Review the article, “The Role of Social Network and Support in Mental Health Service Use: Findings From the Baltimore ECA Study.”

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Readings
Article: Dickerson, F. B. (1998). Strategies that foster empowerment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 5(2), 255–275.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the ScienceDirect Health Sciences Subject Collection database.

Article: Jonikas, J. A., Kiosk, S., Grey, D. D., Hamilton, M. M., McNulty, J., & Cook, J. A. (2010). Cultural competency in peer-run programs: Results of a web survey and implications for future practice. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(2), 121–129.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.

Article: Lefley, H. P. (2009). A psychoeducational support group for serious mental illness. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 34(4), 369–381.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the SocINDEX with Full Text database.

Article: Maulik, P. K., Eaton, W. W., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2009). The role of social network and support in mental health service use: Findings from the Baltimore ECA study. Psychiatric Services, 60(9), 1222–1229.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the SocINDEX with Full Text database.

Article: Perron, B. (2002). Online support for caregivers of people with a mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 26(1), 70–77.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Academic Search Complete database.

Article: Schutt, R. K., & Rogers, E. S. (2009). Empowerment and peer support: Structure and a process of self-help in a consumer-run center for individuals with mental illness. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(6), 697–710.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the SocINDEX with Full Text database.

Each week of this course highlights the importance of involving clients in their own case management processes. The above quote by Carl Rogers further explains just why client involvement is so crucial. As clients work to assess personal needs and wants, they can also help to identify the ways in which their communities fail to provide them with necessary opportunities for growth. Once these types of resource “gaps” are identified, case managers can begin to advocate for new opportunities. Case managers can enlist knowledgeable and well-connected people within the community to create opportunities for clients in need. Imagine, for example, that a client is new to using food stamps. A case manager might choose to contact a local grocery store to set up times before or after store hours to educate the client on how to find the best deals and to help the client feel comfortable with using food stamps to pay for purchases. Slowly building client confidence and relationships with grocery store employees will help to further empower the client during shopping trips.

Resources that are created change according to the specific needs and wants of each client. This week, you assess the resource gaps that might be present in your community.
You also propose additional resources needed to address your virtual clients’ needs.

To Prepare for this Assignment:

Review the article, “The Role of Social Network and Support in Mental Health Service Use: Findings From the Baltimore ECA Study.” Consider the implications of social support networks for individuals’ use of mental and medical health services.

Review the article, “Online Support for Caregivers of People With a Mental Illness.” Focus on the finding about effects of participation in the self-help group.

Review the research you conducted during Week 4, in which you located resources and agencies in your community to find assistance for your clients.
Review the media titled Creating Resources.
Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your community’s offerings for your clients.

Think about how you might assist your clients by creating or empowering them to create resources to benefit themselves and others who might encounter similar challenges.

**********The Assignment (1–2 pages)

Describe three resources that are missing or inadequate in your community to meet your virtual clients’ needs.

Propose three types of resources to address your virtual clients’ needs.

****Please use required resources and please reference the clients when possible.

Thank you for all of your knowledge and hard work.
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