Social Work Intervention

Social Work Intervention

Client’s Issues Summary

Lilly’s childhood was torn apart when her mother passed away after a tragic accident. The young girl had caused the death of the person she loved and cared for the most in the world. This made her already strained relationship with her father even more volatile. Her hatred for her daughter grew and hostilities between the two seemed to be commonplace. Deprived of love and in desperate need of it and to belong, she gets into a romantic relationship with a black boy, Zack. At a time when the country was very divided against racial lines, the couple faces strong opposition, especially from white supremacists. Lilly also has a hard time with the blacks as their cultures and norms are very different from what she is used to. The young therefore faces continuous hurdles and obstacles along her path to finding acceptance and love. Her only confidante is her maid Rosalyn. Structure and normalcy are important for a child’s development and growth. A parent’s love and care are also critical to a child’s emotional growth and well being. Lilly significantly lacks both these things in her life. That coupled with her being the cause of her mother’s death are more than enough to push a grown up off the edge. For a child, who has yet to master her emotions and feelings, they could cause serious esteem and confidence issues scarring them for life.

Short Term and Long Term Goals

It is important to reestablish the relationship between Lilly and her estranged father in the shortest time possible. Due to the significant lack of structure and guidance, due to the lack of a constant parental figure in her life, Lilly’s life is spiraling out of her control. Their reconciliation will also pave the way for Lilly to forgive herself for the death of her mother. This will allow the young girl to stop looking for love and validation in all the wrong places and focus on being a child and enjoy all the wonderful experiences that come with being one. Steps should also be taken to reassure the girl of her safety so that she does not run away from home. In the long term, it would be beneficial to their relationship if Lilly and her father are guided to take a trip into her mother’s past. This will help the two understand the woman they loved better and the collaborative efforts should further strengthen the bonds between them. The journey through her mother’s past will also help to enhance better communication between the two (Timmer, Urquiza, and SpringerLink, 2014). This will develop sustainable and more practical frameworks and solutions that will help them in defusing future conflicts and misunderstandings.

Section II

Reestablishing the relationship between Lilly and her father will require a lot of dialogue and patience. Lilly must relive the circumstances leading up to her mother’s death. This will allow both her and-and her father the courtesy of closure. This can be hard as young minds tend to block out traumatizing events. This is an innate capability to ensure the continuity of the child by not overwhelming them with emotions. The experience will also be significantly hard to her father as he already blames Lilly for the loss of his beloved. He should be counseled and asked to help in the intervention process otherwise, the chances of its success will be very slim. Since he is the only remaining parent, he is a key figure in the structure of authority in the young girl’s life. The relationship between a child and her parents sets a precedent and yardstick against which the child bases all their subsequent relationships. Once they are in good terms, Lilly will be able to control her impulses to seek validation from others. Her guardian should also be included in the process as the girl has formed a strong connection with her. This trust will help her open up and feel safe. Her boyfriend’s support during this time can also significantly increase the intervention’s rates of success.

Section III

Measuring the progress of the intervention can be a hard task. Enhancing the development of communication channels is the key to solving their impasses. Evaluating and monitoring how the ease of communication between Lilly and her father will provide great insights into the effectiveness of the intervention. They can be asked questions about each other’s day or thoughts and given tasks to learn something new about each other. This will force them to communicate with each other more and will foster goodwill and trust between them. Letting each give their own accounts of the journey into Deborah’s past can also give great insights into the progress of the intervention. Since the journey will require collaboration and communication to understand some aspects of Lilly’s mother’s past, the way each frames their narrative can give a great indication as to their level of cooperation. Rosalyn can also provide a lot of information regarding the relationship between the father and her daughter. Caution should, however, be exercised since she might lean towards supporting Lilly as the two are close. This bias can be checked if she understands the importance of Lilly restoring her relationship with her father.

Specialist health services


The patient needs to first get an immediate threat to help her overcome her mental challenges. Lilly should seek medical attention from Heritage oaks Hospital.








After seeking specialist assistance, Lilly needs assistance from a psychologist to help her overcome her psychosis.




Care plan

This is a program of the entire care plan Lilly will need to go through throughout her treatment and care. Thus, Rosaleen will help her work out the care plan as required and encourage, support and participate in all the process. This helps in ensuring that the patient does not feel lonely in her medication.




Family involvement

Though her mother is not available to cater for her daughter, other family members such as aunties and uncle need be involved in providing moral and financial support.






Moving house

Lilly may be requiring moving to her relative house with Rosaleen to avoid confrontation with her father.


Section IV

Creating an environment where Lilly feels comfortable is crucial to her opening up and ensuring the success of her intervention. The first sessions should be meant to get to know her and especially for her to get to know the facilitator. Her ease of accepting guidance and help will be greater if she develops a liking to the counselor. Allowing her to know more about the personal experiences of the counselor will help the two relate and develop camaraderie.



Timmer, S., Urquiza, A., & SpringerLink (Online service). (2014). Evidence-Based Approaches for the Treatment of Maltreated Children: Considering core components and treatment effectiveness. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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