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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read the required chapters from the Woodside and McClam (2019) text, as well as the Moffat (2011) article, Helping Those in Need: Human Service Workers. The logical choice when given a problem to solve is to first find its cause. In human services, multicausality complicates this process because often several causes for a problem might be present. The Oxford University Press online dictionary defines multicausal (Links to an external site.) as “having or involving several causes” (2018). For this discussion, imagine yourself as a human service professional working with a client facing a problem. Select a problem for your fictional client and describe two to three possible causes for it. Then, using the internet, the text or other required resources, or an article from the Ashford University Library, discuss an intervention you might consider addressing this problem. Do you think this intervention is enough to address the problem’s causes? Why or why not?
Summarize your reaction to your peers’ selected problem and possible causes for the fictional client. What other possible causes do you see? Do you agree or disagree with the selected intervention? Why? What intervention would you suggest for this client? Why would you suggest this intervention? What is the advantage of using it? Continue to monitor the discussion forum until Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post.
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When thinking of what multicausality is, it is pretty much that having multiple causes is a single problem. As a human service worker, it is my job to deal with many things at one time, because that is one of the ways I help find a solution. Once multicausality comes into prominence, certain issues arise. Two are particularly prominent: direct and indirect causality and cognition. (Warfield, 2008). An example of this is if someone who does drugs everyday due to anxiety and depression, they don’t work, and have no way of getting there because they have to always ask for rides, they live in a neighborhood where there are people who also do drugs and participate in gang activities. There are a plethora of things going on here. There isn’t just one cause to the problem.Hello, I’m Mr. Hawkins, and I work for Humane Health Services. My client name is Sarah Wilson who is 42 years of age, and works at her local Walmart. Sarah works so much that she doesn’t have time to keep her house properly cleaned. On her days off she likes to grab a six pack of beer to do what she calls “relax” after a long day at work. She also smokes about 1/2 packs of cigarettes per day. One day Sarah woke up and her dog was lying dead on the floor of her home. He died of lung issues, which the doctors still don’t know how this happened. Since the passing, Sarah has been excessively drinking alcohol daily and smoking 2 packs of cigarettes per day. I can definitely understand how she feels, as dogs are the most loyal and trustworthy animals on this earth. She chose to drink alcohol, as she felt that it would numb the pain. She hasn’t been in contact with her job, as she has missed 5 days straight now. Before the passing of her dog, she was already struggling with her finances, and was looking to get a part time job to make up some of her wages. Now, her missing time from her first job isn’t going to make things any better. Her depression has been so bad she couldn’t even call her job or family members. She also lives in an unsafe neighborhood. Two possible problems for the passing of her dog, is the cigarette smoke and an unclean house. Smoking is not good anyway, so when you excessively smoke around pets, that could be a problem. Also, she doesn’t make time to clean her house, and the bad odor could have also played a role in what happened to the dog. As far as I think this intervention is enough to address the problem’s causes, I do not. We never know how we are going to grieve whenever we lose a loved one. We all deal with the pain, but some people deal with it a bit differently. As far as Sarah, this has become a problem. She is doing damage to her life and body. Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking is bad, especially 2 packs per day. Plus, she lives in an unclean environment. She could cause other damages like lung cancer and heart damage. Although we are here to provide the service of Sarah’s well-being, there are other specialists that can help her in the other areas that we can’t. She should definitely be seen by a psychologist and be admitted to a drug and alcohol prevention program. Warfield, J. N. (2008). MULTICAUSALITY. Journal of Integrated Design & Process Science, 12(2), 27–29. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=43511667&site=eds-live&scope=site