Supportive housing with individuals who utilize drugs

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 go to rehab for 6 months but do not have the proper resources and needs your assistance with getting their needs meet. 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: PT

Demographic Information and Cultural Tune In: a 19-year-old Hispanic male dealing with drug addiction and homelessness.

Who was present during the session? Client and his aunt, JM.

Pre-Sessions Activities

I briefly researched the client’s background to identify any problematic behaviors or major incidences that caused his drug use.

Goal of Session

Purpose and expected outcome: This session sought to establish the client’s needs and identify housing alternatives. The expected outcome is that the MSW program will provide the resources the client needs to meet his needs and go into rehabilitation.


Social worker (SW): Hello, how are you?

JM: Hi, we are fine, thanks.

SW: So, PT, I want to discuss your situation briefly. Is that okay with you?

PT: Yeah, sure.

SW: I understand you want to go to rehab for six months but lack some resources, right?

PT:  Yes.

SW: Where do you live?

JM: He recently moved in with me. He aged out of the foster system and moved out to live with a friend. They fell out, and he was living in the streets. I only found out about a month ago, but I’m currently jobless and will move out of the state soon. I cannot provide all that he needs

SW: PT, why did you not call your aunt instead of staying homeless?

PT: I’m tired of being a burden to everyone.

JM: It’s the reason he has decided to go to rehab.

SW: Is that so, PT?

PT: Yes, I want to fix my life. I am grateful my aunt wants to help, but she cannot afford to cater to all my needs. I need some resources.

SW: So you need help catering to your accommodation needs while at rehab?

PT: Yes, that’s what I need.

  1. It would be such a great help.

SW: Okay, PT, I am glad you have chosen to do this, and I wish you all the best. I will work on ensuring MSW provides the resources to meet your needs.

PT: Thank you.

Section analysis: the client responded to questions confidently and maintained eye contact but appeared distressed. At some point, he seemed angry and irritated, evidenced by his facial expression and hesitance in responding to some questions. However, he remained calm. He also had a positive attitude, especially when discussing his prospects and aspirations. PT’s psychosocial environment impacted his life significantly. The psychosocial development theory argues that people react to and are shaped by their surroundings (Newman & Newman, 2020). Some skills used include communication and active listening skills.

Section Self-Reflection: the interaction with PT was informative and allowed me to connect with the client. I maintained eye contact, nodded my head as I listened and used open-ended questions to engage the client. I felt empathy when the client spoke about his past family, homelessness, and drugs. I was proud of his determination.

Supervisory Comments: student has good communication and listening skills. However, better emotional intelligence would help the client trust the student and feel safe.

Analysis of Session

Did you meet your goals? Yes

What do you think happened? The client opened up about his experiences and ambitions.

What went right? The client showed determination to change his life.

What concerns or challenges did you encounter? The client has emotional issues.

What issues were raised? Lack of resources.

What contracts were made? MSW would help provide for these needs.

What values were expressed? Concern, empathy, respect, gratitude.

What dynamics occurred between the people present? The two did not speak to each other but glanced at each other once in a while, often with a smile. JM held PT’s hands at some point.

Who played what roles? JM took the role of a follower/advocate.

What things do you need to watch out for? The client’s emotions.


Next session: Reach an agreement on the use of these resources.

Collateral work: Address preventing relapse after rehabilitation and job seeking.

Evaluation of your Work

Interventions: MSW provides resources to cater for the client’s needs.

Evaluation: This session yielded the necessary information to ensure the client receives the help he needs to undergo rehabilitation and recover from his addiction.

Questions for Next Supervisory Session

  1. How committed are you to completing the treatment program?
  2. How will you ensure to preserve your progress and avoid relapse?
  3. How will you put the resources we offer into good use?


Newman, B. M., & Newman, P. R. (2020). Chapter 6 – Psychosocial theories. In Theories of Adolescent Development (pp. 149-182). Academic Press.





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