KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.
Chapter 5: Mental Illness: Community Supports and Community Dilemmas
Mental Illness: Community Supports and Community Dilemmas
[Page 101]The crisis team arrived at the park, and the workers looked at each other with uncertainty.
“I’m just not sure what to do. This guy’s living like he’s homeless, but I don’t think we can involuntarily commit him. We just don’t have the legal grounds.” Brent shook his head at Regan. “I mean, I’ve driven by this guy every day on my way to work. It’s really sad, but I think because people keep feeding him, he’s not in immediate danger, and he’s not been threatening anybody. Did you know he actually has an apartment? The police info said he’s so paranoid he ...