Reflection #2

Jessica Clow

Wayne State University

“ Empowering Adolescent Girls in foster care”

“The Case of Trent”

“Using the Ecological model in Generalist Practice: Life transitions in adulthood”

After reading and reflecting on some of the messages from all these articles, I found
myself relating to them and echoing some of my own personal experience in field. The
article “Empowering Adolescent Girls in Foster Care” gave me a good perspective of what a
social worker’s role may look like while working with girls in a group setting. I myself was
able to participate in an all girls group while in field placement and witness how adolescent
girls respond to one another when discovering similarities or differences. In this forum, my
clients gained respect for one another and practiced reciprocal positive reinforcement. For
example, in the reading, where all the women come a foster care background, the social
worker builds a relationship with the group and facilitates building trust between group
members. This article displayed how beneficial the group method can be and exhibits great
methods that can be used when working with those from different backgrounds.
The second article “The Case of Trent” reminded me so much of my internship. This
article speaks about a social work intern (Jo) in a school setting working with one student
named Trent. I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the events that occurred in this article
even knowing that things such a this happen every day. Although Trent displayed some
behaviors of aggression, I felt that the school/ teacher was mistreating the student in forms
of discrimination by placing Trent under the stereotype of the “aggressive and destructive
African American Male.” When Trent acted out (yelling, shouting) he was placed in “time-
out” and never re-directed or spoken to, until Jo, the social work intern, helped to create an
intervention plan with goals in place which Trent would understand. I feel that Jo did a
great job assessing this situation with Trent, even reaching out to Trent’ parents for
support, which I feel is essential.
The last article “Using the Ecological Model in Generalist practice: Life Transitions in
Late Adulthood” was very informational and helped me understand the process of working
with others as a team, including all the different roles and functions an individual can have
within a team. The article discusses the process of an older adult, Mrs. Goodman, as he
transitions into the final stages of growth and development. In the case, Mrs. Goodman
shows concern of losing her independence and accepting assistance as she ages. This
transition in particular was difficult, but I feel that the team did a good job assisting her
All of these articles displayed practical, realistic ethical social work practice issues
within a foster care group, an African American student in an education environment, and
an older adult in the geriatric care context. I have certainly gained a great deal of insight
from all of these articles and felt I could relate to a lot of these experiences.