ECOMAP Assignment

Critical Thinking Assignment #2
ECOMAP Assignment
20 points

Instructions: Read the case scenario below and address the situation. Your entry will be evaluated for clarity, integration of information from the text and scholarly literature, and for evidence of proofreading.

Case Scenario

Luis, 41, and Maria, 40 have immigrated to the US from Paraguay with their seven children and Luis’ parents. Luis and Maria have started a new business. Luis’ father has died, leaving a grieving elderly mother. Maria, who thought she was experiencing menopause, is actually pregnant and Luis has just found out that he has a progressive, debilitating disease.

You are a caseworker and you have just received a file with this family’s name on it. This family has needs collectively, as well as individually.

After reading the file, you must start preparing to meet with this family. You need to start thinking about needs the minute you get this folder. Let’s start there. Do they speak English? What should you do in case they do not? This should cue you to future needs as well. Think about the children for a minute. Who may need to know that the children will be enrolling in the school system (school counselor)? Who may need to realize the history of this family and that these children will have needs? (They have moved to a new country.) I wonder what services we could find to help keep the kids busy and interacting outside the home. What about grief? This entire family has gone through many changes. What do you think may be beneficial regarding these changes?

Maria is 40. Does being 40 and pregnant raise any red flags for you? She is caring for a grieving family, 7 children and her ill husband. I am wondering if any churches or any local volunteer services could help her. I wonder what type of prenatal care she is receiving or if she realizes the importance of prenatal care. I wonder if she has insurance or if she will need to go to a clinic for care. What about Luis? The same attention needs to be placed on providing care for him as well.
This family is experiencing overwhelming changes. Sometimes when working with clients if they have a visual aid, such as an Ecomap, they can relate to the magnitude of change and they can relate to interventions better as well.

An Ecomap is really for you to use as a tool to help explain to clients what their relationships are to things (you will place these “things” in outlying circles), and then you will use the key to display the relationship between the two.

Example: Maria is a circle within the big circle, and her pregnancy should also have an outlying circle. She should have a thick line going between the circles to display a strong relationship, as well as a dashed line to display stress. Of course, Luis, who is represented as a square in the large middle circle, will have the same lines representing the relationship of a strong connection and stress, because this is his child too!

PART B

Write Part B of this assignment with the intention of explaining your Ecomap to the client. This means you will need to address everything on your Ecomap with clarity and simplicity. Do not assume that the client knows anything.

Number each circle and address each number in paragraph form in Part B. This means every circle must be numbered and have a topic, and every topic must have its own paragraph. You must have at least 10 topics, which means you will have at least 10 paragraphs.

If I were writing this assignment, I would start with Luis and address his needs, as well as my intentions as his caseworker. I would construct a list of needs and responsibilities, and I would address everything on my list. I would move to Maria in this same manner, then the children, and then the Grandmother. Address everyone please. Their care is placed in your hands.

Key

Do not forget the “key” on your ecomap. Without the key, I will not know how to translate “relationship lines” in your diagram. You are to explain the relationship of the lines that extend to the outlying circles from the person in your inner circle. Ex: If you draw a stress line,
(—————-), explain why you feel that there is a stressful connection. Explain the stressors. You may also draw a thick line (______________), to display a strong relationship to a line that already has another identifying line as well.

You may construct your own “key”.
Triangles are often used to represent children.
Circles are often used to represent females.
Squares are often used to represent males.
An “X” on a representation indicates death.

Case Scenario

Luis, 41, and Maria, 40 have immigrated to the US from Paraguay with their seven children and parents. Luis and Maria have started a new business. Luis’ father has died, leaving a grieving elderly mother. Maria, who thought she was experiencing menopause, is actually pregnant and Luis has just found out that he has a progressive, debilitating disease.

a. Draw an ecomap using the provided information. Ecomaps are discussed in Chapter 7, pages 200 and 201. A word template for an ecomap is attached, or you may provide your own.

b. Discuss each outlying circle in depth in paragraph form. You are to address each concern in this section, as well as possible resources regarding assistance for each concern that you place in an outlying circle. You must clarify the potential problem and how the resource can benefit the person(s).

Here is an example that you may use: I would write in one outlying circle: ESL (English as a Second Language).
I would explain in paragraph from that I would assess if the family speaks English, and if they do not I would have more than one resource for them to select classes/instruction from. I would have a line from my outlying ESL circle to the family members. I would certainly try to locate free English classes as resources as well. (Explore what resources are available in your community and share the contact information.) I would also explain how not speaking English is a concern because it could create unnecessary barriers or boundaries for this family.
ECOMAP EXAMPLE

The ecomap in the textbook on page 201, is NOT how I want your ecomap to present.
Your ecomap will need to resemble this ecomap!

I do not want your relationship lines to stop at the larger circle that encompasses all, as illustrated in the text book. You may use the template below, or create your own template.

10 Topics = 10 CIRCLES (at least), must have a topic. .50 x 10 = 5 points

Relationship Key addressing each = .50 x 10 = 5 points

10 Paragraphs of explanation = .50 x 10 = 5 points

10 Resources (At least one per topic) .50 x 10 = 5 points