is scheduled to meet with you this morning. You reflect on the progress
she and her children have made as a result of the interventions that
you have recommended. With each struggle, Teresa practiced using the
problem solving skills that you taught her and, while she was still not
able to leave public housing, she would be exited from other public
assistance programs today. She reminds you of yourself and your own
struggles, and you wonder if you should tell her about your own path. It
seems that it would be a good idea to tell her about your story so that
she can remain hopeful of continued success. When she knocks on your
office door, you excitedly ask her to step in.
She begins to cry and tells you that
she is not sure what to do; her family is going to be evicted from
public housing and she lost her job. You sit very still, “What
happened?” She tells you that she even though the police told her uncle
that he had to leave the house, he did not. He has two felony drug
convictions and no one with a drug felony is allowed to live in that
public housing community. She starts to cry harder and hyperventilate.
To help her calm down, you consider telling her your story.
- Should you tell Teresa about how
you also had to live on public assistance while recovering from a
substance abuse problem? After all, you had a worse situation and
managed to recover; if she hears your story, she might feel hopeful.
- What are your next steps to help manage this crisis?
- What referrals would most likely be added to her new intervention plan?