Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up. The goal of most social work is to ensure that the client no longer needs a social worker. Through problem solving and developing a client’s ability to resolve the problems they are experiencing, a social worker becomes obsolete.

Social workers know that eventually their work with their client will come to an end. However, before termination occurs, social workers want to be sure to properly evaluate the progress with their client. In order to be successful in social work, it is important to utilize evaluation methods to assess if the client’s needs are met, and it also allows a social worker to ascertain whether or not services remain effective and necessary. Evaluation is an essential part of social work practice and requires social workers to evaluate both the treatment outcomes and their own practice.

This week, you examine termination. You also evaluate your practice skills in a reflection on the role-play scenario you completed in Week 8.

Learning Objectives

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up
Students will:
  • Identify methods for evaluating client progress
  • Analyze feelings related to the termination of therapeutic relationships
  • Identify social work skills for resolving negative feelings related to terminating therapeutic relationships
  • Evaluate social work skills portrayed in a role-play scenario

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Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

  • Chapter 8, “Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up in Generalist Practice” (pp. 307–348)

Marmarosh, C. L., Thompson, B., Hill, C., Hollman, S., & Megivern, M. (2017). Therapists-in-training experiences of working with transfer clients: One relationship terminates and another begins. Psychotherapy, 54(1), 102–113. http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1037/pst0000095

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.


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Discussion: Management of Planned and Unplanned Termination

Depending on the client and the length of treatment, saying goodbye can be hard for both of you.

While you generally anticipate that successful treatment will lead to the eventual termination of the client relationship, there are a variety of other reasons for why this relationship might come to an end. There might be a set number of sessions the client’s insurance will allow, or maybe the end of your internship is quickly approaching. Maybe termination results from the unexpected, like a new job or an illness, or the client leaves without notice. Regardless of the cause, you and your client must be prepared for the end of your working relationship.

In this Discussion, you reflect on the termination process, the potential feelings associated with ending a client relationship, and skills to address challenges related to termination.

 

 

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

By Day 3

  • Explain how you might evaluate client progress and determine when a client is ready to terminate services.
  • Describe a situation when a professional relationship may end before the client achieves their goals.
  • Describe one potential positive and one potential negative feeling that you, as the social worker, might feel regarding a planned termination and an unplanned termination.
  • Describe one potential positive and one potential negative feeling a client might feel regarding both a planned and an unplanned termination of a therapeutic relationship.

 

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

By Day 6

Respond to at least two colleagues:

  • Provide a suggestion for dealing with the negative feelings that can occur with terminating client relationships.
  • Identify a social work skill and provide a specific example of how your colleague might use this skill to address challenges in termination.

Submission and Grading Information

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Grading Criteria

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Assignment: Evaluation of Skills: Client System Role-Play Reflection and Analysis Paper

After planning the script and videotaping the role-play scenario, how did it feel to walk in the shoes of a social worker? What insights did you gain from the experience? What aspects of this experience were challenging for you? Being able to recognize the areas where you were successful and the areas where you need improvement are what make role-plays an important part of your social work education.

For the written segment of your Final Project, reflect on your experience in developing this role-play video. Consider any insights you gained from the experience, as well as the challenges you might have experienced in its planning and execution. Think about the specific social work techniques you used and why you used them. Finally, review the videos your colleagues posted. Select one of those videos and consider any areas in which your colleague might improve their approach and why.

 

Week 10:Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up

By Day 7

Submit a 4- to 5-page paper. In your paper, address the following:

  • Reflect on your experience in doing the role-play video.
  • Describe insights you gained from the experience and explain how these insights affect your approach to practice.
  • Describe the challenges you experienced in planning and executing the role-play scenario and explain how you overcame them.
    • Focus on insights and challenges related to demonstrating skills and engaging as a professional social worker, not on technical aspects of role-playing or recording the scene.
  • Describe the specific engagement techniques/skills you used and analyze why you used them.
  • Describe the colleague’s role-play video you selected.
  • Assess what your colleague did well in the video you selected and recommend areas for improvement in your colleague’s approach.

Support your Assignment with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Submission and Grading Information

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  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK10Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Week 10 Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 10 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK10Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

 

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