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SOC 382 (Roberts) - Introduction to Casework in Social Services

SOC 382 (Roberts) - Introduction to Casework in Social Services


Welcome to Your Casework Project Research Guide!

What is the assignment about?

  • You are a case manager at a local agency in Sacramento and David is your client. He is currently residing in foster care. Your “bio-psycho-social assessment” knowledge is completed by reading the book, A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer, and by working collaboratively with your client. 
  • Create a case plan for David:
    • Based on your assessment of the client using an Ecological Model approach, what would you address in David’s Individualized Case Plan?
    • Include specifics regarding the Assessment, Planning, Linking and Monitoring (be specific utilizing names of your local resources/agencies when appropriate). Be sure to balance what you have learned about cultural competence when considering his plan, as well as balancing his (and his family’s) strengths and weaknesses.
  • In conclusion, what are some of the internal struggles/values conflicts/boundary issues that you experienced with this case? What would you do to manage these thoughts and feelings? How would you manage potential countertransference?



  • 3-5 pages
  • Typed
  • Duble spaced
  • 12-point font
  • Your name on left hand corner
  • Due date: Thursday, 4/29/2020


What do you need to do to successfully research your topic?

  • Gather citations for your sources as you find them. Don't wait until then end to compile your list of works cited.
  • Be prepared to change your search terms. As you read on your topic, you will identify new terminology that you can use to improve your search results.
  • Think about the who, when, where, and what of your topic. This can help to keep your research focused.
  • You may have to search more broadly or more specifically/narrowly about different aspects of your topic. This will determine the scope of your research.
  • Consult a Librarian. We are happy to help you find Library resources!