Fourfold dilemma- Primigravida, domestic violence, substance abuse and refusing assistance

  1. Currently providing care for a "broken" client with Fourfold dilemma- Primigravida, domestic violence, substance abuse and refusing assistance. Please...... Any Suggestions
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  3. by   pro-student
    Spend a little time figuring out what she wants and working from there. She is likely to be resistant to any plan you (or anyone else) tries to impose on here. Investing in building some rapport and guiding her to make a plan. For instance, if she wants to continue the pregnancy and hopes to raise a healthy child, gentle ask questions to get her to consider what changes she needs to make to give her the best chance of success.

    I'm a big fan of motivational interviewing because we can't change people but, if we can tap into what motivates them, we can help them make changes themselves. Remember the RULE of motivation:

    Resist the "righting" reflex or the instinct to fix her.
    Understand what motivates her because this is the only way you're going to have any chance of reaching her.
    Listen with empathy using all those therapeutic communication skills we (should have) learned.
    Empower her to make the changes she can and support her every step (even if that means a few steps backward).
  4. by   Subby317
    Pro-student
    Thanks for your suggestion. Loving the "Motivational interviewing" tactic. Thanks much!!!
  5. by   FolksBtrippin
    What are you referring to when you say she is broken?


    And what kind of assistance is she refusing?
  6. by   Jules A
    In psych we say you can't want it more than the patient. Continue to provide support and offer options, especially a therapist, but ultimately it is on them.
  7. by   offlabel
    Only one dilemma there...she's refusing help. Be available to her with your resources and guidance and go about your business.
  8. by   Subby317
    What are you referring to when you say she is broken?


    And what kind of assistance is she refusing?[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for your response. By "broken" I mean " despondent" She is refusing prenatal although she voiced she wants the pregnancy, refusing housing assistance, although the child's father is "beating" her and she is refusing help for her substance use. Supportive care - when she wants - is being provided.
  9. by   Subby317
    In psych we say you can't want it more than the patient. Continue to provide support and offer options, especially a therapist, but ultimately it is on them.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for your response. Supportive care is being provided as well as other available options. You are on point - we can not want it more than the patient. We just need to wait until she is ready.

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