Imagine you are an intern for a MSW program

This assignment is not in essay format. Please answer the questions based on each section. This assignment you will imagine you are an intern for a MSW program and your placement is supportive housing with individuals who utilize drugs. Think of a scenario in which a client at the internship had a session with you who wants to build a relationship with their daughter but is afraid that the child will not engage.  As a social worker intern help the client reach out to the child. In the scenario, you must also assume that the supervisor provided you with feedback based on the discussion with the client and document in the appropriate session.


Name of Client System (alias/initials):


Demographic Information and Cultural Tune In (race/ethnicity, sexual orientation/gender identity, family system, presenting concern, etc):



Who was present during the session?


Organization/Context of session:


Preparatory work, meetings, phone calls, research



Purpose and expected outcomes:


Dialogue: This is a narrative of the conversation with the client. In detail please write out the entire

Dialogue. Please use client’s initials to assure confidentiality.  


Section Analysis: Student describes the client in terms of: attitude, tone, affect, non-verbal communication,

defense mechanisms, etc. Include the evidence that was observed to support it. Note theory that

supports understanding and/or practice choices. Student identifies the phase of work, skills used

or missed opportunities to use skills. 


Section Self-Reflection: Student describes their experience of the interaction in terms of their own cognitive and affective responses, non-verbal communication, defenses, etc. Students should describe what they were feeling in specific moments during the session.


Section: Supervisory Comments: Field instructor should support strengths, highlight limitations, clarify use of skills, etc.


Complete the following sections and questions, as applicable.

V   ANALYSIS OF SESSION (or contact)

Did you meet your goals?

What do you think happened?

What went right?

What concerns or challenges did you encounter?

What issues were raised?

What contracts were made?

What values were expressed?

What dynamics occurred between the people present?

Who played what roles?

What things do you need to watch out for?


What are your plans for –

A. Next session:

B. Collateral work:



What were your interventions?

Evaluate your work with the client system. Strengths?






Identifying Data

Name of client system:  EK

Demographic Information and Cultural Tune In: 36-year-old recently separated African American male looking to build a relationship with her daughter.

Who was present during the session? EK and his wife, BT.

Pre-Sessions Activities

I called the client to inquire about her situation and any potential matters of concern.

Goal of Session

Purpose and expected outcome: this session’s goal is to engage the client and his wife to identify the cause of the fallout and establish ways to fix the broken relationship. The expected outcomes include positive interactions and forming the foundation for a good parent-child relationship.


Social worker (SW): How are you both doing today?

EK: We’re fine, thank you.

SW: EK, how would you describe your relationship with your daughter?

EK: She’s always been my little girl, but over the past several years, things have happened so fast, and I feel I lost her. I want the relationship we once had back. I barely see her and don’t know what to say even when I do. We cannot have conversations. I try to engage her, but she is cold towards me.

SW: Why do you suppose she is cold?

EK: Her mother and I separated, it must have been hard on her, and I think she blames me for it.

BT: It’s not just about the separation, EK.

SW: So what is it about?

BT: EK has never truly been there for our daughter. He has always prioritized other things over us. He would rather go on a drinking spree with his friends than stay home with us. He is never there when she needs him. This is his own making. EK, Is it fair that you get to be her dad only when it is convenient for you?

EK: No, it’s not. I’ve done many things wrong, but I never stopped loving her.

BT: She does not believe that.

SW: BT, EK acknowledges his mistakes.

BT: It’s not enough to acknowledge. It changes nothing. He needs to do much more.

SW: What do you suggest he does to reach out to her?

BT: He can start by stopping by the house often, checking up on her, listening to her, celebrating her strengths, talking to her, and being intentional.

EK: But she will not engage.

SW: Start by asking for forgiveness, and do not pressure her.

EK: Do you think that will work?

SW: Yes, just be the father she needs.

EK: Okay, I will try all that

SW: You will let me know how that works out. After reaching out to her successfully, we will focus on family therapy for your family. This will help mend your relationship further.

EK: Thank you.

Section analysis: the client was remorseful and spoke in a low tone. He kept his eyes down most of the time, never glancing at his wife and only looking at me occasionally. The basic emotions theory holds that facial expressions are critical in communicating one’s emotional state (Katembu et al., 2022). Some  of the skills I used include active listening, critical thinking, empathy, honesty, and emotional intelligence.

Section Self-Reflection: I only played a mediating role and led the conversations. I listened to the two individuals keenly and maintained eye contact as much as possible. I felt empathetic when EK acknowledged his mistake.

Supervisory Comments:

Analysis of Session

Did you meet your goals? Yes.

What do you think happened? The client realized his mistakes.

What went right? The client’s wife provided much-needed information.

What concerns or challenges did you encounter? The client appeared reserved.

What issues were raised? Disengagement, separation, and prioritization.

What contracts were made? That the client asks for forgiveness.

What values were expressed? Compassion, love, and remorse.

What dynamics occurred between the people present? The client and his wife discussed their daughter, with the wife being stern and the client remorseful.

Who played what roles? I played the role of a leader, the client a follower, and the wife, an opposer.

What things do you need to watch out for? BT’s influence on EK’s relationship with their daughter.


Next session: Find ways to strengthen the newly-built relationship between father and daughter.

Collateral work: Encourage participation in family therapy.

Evaluation of your Work

Interventions: Parent-child communication and family therapy.

Evaluation: Working with this client was eased by his critical listening skills and every participant’s communication skills.

Questions for Next Supervisory Session

  1. Do you know your daughter’s triggers?
  2. How do you plan to make amends in future?


Katembu, S., Xu, Q., Rostami, H. N., Recio, G., & Sommer, W. (2022). Effects of Social Context on Deliberate Facial Expressions: Evidence from a Stroop-like Task. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 247–267.




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