Laura Adams, a social worker with Family Counseling Services, met with the Roberts couple concerning their inability to resolve conflicts and keep connected with one another. This ongoing struggle became more intense around hunting season, when Roger spent weekends away and Connie felt he was not as available to her as she needed him to be. Subsequent sessions revealed a pattern of difficulty with maintaining a close relationship. Past incidents of hurts from early in the marriage were frequently raised. Laura identified Connie’s faith as a source of support for her, yet Roger did not share this. Laura struggled with the role of faith and finding common ground in her work with this couple.
Intended Case Use
Written for advanced MSW-level courses in practice with individuals and families, the case may also be used for specialized instruction on religion/spirituality in social work practice, practice issues in working with couples, worker struggles with the impact of faith on practice, or more generally for instruction on social work direct practice.
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