In the field of case management, planning is used to identify chronological steps that can be taken to improve a client’s current situation. This process, known as “creating a service plan,” establishes short-term objectives that help clients to meet long-term goals. Short-term objectives should be specific, task-oriented actions that clients can accomplish.
Case managers tend to model objectives around the format developed by Abraham Maslow in 1943. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs involves a set of increasingly complex needs building upon each other, signifying that, without first fulfilling basic needs, more sophisticated ones cannot be met. Beginning with the basic needs of food, water, and shelter, case managers allow clients to fulfill the overwhelming needs that may be affecting their current situation. Once these immediate needs are addressed, case managers can then create short-term objectives revolving around safety, belonging, and esteem. As clients meet these objectives, they come closer to reaching and sustaining their established long-term goals. Many long-term goals created for clients correspond with Maslow’s highest level of need: self-actualization. Self-actualization describes a person’s ability to achieve his or her full potential. Case managers should work collaboratively with their clients to fulfill a long-term goal such as this.
In this week’s Assignment, you develop service plans for your three case studies, which you will continue to use for the remainder of the course.
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The Assignment (3 completed client forms)
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