the economic issues the family is facing at the moment. The social work will abide by The National Association of Social Workers (1996) (NASW) Code of Ethics to support and provide the necessary resources available in their community to assist the Ramirez family with their presented issues.
Using the ecosystems perspective will be a theoretical framework which the case will be seen by. According to Suppes and Wells (2013), “ecosystems perspective encourages social workers to maintain a stimulus focus on person and environment” (p. 47). The ecosystems perspective deals with the environment effecting the family and vice versa. Looking at the Ramirez family needs and relating to their environment will improve their situation. The family resides in Hartford and the family needs to be directed to the adequate resources in the community to help them with their needs.
The strength perspective will be use to analyze the Ramirez family as well. The strength perspective is an approach that looks at the strengths of clients instead of their deficits (MacArthur, Rawana, & Brownlee, 2011). The social worker has identified the strength of the family of still being together. Maria having the strength to be a caregiver not only to her children but also her father. Both Maria and Olga were caregivers to their mother, Esterfania, who was diagnosed from dementia and was believed to have suffered from congestive heart failure that lead to her death. The Ramirez has been a close family helping each other and this will help them get through the difficulties they are currently going through with the medical needs of their father. Making the family see the strength that they have will lead to empowerment. Empowerment in this case will involve being in control of their basic needs and to strive to resolve the issues the family currently is going through and taking the resources in their environment to accomplish to resolution.
With the issues that need to be address gaining the confidence and faith in the Ramirez family to work with the social worker is helpful to continue with their case. Even with the benefit of being a Spanish speaking social worker there will be challenges when it comes to religion. Having Mr. Ramirez be a devout Jehovah witness will be a challenge since social worker does not know any details of the religion. As a social worker on must be culture competent when working with clients of difference cultures to better assist their needs. Social worker did research and found one of Jehovah’s Witness medical belief is to refuse blood transfusions even if it is to save their life (Louderback-Wood, 2005). Knowing this information is important in understanding Mr. Ramirez because being culturally competent will better help the client know the social worker understand his beliefs. Social worker having the skill of competently with individuals of different cultures is important in social work practice because in America today there are many individuals who belong to different ethnic minority groups (Suppes & Wells, 2013). Also, having someone from his belief come and speak with him may come as a comfort to him. At 29 Wadsworth Street in Hartford, Jehovah’s Witnesses meet every week as a group and this may be some where Mr. Ramirez may be interested at attending. Relating to...
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