Discuss the complexity of working with clients who are also pregnant. How would a pregnancy change your approach to treatment? What issues might come up for you as a counselor? How might you talk about these risks with your client? How would you respond if your client continued to heavily drink or use substances while pregnant?
While working with a client who is pregnant, they may not have their unborn child’s best interest. The client may still have an addiction and still want to use their substance of choice. Also the parent may not understand the effects their substance abuse will have on their child. While working with a pregnant client, I think my approach would change because I may become more upfront because I would want my client to have a sense of urgency and to truly understand and change their behavior to save their child. An issue that may present itself is, that is that I would have to work in the best interest of the child and the mother. Another issue, is that I am not too familiar with the pregnancy process and the biological aspect of it. I would discuss the risks with my client by using various educational tools such as pamphlets, books, articles, and videos. I would also look for local peer support groups to help my client as well. I would talk to my client in sensitive but urgent fashion. If my client continued to drink heavily or use substances I would try to incorporate a multidisciplinary team consisting of a physician, social worker, and a nurse. Also, I would try to see if there are any legal action that can be taken in order to protect the child.
•What does it mean to you to advocate for clients and challenge bias? How do you feel about taking on that role? Is that a role you expected to take on as a counselor? Are there some groups for whom it would be harder or easier for you to advocate for? Does that reflect on your own beliefs and values? How so?
To be an advocate means to stand up for clients and populations that are being stigmatized and discriminated against. I think it is important to show our clients we are willing to help in any way that we can. By being an advocate we are not only helping our clients but other individuals dealing with the same presenting problem. Also we will be able to bring awareness to the presenting issue. I believe being a counselor is an expected role to take on as a counselor because we should not just sit back and allow our clients to suffer to the various problems that plague them.
I believe that it would be hard for me to be an advocate for people who have abused or neglected children in any way because I believe that everyone deserves a chance to live a full, healthy, and productive lives. Children are innocent, helpless, and have no way to defend themselves. I have a 2 year-old nephew and a 9 month-old niece. I could never think about hurting them in any way. I do not know how I would react if someone hurt them.
•Using the Blog References, find and specifically report on at minimum of four websites that you could use for information regarding gender and/or LGBT issues in addictions counseling. Give a minimum of one paragraph of explanation for each site listed.
The pride institute provides information about the symptoms of gays and lesbians, who are alcoholics. This website provides statistics about the LBGT community and alcoholism. Another aspect of this website is, it provides different ways alcoholism can be addressed. This website also provides the same information for a variety of other substances such as, crystal meth, opioids, and cocaine.
SAMSHA has a publication titled, “ A Provider’s introduction to substance abuse treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.” This resource provides information about the various aspects of working with individuals in the LGBT community. Some of the information it provides are the cultural, legal, and clinical issues while working with the LGBT community. Also, this resource provides policies, procedures, education, and training to work with this population.
The recovery website discusses the best recovery centers for the LGBT community. This resource provides statistics about addiction and the LGBT community. Also, this website provides information about the prevalence of addiction in the LGBT community. The recovery.org resource is guide to find the best recovery centers in the country. This resource provides information on the different types of LGBT recovery programs.
The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling, helps to bring awareness to counselors, advocacy for clients, and equality for all. This organization wants to help counselors to improve how they provide their services to the LGBT community. Also, this organization provides a journal to help promote the problems and solutions to working with the LGBT community.