Goli is a 33-year-old Iranian woman who is going through a hard time right now. She has only been married for three years. She has one child from this marriage. Her husband is currently unemployed and is unable to provide for the family. Goli does not have the skills needed to obtain employment.
Goli believes that there is a better world out there for her family. She wants to help the family and her husband. He holds to very traditional values regarding being the breadwinner for the family. He does not want her to work outside of the home, but realizes that they are in trouble.
She fears being here at the case management unit today, because family problems are never discussed outside the family. If her husband or her family knows that she is here today, they will be unhappy with her even though they need the help.
Evaluate this case study using the three levels of intervention discussed in class and the text.
- Describe the effect Goli’s nationality has on you as you listen to her story.
- Evaluate your feelings as they relate to Goli’s Iranian culture. Be honest with yourself when answering this question.
- What practices in the Iranian culture inform how you will work with Goli and, analyze how your knowledge of these cultural practices influences your relationship with Goli?
- Identify obstacles to helping Goli. Explain how you will overcome these obstacles.
- Evaluate the basic helping attitudes that you possess and describe how these attitudes inform your work with Goli.
- What type of boundary and other ethical issues have you identified as you work with Goli and what will you do about these issues?
- Examine what you have discovered about yourself through this case study. Summarize what you need to work on to be the best you can be in the field.