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Addressing Clients Needs

Assume that you are a helping professional and you are meeting your new client for the
first time. In the referral, the client identified a major problem in living that they are
experiencing. In preparation for this meeting, you must conduct some basic research
about the problem to understand the client’s current situation. Once you have some
information on the problem, you will be looking for services in your local area that you
can suggest to support the client in resolving their problem in living.
The following are the sections of your paper:
• Introduction:
o What is the problem you are discussing, including the problem’s
background information?
o Who is affected by the selected problem?
o What are the underlying causes of the problem?
o What are the potential impacts of this problem? (Is there a domino
effect? Does this problem prevent the client from meeting their basic
needs? Does this problem impact other aspects of their lives?)
o What types of services or supports are needed to resolve/address the
• Two local service suggestions to help clients:
o Share the information for a specific program or service in your area that
you can suggest to the client. Be sure to include the program name.
o What is the service offered? How does it work? (i.e., is it a home visiting
program, do they offer long-term in-office counseling, do they have an onsight shelter?)
• Identify the barriers a client may face in accessing the services identified.
• Conclusion:
o Restate your thesis and tie all of your findings together.
HSV101 – Introduction to Human Services
Unit 6

o Discuss any shortcomings you found in your area when looking for
o Discuss any specific suggestions or ideas you may have to help clients
experiencing the problem you selected.
• Written work must be at least 4 pages (not including title and APA reference
pages; typed and double spaced with 12 pt. font) and APA style In-text citations.
• College level writing is expected. Review and edit your paper several times
before submitting. Make sure you have an introduction, well developed
paragraphs with transitions, a conclusion, complete sentences, proper
punctuation and that you carefully proofread your paper before submitting it.
• 2 resources plus the textbook are required.
o The majority of the information should be written in your own words
(paraphrased), with citations to show where the material came from.
o Whenever you use material that is not your own, even if you are
summarizing or paraphrasing, you must give credit to the original source.
o When you cannot use your own words, you must use quotation marks.
Save quotes for when there is simply no other way to put the information
into your own words and limit it to a sentence or two.
o All students are encouraged to utilize the Post Writing Center for
assistance with APA style papers.
• Carefully edit and proofread your work before submitting it via the Safe Assign

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