Custom Research Paper Writing - Ecological Theory and the Sanchez Family
Essay #2: New Directions in Social Work Website Instructions with Screen Shots
Top of Essay #2 will facilitate your understanding of ecological theory by applying it to a case situation. Before beginning your essay read the Sanchez Family ,then go to the New Directions in Social Work website at http://www.routledgesw.com/ to review our first case, The Sanchez Family.
The first time you visit this site, please click on the link to “Sign Up for a Free Account”. A new box will open. Under “Create an Account”, select “I am a Student” for User Type, enter the information requested, and click on “Request Access”. Be sure to write your password in a readily accessible location, as we’ll visit this website throughout the semester.
Once you’ve signed into the site, from the home page select Interactive Cases. You will find three case options. For Essay #2, click on “View This Case” under The Sanchez Family: Systems, Strengths, and Stressors. Before beginning your review of The Sanchez Family interactive case, please scroll down and acquaint yourself with the features available to you on this page.
A copy of the website screen image for the New Directions in Social Work website appears below (scroll down as needed). Please note the links to the phases engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate at the top of the screen. To the right of these links, please note the case study tools. If you place your cursor over the icons, you will see a description of each tool (e.g., links to Explore the Town). At the bottom of the screen, note the goals for the case.
Please pay special attention to “My Notebook”, found on the lower right corner of your screen. As you review the case, you will be prompted to respond to questions and can keep a notebook of your responses. It is strongly recommended that you review the questions for each essay before your begin your case review, take detailed notes as you review each assigned case, and save any notes you may take within this site. You can later access this information to assist you with the assigned essay, as well as future essays and your research paper.
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1.) Define and provide an example of each of the following terms using examples from the Sanchez family:
2.) Is the Sanchez family moving toward differentiation, entropy, or negative entropy?
a. Define each term:
3. negative entropy
b. Why do you believe your choice was the best fit for the Sanchez family? (Support your reason for
selecting differentiation, entropy, or negative entropy.)
NOTE: Be sure to write in third person point of view, rather than first person.
APA Challenge: Margins, Running Heaads, Headers, Page Numbers, and Line Spacing
The Sanchez family is a large extended family living in a Latino community in the midwest. You are their
social worker, having just been hired at the local social service agency. Your job is to provide a
psychosocial assessment, develop a case plan, and then execute that plan. This is a complex case that
will require you to apply everything you are learning in your social work program! To get started, click on
the button below, and begin your tasks.
Develop collaborative relationships with all key systems
These include the client (or clients), as well as other systems in the client's environment
that can be enlisted in the problem-solving process. These include agencies, neighbors,
community organizations, places of worship, schools, friends, and relatives.
"Tune in" to the clients' narrative, or story
The "tuning in" process, first articulated by Lawrence Shulman, includes getting in touch
with the client's feelings about his or her situation, and the effects of culture, history, and
social structure upon his/her story; it also includes getting in touch with your own
feelings about these clients and the challenges they face.
Review each family member's ecomap, and learn about family relationships through the interaction
matrix (these may always be accessed by clicking on the appropriate icons above). Based on these data,
as well as case files, what unanswered questions do you have about the family member or members you
are interested in? You may want to put these in your notes.
Peruse the town map of the Sanchez family’s community. What can you say about the resources in this
community as they relate to your client’s goals? What resources not seen on this map do you think
might be important?
Wife of Hector, Mother of Junior, Emilia, Vicki, Gloria, Alejandro and Carmen
Married to Hector for nearly forty years, Celia Sanchez has been in this country for about two
decades. Devoted to her family, Celia has never worked outside the home, and does not drive.
She delights in cooking for her children, taking care of the home, and taking care of the
grandchildren of her oldest children.
Given her desire to stay close to home and family, Mrs. Sanchez has not developed the
proficiency with English that her husband has. This has been a barrier to her efforts to care for
the family. For example, in the relatively few instances that she has been so ill that she required
the services of a physician, she needed her son to go with her to interpret for her. Her ability to
participate in parent-teacher conferences has, over the years, been very limited. And when one of
her children came in contact with the juvenile justice system, she was unable to understand fully
the legal implications of the choices she faced.
Recently, the son of her sister Delores came to the United States from Mexico (see Roberto’s
The rest of Mrs. Sanchez’s extended family all still lives in Mexico. She returned for a brief visit
a few years ago for the funeral of her mother, but, given the expense and time involved, she
rarely has contact with her siblings, nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles, even though her
extended family was quite close when she was growing up.
Mrs. Sanchez has been concerned with how to stretch their money to accommodate the
children’s needs, as well as her needs and those of her husband. She wanted her husband to apply
for food stamps, but he is adamantly opposed, and she is unwilling to go against her husband.
She has secretly been obtaining commodities from her Church pantry. Since she is a parishioner
at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, her visits there do not raise her husband’s suspicions.
Concerns of Client
She is worried that there is not adequate income for the food the family needs, given the
two extra mouths to feed and the variability in Hector’s employment, especially during
the recent economic downturn.
Mrs. Sanchez is unable to proficiently understand and communicate in English. The
Sanchez family needs more information about the process of permanently adopting
Celia’s grandson, Joey, especially if their daughter will contest this move.
Celia is concerned about the tension between her husband and her over the presence of
her nephew, Roberto, in their household.
Keep these goals in mind throughout your analysis
Find additional resources for food and possibly income support
With Hector’s active involvement, seek clarification of the legal issues associated with the
presence of Roberto in their home and the issues involved in Joey’s adoption
Enroll in a class for persons learning English as a second language
Son of Celia and Hector, Brother of Emilia, Vicki, Gloria, Alejandro and Carmen
Junior is the oldest child, married to Lola, and the father of four children, aged two to ten. He lives close
to his parents and works in the same job as his father. As the eldest boy in the family, it was always
expected that Jr. would honor the family by going to college and “making something of himself.” Jr. also
wanted this. However, over the years, the tension between the need to bring honor to the family and
the reality that money was needed to support everyone prevented him from pursuing this in a timely
manner. Although he is older now, and with responsibilities of his own, Jr. is still motivated to go to
college and has been taking classes as he can at the local community college. When he graduates from
there, he hopes to go to the university close by.
Junior’s job is unstable in the current economy; his employer has mentioned that layoffs
could still come, even though the company has survived the recession.
Junior lacks a college education, which would help to hedge against the loss of his
current employment, but increasing college costs and reductions in available student aid
combine to make his goals of obtaining a four-year degree difficult.