Social Work practice with Veterans Hospice Hispanic Elders: Analytic Interview Paper


The purpose of the paper is to interview a social worker and learn aboutHer experiences in working with Veterans Hospice Hispanic elders. What is the environment of the practice, and the impact on the Hospice Hispanic elder client by the agency and the social worker? When you ask the social worker for the opportunity to interview them, inform them that this is an assignment and will be used to enhance your learning of what it means to practice social work with Hispanic elders.

Interview the social work professional for at least 45 minutes. Treat this as an open

-ended interview; letting the social worker expand upon their experience, method of intervention, theoretical frameworks used with practice, research used for evidence based practice, demographics of the clients being serviced, agency information, attention to cultural competency and the impact of language. Your interview notes will provide the material for the development of the final paper. These notes do not need to be typed, but please submit them with the paper.


You are expected to demonstrate critical thinking skills as you prepare the literature review, interview summary and interview analysis, utilize at least three peer reviewed journals, and apply APA guidelines correctly. Drawing on relevant theories, perspectives and models (e.g. development, ecological systems, transactional, biological, psychological, strengths perspective), the readings, outside references, and class postings’/discussion, write a double

-spaced, properly referenced (minimum of three references), 7

4 page paper (excluding title and reference page) that includes the following content:

1.Place the social worker within her or his context by discussing important information

about the agency, her or his practice, (e.g. client load, programs, culturally

competent practice behaviors, etc.), background, current context, experiences and other collaborative agencies, strengths and gaps in services, etc. Ask the social worker about a memorable case, what was the situation, intervention applied, outcome, what worked, what would they have done different and insight they attained as a result of this case experience.

2.Discuss practice intervention methods, and social workers method(s) engaging,

assessing, intervening and evaluation with Veterans Hispanic elders. Does the agency incorporate certain specific assessment instruments, are they culturally sensitive

instruments, and what do they assess? The purpose of this section is to demonstrate that you have developed a very good sense of how the social worker practices with Hispanic elders.

3.Describe and analyze what you have learned about the social work practice with Hispanic elders. What are the theoretical and practical aspects of working with Hispanic elders? What are the appropriate theories utilized by the social worker and/or what theories did you identify being used as a

result of completing the

interview analysis?

4.Include a brief, summary discussion of the social worker’s and systematic factors

that impact their practice with the clients they service. How does the hospice social worker navigate client and resource challenge(s)?

5.At the end of this more formal analysis, write one or more pages commenting on

your own experience of doing this assignment and describe how your cultural lens

affected your interview and analysis. What did you learn from this interview content

that will enhance your future practice as a social worker with Veterans Hospice Hispanic elderly? Critically reflect on your strengths and how you would improve your interview skills. What worked well and what would you do differently?

6.Remember to integrate interview content in your analysis

Grading Criteria

1.Describe the social worker within her context provide a detailed background (up to 3 points)

2.Describe and analyze the practice intervention methods (up to 3 points)

3.Describe and analyze what you have learned incorporating the theoretical and

practical aspects of working with hospice Hispanic elderly (up to 4 points)

4.Include a brief, summary discussion of the systematic factors and impacts: (up to 3


5.Write a page or more commenting on your own experience of doing this assignment (up to 3 points) Note** Writing that your cultural lens did not affect your observational analysis is not acceptable and will result in 0 points. Think critically about this.

6.Integrate interview content throughout analysis. (up to 3 points)

7.Writer demonstrates critical thinking skills and utilizes at least 3 peer reviewed

resources (up to 3 points)

8.Writing and APA (up to 3 points)