Between 300-500 Words
Sarah Harris, your supervisor at the pretrial diversion program where
you are interning, obtains a case that she asks you to work on
independently. The case involves Cindy Bichman, a mentally ill, homeless
38-year-old woman who has not showered in many weeks. She is hungry
because she has not eaten in several days. Her mental illness is not
under control because she is not taking any medication nor is she under
the treatment of a psychiatrist because she does not know where to go,
and she has no means of financial support. Therefore, her behavior is
considered bizarre by those who do not know or understand her plight.
She spends her days roaming downtown panhandling. She has a history of
obtaining food at homeless shelters as well as sleeping in these
shelters when the weather necessitates it. On one particular day, she
steals some bread from a local convenient store. The clerk contacts the
police, and Ms. Bichman is arrested and taken to county jail. She is
eventually released to the pretrial diversion program and assigned to
Ms. Harris, who in turn, gives the case to you.
Ms. Harris tells you that she believes the helping professions of psychiatry and social work need to be involved with Ms. Bichman. She asks you to do the following:
- Identify the core values of the psychiatry profession that would be important in this case, and explain why.
- Identify the core values of the social work profession that would be important in this case, and explain why.
- Use 2 core values from each discipline stated.