Module 4: Life Span Social Work Discussion Board (15 points):


Question Description

This discussion board relates to this week's learning objective: Examining Child welfare policies and social worker roles. Identify older adult development in societal context. Discuss skills used in gerontology, school, and child social work.

The purpose of this discussion board is to help you evaluate how a client's developmental stage impacts their roles, expectations, and attitudes. Additionally, you will become more familiar with how society regards people in certain life stages and places expectations on them. You will also begin to identify skills, values, and roles that social workers play across the life-span. You can reach learning objectives by reading the case study you are assigned (found in the File Exchange within your group) and providing a thoughtful response that includes critical thinking. You will be expected to apply course concepts to your client's case.


Create a new thread and in the subject line have your name and the title. Posts should be no less than 300 words and no more than 500 words. Address the following questions in your response:

  1. Based on your client’s biological age, what stage of human development are they in? How is your client's human developmental stage relevant to the case? What unique ethical concerns arise during your client's stage, and how would you address them? (Hint: Ch7 Talks about birth - 18 CH 8 Talks about 65+ See the Developmental Stages Power Point in the module for additional information.)
  2. What are two social welfare policies (Macro Social Work) that your textbook mentioned that you think could help your client based on their Human Developmental Stage and their presenting problems and needs? Why did you select these two programs? (Consult and use your course textbook for specific social policies/programs. Hint: Ch 7, 8, and 11 have some specific policies, as does the rest of the textbook.)
  3. What kinds of attitudes does the public display toward people who are in the same human developmental stage as your client? What are the expectations does society have for people in that human development stage?
  4. What is your role as a social worker based on your client’s human developmental stage? How could you help your client navigate the attitudes and expectations they face from society?
  5. What is one question that you have about your case study/client and its relation to this week’s module material
  6. Please ensure that you respond to at least one peer in addition to your own post! Peer responses are expected to be a minimum of 100 words. Be sure to include critical thinking and thoughtful feedback in your response to ensure you earn the full amount of points in your post.

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Mrs. Harjo and Tony:​ Mrs. Harjo is 65 year old female who identifies as Latina. She lives in Globe, Arizona, and subsists on Supplemental Security Income, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps), and her garden. Mrs. Harjo has been living alone since the death of her husband five years ago. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and visits her hometown in Mexico for Semana Santa every other year. A paternal grandson, Tony (age 13), recently moved in with Mrs. Harjo following his mother's death from acute alcohol poisoning. Tony's biological father is serving five years in county jail on a third conviction. Tony's biological parents were never married, and his mother did not obtain a legal divorce from her first husband. When Tony was born, the hospital registrar listed the first husband as the legal father on his birth certificate. Trying to do the right thing, Mrs. Harjo went to Tony's school to give notice of a change of address and to put her name on file as guardian and emergency contact. School officials pointed out that Tony was not legally related to Mrs. Harjo, and that therefore she had no authority to authorize medical care, or to enroll Tony in school. The principal referred Mrs. Harjo to an attorney, where she appealed for help in getting Tony's paternity corrected. The attorney advised that the biological father adopt Tony in order to change the legal parent, but refused to take the case because Tony's father was incarcerated, and the likelihood of an adoption by an incarcerated parent was too low. Moreover, the whereabouts of the legal father are unknown, and thus no relinquishment can be secured. (Garcia, Bain, Avera, Armenta, 2005) Tony’s grades have dipped to a C average (he typically earns A’s and B’s) since the death of his mother. He is on the freshman baseball team, and cites this as one of his favorite activities, but will be barred from playing should his grades continue to decline. Tony has no specific academic interests but wants to remain eligible to play baseball. Teachers report that Tony has always been quiet, but has had difficulty concentrating in school since his mother's’ death two months ago. ...
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Lifespan Social Work Discussion
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There are several stages of human development that human beings undergo from
childhood to adulthood. Stages of human development are basically a series of change in
physical, emotional, social, intellectual and psychological attributes (Banks, 2004). Tony is 13
years old and this means that he is in adolescent stage of human development. An adolescent
stage is the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. Individuals within this stage are
still considered children or juveniles since they have not reached that stage where they are able to
take care of themselves (Goodman, 2011). This stage is very relevant t...

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