1 Agency Analysis: Adult Protective Services Students' Name Institution Instructor Course Date
2 Introduction The DSS's principal role as a government entity is to assist individuals who are suffering economically and socially. This agency's parent entity is the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The DSS has various sections, including Adult Protective Services (APS). The APS department was created to assist vulnerable persons who have been abused, neglected, or exploited. The Adult Protective Services (APS) team is in charge of protecting vulnerable people from exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation may turn to the APS team for a number of services, including investigations into claims of abuse, emotional and practical support, and legal and medical counsel (Adult protective services, n.d.). The APS team also works to educate the public about elder abuse and teach them how to recognize, report, and prevent it. My role as an APS social worker required me to follow the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. This code emphasizes self-determination and dignity for all persons, equitable treatment for all people, and nondiscrimination in service provision (Watts et al., 2019). My employment required me to always deal with clients professionally and to offer them with all the assistance and information they need. In addition, I was responsible for protecting my clients' privacy and not abusing their faith in me in any manner. Working with the APS team also taught me the need of self-control and reflection. As a social worker, it was critical for me to understand my own personal ideas and biases and ensure that they did not interfere with my job. When working with clients, I had to regulate my reactions and ensure that I was providing them with the appropriate level of care and safety.
3 During my tenure with the APS unit, I always used technology in an ethical and responsible manner. For my position, I had to utilize client information carefully, keep it confidential, and prevent any system breaches. I was also conscious that technology may be used to exploit elders, so I limited my use of it to protecting and advocating for the seniors in my care. Working with the APS unit was both demanding and rewarding for me. I was required to operate professionally at all times, to adhere to a strict code of ethics, and to utilize technology responsibly and ethically. My ability to manage my views and give exceptional service to my clients was directly related to the time and effort I invested in thinking on my own conduct and placing appropriate limitations on my impulses. Brief Overview of Client In the APS unit, I had a client who was 64 years old and African-American. She was at risk of abuse and exploitation at a nursing institution due to her mental and physical disabilities. For a long period, the client had been suffering from acute depression and worry. She, too, had been taken advantage of financially and was now fighting to make ends meet. When dealing with this client, I had to keep diversity and multicultural factors in mind. Client was an African-American woman who faced discrimination and injustice as a result of her skin color (Sebastian & Slaten, 2023). She was unable to care for herself due to her poverty, mental illness, and physical infirmity, making her more susceptible to exploitation. In addition, I gave the client an Eco Map and a Genogram. I was able to determine the living situations, financial stability, and social network that were all having an impact on her life by utilizing the Eco Map. The Genogram assisted me in learning about the client's family history and the relationships between her many cousins.
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