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					                                Clark Atlanta University
                       Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work
           MSW MONTHLY REPORT September and August 2007

Supervisor/Date          Kimberley Lyles       11/06/06
Student/Date             M. Noel McGee         11/06/06

I.        Practicum Assignments - Write all the key assignments you were given during
          the month (ex. read policy and procedure manual, performed intake on 5 clients,
          etc.):
         Advocate and assist women and children in accessing resources necessary to
          improve their economic status as they move toward self-sufficiency.

         Respect the dignity and promote the welfare of black lesbians and their children.

         Assess the availability of services in the community that can provide support to
          participating women and children.

         Establish collaborative relationships with community agencies and supporters that
          provide access to services and resources that enhance the well being of
          participants and promote self-sufficiency.


         Advocate for the advancement of lesbians of color by encouraging political
          participation for changes in policy that promote social justice and fairness.



II.        Learning Goals - Choose one of the assignments listed in Section I, and discuss
           one goal from your Educational Plan that relates to the chosen assignment:

         Reject negative value judgments rooted in dominant cultural norms.

         Establish collaborative relationships with community agencies and supporters that
          provide access to services and resources that enhance the well being of lesbians of
          color and promote self-sufficiency.

         Advocate for the advancement of lesbians of color by encouraging political
          participation for changes in policy that promote social justice and fairness.

Black lesbians face discrimination from organizations that exist to support them. It seems
that Black lesbian issues are often ignored within political/campaigning groups and in
social/support groups.
Ill.    Knowledge - Include course content from the Strengths Perspective that relates to
the assignment in Section II:
         Recognize the abilities of lesbians of color to create families outside of the
          traditional family models.

         Identify common and cultural resources / supporters of among lesbians of colors.

         Establish S.H.E. as a supporter of the National Black Justice Coalition’s Black
          Out 2006 Coming Out Initiative. Campaign supports and defends the rights of all individuals as
          they define themselves.



IV.        Skills - Identify two skills (interviewing, communication, data gathering,
           collaboration, use of self, empathy, observation, listening, etc.) and describe how
           you used these skills for the assignment chosen in section II:


         Transactional – Demonstrate genuine warmth and sensitivity toward lesbians of
          color. Three components of the client-centered approaches to psychotherapy are
          warmth, empathy, and genuineness.


         Survival – Place high priority on the needs and rights of black lesbians and their
          families involved in program.


         Organizational – Assess systems and sub-systems that assist lesbians of and their
          families in identify their own support system



V.         Values - Discuss two (2) values from the NASW Code of Ethics, NAMSW, or
           HIPPA and other standards of practice that relate to the assignment chosen in
           section II:


          NASA Code of Ethics
          1.07 Privacy and Confidentiality

         Social workers should respect clients’ right to privacy.
         Social workers should protect the confidential of all information obtained in the
          course of professional services, except for compelling professional reasons.
VI.       Roles - Choose one role (advocate, negotiator, broker or educator) that relates to
          the assignment chosen in section II and briefly write how you demonstrated this
          role:

         Educator

      By making accessible environmental opportunities and resources needed to resolve
      individual and family problems and enabling lesbians of color to develop decision
      making and problems solving skills so that they can become their own advocates.



VII.      Generalist Practice - Delineate the problem solving process as it relates to one
          of the assignments in Section I.

          1. Engagement – Identify problems, feelings, and goals


                By assisting lesbians of color in the completion of a Family Service Plan
                 that identify individual and family needs.


          2. Data collection – Information related to the scope, duration, and severity of
          the problem; capacity for change; cultural implications; formal and informal
          environmental resources

                    Gathering information on services providers by resource agencies in
                     Fulton County/ City of Atlanta.
                    Establishing and maintaining contacts/ relationship with community
                     agencies that provide support services to lesbians of color and their
                     families.

          3. Assessment – Conceptualize and prioritize problems; develop a contracted
          plan

                    Conduct S.H.E. psychosocial assessment that gathers the following
                     information and history: demographic, family, personal, legal,
                     employment, educational, medical, family interaction and support
                     systems.

                    Complete S.H.E. family service plan that outlines presenting problem,
                     services goals, task/ responsibilities, person(s)responsible and
                     frequency, expected outcome and target dates.
         4. Intervention – Implement strategies for problem solving according to the
         tasks identified in the contracted plan

       S.H.E. support/ discussion groups are for black lesbians at all points of
        exploration with their sexuality and sexual identity. The support groups provide a
        safe space for participants to examine their identity and experiences. This group
        addresses relational issues, including intimacy, engaging in new relationships,
        expressing needs effectively, building self-esteem, and managing social anxiety.


       S.H.E social activities program provide a place for participants to learn about
        resources in the community and act as a space for Black Lesbians to support each
        other in their exploration of identity and to understand the impacts of personal,
        family, and cultural dynamics.


       S.H.E outreach and education program focuses on developing strategies to create
        change in the composition of government, that make decision for all citizens,
        including lesbians of color. S.H.E provides a forum and affirming space for the
        voices of lesbians of color.


         5. Evaluation – Measure the effectiveness of the intervention


               Assist in the management of records and computer updates used to
                determine agency outcomes.


         6. Termination – Determine whether the client system should be transferred,
         referred, or terminated; plan follow-up if needed


                   Individual and/or family receives services


VIII.    Integration of Theory – What human behavior theory best relates to
         understanding the problem presented in section VII? Why?

           Client –Centered Therapy
           The “client –centered therapy” assumes that the child and family possess
           inherent capabilities for growth. The therapist’s role in client –centered
           therapy is to help the client achieve his/her own destiny by promoting the
           client’s free expression of feeling through three core conditions: genuineness,
           empathy, and unconditional positive regard.
Black lesbians face double oppression because of their race and their sexuality. Some feel
they have been forced to choose between the gay 'culture' and the Black and ethnic
minority culture.

An important point is that when homophobia occurs within Black communities this can
mean that an individual is cut off from support networks of family and friends which are
important to enable a person to develop a positive Black identity and to counter the
racism faced on a daily basis. Black lesbians therefore have to consider the importance of
'coming out', weighing the possible loss of family and community support against the
gains.



IX.     Monthly Statistical Report - Complete monthly statistical report form as
        indicated.
                                   Clark Atlanta University
                          Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work

                 MSW MONTHLY STATISTICAL REPORT FORM

    Student: M. Noel McGee                            Agency: S.H.E.

    Month: August 2006, September 2006,               Address: 339 Angier Suite 3
    October 2006


    Faculty Liaison: Professor Breelove               Agency Supervisor Kimberley Lyles



    Monthly Caseload
                               # Cases    # Intakes   # Sessions   # Cancellations
    CLIENTS                                                                           Males/Females
    Adults (20+)                  4           4                                             /4
    Adolescents (13-19)                                                                      /
    Child (0-12)                                                                             /
    Family                        2           2                                             /2
    Group                                                 7                                 /7
    Community                                             5                                 /5
    Total                                                                                    /

                 Agency supervisory hours for the month: September 2006 15 hours
                                                         October 2006   20 hours
                 Number of presentations you performed: _____1______

                 Race and ethnicity of clients (indicate number for each):

                     African Americans     __9__       Hispanic              _____

                     Asian Americans       ____        Native American       _____
                     Caucasian             ____       Other                  _____

                                                                                     # HOURS
MEETINGS ATTENDED
Staff                                                                                  15
Community                                                                              35
Administrative
Rounds
Case conferences
Other:
Other:

				
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