Essay Help-Working With Immigrants and Refugees

Essay Help-Working With Immigrants and Refugees

Post  a description of the scale you might use to evaluate treatment for the  client in the case study you selected and explain why you selected that  scale.

Be sure to reference the case study you selected in your post.

Explain the validity and reliability of that scale.

Working With Immigrants and Refugees: The Case of Abdel

Abdel  is a 40-year-old male, who was resettled as refugee in a major city on  the East Coast. Abdel has a bachelor’s degree in theology from his home  country and is fluent in English and four other languages. He fled his  home country after being imprisoned and tortured for his political  activism against an oppressive governmental regime. Prior to his  resettlement, he spent 12 years living in a refugee camp in an African  nation. Abdel was defined as a refugee by a United Nations affiliate  within 6 months of arriving in the camp. He then waited 10 years before  receiving word that he would be resettled to the United States and  another 1½ years before arrangements were finalized.

Abdel was  unable to contact his wife before escaping prison and fleeing his  country; he has not been able to contact her in over 12 years, and her  current whereabouts are unknown. He has heard that she remarried and had  children after presuming him to be one of the missing dead. Abdel  struggles between wanting to find his wife and wanting her to have a  happy life uncomplicated by his survival. His mother and father passed  away while he was in the camp, and he has no other family. Abdel made  many friends while living in the refugee camp, and the relative of one  friend now rents him a room in the United States. His housing is in the  suburbs and a half-day journey from the resettlement agency that  provides him the majority of his services.

As Abdel developed  confidence in his ability to manage challenging situations, he began to  participate in more independent activities. He found a church with  services in his native language and began developing friendships within  the congregation. Abdel was able to transition from using the agency as  his primary support system to having community-based supports. I  continued to aid Abdel in navigating the public benefits system and  applying for jobs, and his church community helped him with finding  housing and applying for scholarships. By the time his 8 months of  refugee cash assistance ended, Abdel was employed at a retail store and  was able to afford shared housing. At a service plan review 11 months  after initially seeking assistance, Abdel determined that he had  achieved most of the service plan goals and could achieve the remaining  goals without additional program support.

One month after  arriving in the United States, Abdel saw a pamphlet regarding special  services available for refugee survivors of war trauma in his  resettlement case manager’s office and asked for more information. After  learning that the war trauma program provided medical, psychological,  and legal assistance, he sent an email with details of his trauma  history to the program coordinator asking to participate in the program.  Abdel reported that during his 6 years of imprisonment, he had been  repeatedly beaten, deprived of food and water, and denied treatment for  injuries and illnesses resulting from the assaults and unhygienic living  conditions. Abdel experiences chronic back pain and has  significant dental damage as a result of his torture history. He  expressed concerns about his difficulty finding employment and worries  about how he will pay for rent and basic needs when his 8 months of  refugee cash and medical welfare benefits end. He requested assistance  finding employment training programs, accessing information regarding  college scholarships to further his education, and securing social  supports to help him feel more connected to his new community.

Abdel  appeared very discouraged when he began the program. I asked him to  identify what he would like his life to look like in 10 years, and Abdel  said his dream was to complete a second degree in theology, resume a  role as a religious leader in his new community, have stable income  through gainful employment, and live in safe and independent housing.  Abdel viewed his anger as negatively affecting his life and thought his  goals would be hindered if he did not learn to regulate his emotions. We  worked together to identify his triggers, which appeared to stem from  fears regarding money and feeling a loss of control over the direction  of his life. Using the strengths-based approach, I encouraged Abdel to  recognize his resilience and identify qualities he possessed that could  be turned into coping skills to use when he began to feel angry,  overwhelmed, or fearful.