Person in Environment

Week 1

Please be aware that this assignment has a 7 point value. This is the most valued weekly assignment regarding points. The reason that we start off with the highest available points in a weekly assignment is because this assignment content captures and infiltrates core approaches throughout this entire class. If you are not aware of, or do not understand the meaning of a biopsychosocial approach then you will miss the initial level of understanding human behavior.

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Read Chapter 1, (Zastrow, Kirst-Ashman and Hessenauer,) and review the following when addressing this assignment:

Review “Person in Environment”, page 23, chapter 1.

*Did you know that:

“Social work’s person-in-environment framework has historically recognized both person and environment as a complex and multidimensional, that is, as having several identifiable dimensions. A dimension refers to a feature that can be focused on separately but that cannot be understood without also considering other features” (Pg. 6, Hutchison, Elizabeth, 2017, Essentials of Understanding Human Behavior).

PLEASE review the “Biopsychosocial Approach”, pages 7-9, chapter 1.

*Did you know that …

“The biopsychosocial model of health and illness is a framework developed by George L. Engel that states that interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors determine the cause, manifestation, and outcome of wellness and disease. Historically, popular theories (Links to an external site.)like the nature versus nurture debate posited that any one of these factors was sufficient to change the course of development. The biopsychosocial model argues that any one factor is not sufficient; it is the interplay between people’s genetic makeup (biology), mental health and behavior (psychology), and social and cultural context that determine the course of their health-related outcome.”

https://www.boundless.com/psychology/textbooks/boundless-psychology-textbook/stress-and-health-psychology-17/introduction-to-health-psychology-85/the-biopsychosocial-model-of-health-and-illness-326-12861/images/biopsychosocial-model-of-health-and-illness/ (Links to an external site.)

Let’s break down the biopsychosocial approach…

Bio-psycho-social Approach….

“Human Behavior is the result of interactions of integrated biological, psychological and social systems.

Psychology is inseparable from Biology because emotions and cognitions affect the health of the body.

Social environments have an impact on brain structure and functions, and environments actually turn genes on and off!

Environments influence biology, but the same event acts on diverse genetic material”.

(Hutchison, pg. 9)

And are you aware that…

Spiritual connection’s regarding the impact of an event, as well as the recovery of an event are now being explored. “Developments in Neuroscience have generated new explorations of the unity of the biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the person. For example, recent research has focused on the ways that emotions and thoughts, as well as spiritual states, influence the immune system and some aspects of mental health” (Hutchison, Pg. 9).

Also, please review the section regarding “Ethical dilemmas”, Chapter 1,

page’s 19 – 25.

 

Are you aware that:

“Another important dimension necessary for understanding human behavior and social work practice involves critical thinking about ethical issues. Values and ethics serve as a major foundation of the social work knowledge base. Values are perceptions and opinions held by individuals, professions, and cultures about “what is good and desirable”. Ethics are principles based on values that guide behavior and determine what is right and correct. Values are concerned with ideas, while ethics have to do with the appropriate behavior based on those ideas. Throughout a social work career, professionals must face and address ethical dilemmas, situations in which ethical principles conflict and all solutions are imperfect” (page 19).

 

Assignment Directions:

Read the article titled:

Life and Death Tug of War: “The Whole Terri Schiavo Story”.

15 – year saga of brain-injured woman no clear-cut, right to die.

www.wnd.com/2005/03/29516/ (Links to an external site.)

Keep in mind the following definitions:

*BI –Brain Injury

*ABI – Acquired Brain Injury

*TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

*PVS – Persistent Vegetative State

*CNS -Central Nervous System

*PNS – Peripheral Nervous System

*ANS – Autonomic Nervous System

You need to know that…

You are to provide clarity and depth in your response to this assignment, and you are to critically think about and respect both opinions/sides in this article. Be aware that respect does not necessarily mean agree!

Lack of effort will result in point deductions.

After reading the “Whole Terri Schiavo Story”, you will address the following assignment.

Remember, biological, psychological and social systems all make up the biopsychosocial perspective.

  1. Defend the parent’s, Bob and Mary Schindler’s, view regarding Terri’s life after brain injury, from a biopsychosocial perspective. This means you will defend their position regarding their daughter’s right to life from this multidimensional approach. (3 points)

a). From a biological point of view, what supports their plea to keep her alive?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

b). From a psychological point of view, what supports their plea to keep her alive?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

c). From a social point of view, what supports their plea to keep her alive?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

  1. Defend the husband’s point of view regarding Terri’s life after brain injury, from a biopsychosocial perspective. This means you defend her right to die from this multidimensional approach. (3 points).

a). From a biological point of view, what supports his plea to allow her to die?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

b). From a psychological point of view, what supports his plea to allow her to die?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

c). From a social point of view, what supports his plea to allow her to die?

Provide article example to support your response. (1 point)

  1. What is your own perspective regarding this case? Did you agree with a side?(1 pt.)

Please understand that this assignment requires you to use critical thinking skills. Please know that if you were the mediator, case worker, or social worker for either side, it would be necessary for you to grasp the weight of each perspective and leave your personal opinions out of this situation. Your goal is to provide the client with the unbiased services that they deserve. You most likely will be faced with ethical dilemmas in your career, and it is wise to know your own personal point of view about a situation in order to not allow your personal point of view to influence the case. If you are unable to serve clients without being biased, then you are to refer your client to a case worker that can serve them fairly. It is not wrong to realize that you are biased, it is however wrong to serve a client with biased opinions, this is unfair representation.

Please realize that this assignment is worth 7 points. This assignment is asking that you demonstrate the biopsychosocial approach in detail when addressing this case. Your understanding of the biopsychosocial approach is extremely important because this approach is applied in the field of social work and human services.

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