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The Letter – Decision Case



Case Synopsis

While working as a Family Advocate at My Sister’s Place, a Christian domestic violence agency, Carrie Peterson, BSW, received a referral from a County health nurse for a new client named Siu Lee. As a refugee from Vietnam, she had experienced trauma and severe conditions in a refugee camp. Siu sought assistance because of an abusive husband but declined shelter services in group housing because of her experience in a refugee camp. As an alternative, Carrie provided counseling services for Siu and eventually arranged for her to be placed in a transitional housing program. In order for Siu to enter the program, however, the program director, Samantha Carter, acting in compliance with federal requirements required a letter from Carrie certifying that Siu was homeless, even though she was currently living with her husband.

Intended Case Use

Written for a bachelor’s level capstone or integrative seminar, the case may also be useful for practice courses that focus on micro or macro practice. It may also be useful for specialized instruction on concepts related to social systems and working with survivors of domestic violence. This case may also be relevant for foundation level MSW courses on these topics

Author/Speaker: Mackenzi Huyser and Maggie Wiles

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