My client EV is an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala.

My client EV is an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala. He was referred to me due to his lack of the English language and his low academic skills which causes him a lot of frustration in the classroom. I am social worker and turn in public school 130 in Brooklyn New York. Working with EV I have learned that both EV and his mother are victims of domestic violence. EV has expressed his fear of the mother’s boyfriend, which causes him not to get a good nights rest.

EV- “he hit me!”

SW- “who hit you?”

EV- “M”

SW- “who is M?”

EV- “ my mom boyfriend!”

1. The first part of your assignment is to provide a brief summary/ vignette of a client (individual or family) you have recently met with in your field placement (i.e. who is your client or clients…age, race/ethnicity, gender, etc). Please include in this section the presenting problem/concern and reason for referral to your agency (with name of agency). PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE ONLY PSUEDONYMS and to disguise personal information as needed to protect clients’ confidentiality. (1 page).

2. In the second part of your assignment, please detail how you prepared for your first session, and any impressions you might have had before your meeting. Following that, please share a small piece of verbatim process from your first session with this client (1 page).

3. For the final part of this assignment, I would like you to analyze your skills in engaging and assessing the client. Were there any assessment tools you used to learn about your client? If you did not use any assessment tools, what might you use if given the opportunity? Please discuss the areas you feel you did well in as well as those that are of concern to you. Please summarize at least two of the assigned readings related to ATTENDING OR TUNING IN (i.e. Chpt 2 of Kirst Ashman or Chp 3 of Shulman) and discuss how it relates to your personal reflection. (2 pages)


Kirst-Ashman, K. & Hull, G. H. (2018). Chapter 2: Practice skills for working with
​individuals (pp. 59-101). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.).
Stamford, CT: CENGAGE Learning.

Shulman, L. (2016). Chapter 3: The Preliminary phase of work (pp. 74-107). The skills of
helping individuals, families, groups, and communities (8thed.). Boston, MA: