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  • Review Brandon’s case in the Social Work Case Studies interactive media in the Learning Resources. 
  • Reflect on the social worker’s actions and how you would approach the case.


  • Identify how the social worker might have used the ecological model to understand Brandon’s situation based on a person-in-environment perspective. Explain the use of the ecological model in this case on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 
  • Describe strengths that the social worker may have missed in assessing Brandon and his mother. 
  • Explain how the social worker applied social work ethics and values in the case. 
  • Review the challenges that the social worker identifies and explain the impact the abuse could have had on Brandon had his strengths not been identified and addressed.