The Case Study is the meat and potatoes of Social Work communication. It is used to begin a therapeutic relationship, as a research narrative and is the basis for many forms of case management.
For this assignment, we were allowed to pick from an assortment of characters found in television series and recent movies–and use some aspect of their story to create a need for social work intervention. We were then to write a case study including ecomap, genogram and treatment plan for this fictional client. The instructor pre-approved each source for inspiration so that she would be familiar enough with the story line to make a fair judgement of our work.
Parenthood is one of my very favorite series and it has no shortage of social intervention worthy story lines. I used a portion of the story from the second to last season since the final season had not fully aired at the time the project was due.