Human services do not offer a
one-size-fits-all approach. Determining what type of help to provide depends on
a client's individual needs. In some cases, the client may need medical
treatment rather than social or emotional intervention. In other cases, the
reverse is true. And in many cases, a combination of both is needed.
The three primary models of human
services delivery—medical, public health, and human services—delineate these
treatments. A patient with bipolar disorder, for instance, might best be
treated under the medical model by taking an antipsychotic drug. On the other
hand, a single teenage mother who has no health problems but is struggling to
afford shelter and food might be treated under the human services model with
the help of a social worker who can help her find employment and day care
services for her child. Furthermore, AIDS workers in Africa might utilize the
public health model, combining both medical treatment and social intervention,
giving medicine to victims of the disease and teaching prevention practices to
help stop the spread of HIV. In some cases, a human services professional may
need to apply more than one delivery model. The model, or combination of
models, that a professional uses is based on the client's specific situation.
- Review the article, "A Science of
Connectedness." Stanga K.pdf
- Consider which model or models of human services
delivery might be utilized in effectively organizing health care via the
"holarchy" of health care that is discussed.
- Select two models of human services delivery (medical,
public health, or human services) discussed in the readings to use for
this Application. This may be based on which models resonate most with
you, or which models are most applicable to the domain in which you would
like to work.
- Think about the characteristics of each model that you
selected and how both could be integrated in real-world situations.
2–3 pages in APA format
- Describe, in your own words, the two models of human
services delivery you selected and why you chose each.
- Then explain how the two models might be integrated in
practice. Be specific and use examples to support your explanation.
WHAT I HAVE COME UP WITH
The Human Service Model- focuses on providing services
(assistance with housing, anger management, medication management, mental
health/substance abuse treatment, unemployment, ect.) to assists clients solve
problems within the context of the environment.
I choose this model because I am familiar with this model’s
characteristics. I use this model consistently in my professional position.
The Medical Model- treats clients individually for a
diseases and illnesses using a symptom-diagnosis-treatment-cure system, and is
the oldest treatment model.
I choose this model because similar to my first choice I am
familiar with the practices of this model.
Most of my clients suffer from mental health illnesses such as PTSD,
Schizophrenia, ADHD, or some type of Bipolar Disorder or Depression. With each
of the clients battling one or multiple mental health issue they are prescribed
Psychiatric prescriptions. It is my job to become familiar with each diagnosis,
drug information, discuss the benefits and encourage clients to take them as
prescribed, observe for side effects and behavior changes from the drugs either
being too high in dosage or not at a therapeutic level, and able to answer any
questions the clients may have about the medication because most often they
don’t feel comfortable asking the prescribing doctor due to intimidation of a
authority figure and not wanting to be classified uneducated.
The two models are integrated in practice because they both
focus on treating the individual.