Responding to Legal Issues in Mental Health
Erica Bryant Owens
Case Scenario: An 18 year old female named Simone is a new mother who does not know who the father of her child is. She is a high school dropout and receives government assistance. She has received a grant by her social worker to attend counseling for awhile. She has no family to depend on due to her parents being alcoholics and suffering from mental illness. Simone was labeled in school as having learning disabilities and a low I.Q. She is anxious and admits to smoking and selling marijuana only when the child is asleep. She is resistant when offered other ways to relax and she says that her drug use is only temporary at 3 times per week so far. …show more content…
Step six: Consider possible actions.- As a counselor I have to contact child protective services. I also have to act on her behalf and offer all the help this state can give her as my client. She should also be referred to a psychiatrist for further evaluation to make sure she is competent to take care of her child. Classes for parenting are an option to help her cope.