Discussion 2: Resiliency

Do you ever feel trapped by circumstances that you sense you are powerless to change? As a social worker, you can anticipate having to regularly address clients who feel trapped in adverse circumstances and have no clear direction on how to improve their situations. How do you address the needs of such a client?

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman (2016) define resiliency as “the ability of an individual, family, group, community, or organization to recover from adversity and resume functioning even when suffering serious trouble, confusion, or hardship” (p. 17-18). For this Discussion, you apply the concept of resiliency to the real life scenario of Talia Johnson.

To prepare for this Discussion, review the major concepts from your HSBE I course (Chapters 1–9 in Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman). Then, view the media about Talia Johnson’s visit with her social worker. As you reflect on the readings this week, imagine you are Talia Johnson’s social worker and consider how you might apply the concept of resiliency to Talia’s case. Also, consider how you might apply the concept of resiliencyto social work practice in general.

By Day 3

Post a Discussion that includes the following:

  • An explanation about how you, as Talia’s social worker, might apply the concept of resiliency to Talia and her situation
  • Examples from the case study of Talia and the resources to support your strategy
  • An explanation of how you might apply the concept of resiliency to your social work practice

Required Readings

Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
“The Johnson Family” (pp. 11–13)Note: This text is available as an eBook (electronic book). It will be provided to you via an email from the Walden University book store.

Zastrow, C. H., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed.). Boston, MA:  Cengage Learning.
Review Chapters 1–9

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Johnson family: Episode 5 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

Accessible player –Downloads–Download Video w/CCDownload AudioDownload Transcript

Optional Resources

Use the link below to access the MSW home page, which provides resources for your social work program.
MSW home page

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