Chapter 5: Charting Your Client’s Progress
In Keisha’s job as a school social worker in a rural community she frequently works with students whose home lives challenge their abilities to learn. Stephen is one such child. A fourth grader, he is a bright, charming child with above-average test scores, but his grades are poor because he frequently does not do his homework. Stephen lives with his father, who works long hours as a farm laborer to support the family, and younger sister, for whom Stephen carries much of the responsibility. Stephen wants to do better and has even mentioned going to college someday; this is an idea planted and nourished by Stephen’s father, who desperately wants better lives for his children. So both Stephen and his father are motivated to work with Keisha.
In this chapter we will see how graphing can be helpful in Keisha’s work with Stephen as he strives to get his homework done, improve his grades, and preserve his opportunities for a better life.
This chapter demonstrates how to construct graphs for monitoring your clients’ outcomes. Using a case example, we define and discuss the basic elements of graphs so that your graphs are neat, easy to read and interpret, and useful for helping your clients reach their goals. We also describe the Microsoft Word template for constructing graphs.