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Social worker's role in an adult protection agency
Michelle Wheelhouse (author)Tammy Pearson (thesis advisor)Joanna Pierce (committee member)Lisa Bowden (committee member)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Number of pages in document: 73
My graduate practicum was completed at Adult Protection Services, Department of Health and Wellness in the Government of Nova Scotia office located at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Adult Protection Services receives referrals for suspected adult concerns related to an individual that may be living at immediate or significant risk. The risk can be due to self-neglect, unsafe living conditions, or the adult may be experiencing abuse by others that may result in serious harm. Mental and physical incapacity often contribute to the referrals made to Adult Protection. The principal objective of my practicum was to learn about the role of a social worker in delivering Adult Protection Services. In addition, my practicum learning objectives included goals that built my knowledge of community networks and I developed my understanding of how Adult Protection Services worked collaboratively with other organizations from an interagency perspective to resolve Adult Protection concerns.