Analysis Of Kinship Foster Mother On The Ecological Model

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As helping professionals, social workers are constantly faced challenging cases and resistant clients. Historically, resistance was defined as a state of unconsciousness; however, this perception has changed and the term has been redefined as a disagreement between the forces of the personality such as the id, ego, and superego (Teitelbaum, 1991). The shift towards personality is referred as Ego Psychology introduced by Freud in 1923 (Goldstein, 1995). The ego enforces the reality-principle and helps individuals adapt to the external world (Goldstein, 1995). The ego mediates between the id and the superego, and it causes the delays in pleasure, drives, and impulses of the id until the situation (reality) changes or is a socially acceptable. As noted by Fraud (1923), “the ego is an organization or substructure if the mental apparatus defined by its functions in The Ego and the Id” (Goldstein, 1995, p. 53). In addition, these functions are adopted by resistant clients as a defense mechanisms to protect themselves from anxiety or fear-inducing situations (Goldstein, 1995, p. 65). (I need to connect this with the client I am assessing). In this paper, I will assess a current Kinship foster mother on my caseload. Using the Ecological Model, I will examine how psychological, social, and cultural factors contributed to my client being resistant, and I will analyze why my client was resistant to complete the certification process through the lenses of Ego Functions and Ego

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