Assignment Description Based on what you have learned about available community resources in Wayne County, New York, and based on your work with Mr. Potts, prepare a report to Supervisor Rexford that identifies the community resources (these can be any combination of treatment, prevention, education, and so on) that you believe would be an appropriate referral for Mr. Potts and his family. For each community resource that you identify, address the following: 1. Specify one resource that you recommend for each family member. 2. What is your goal for each of the Potts family members in terms of referring them to these resources? 3. What impact do you foresee as each family member recovers as a result of these resources? 4. You should also address whether you believe this community lacks any resources for the Potts family to which you would have made a referral if it existed in this county. **INSTRUCTOR NOTE** You will need to recommend at least one treatment approach for the Potts family and explain what you would hope this treatment to accomplish for those individuals. Grading Criteria Provided the recommended resources for each of the Potts family members. 25 Described the goal for recommending these particular resources to each of the Potts family members. 25 Predicted the impact to each Potts family member as a result of engaging in these resources. 30 Provided an example of any resources not identified in Wayne County, NY that could better serve the Potts family. 35 Professional Language: Assignment contains accurate grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation with few or no errors. (APA formatting is required or style specified in assignment) 10 Total 125 **POTTS FAMILY HISTORY** As a new probation officer, you are meeting with a new client, Mr. Anthony Potts, who has been convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense and was sentenced to 3 years of probation. Mr. Potts has been married to Anna Potts for 18 years, and they have two children: Sarah, age 13, and Cindy, age 11.
Mr. Potts owns a chain of retail stores, works long hours during the week and on the weekends, and has not been an involved father because he spends most of his time working. His pattern has been to go out to various restaurants and bars with his partners after the stores close at 9:30 p.m. and drink alcohol until closing. He has then typically driven home under the influence of alcohol. You meet with Mrs. Potts, who is very guarded in her discussions with you about her husband’s drinking history. What you can learn from Mrs. Potts includes police involvement a few times during the marriage due to the drinking, long nights where Mr. Potts kept the family awake in his drunken rages, and very poor communication between Mrs. Potts and Mr. Potts. You have learned that Mr. Potts does not drink alcohol in the mornings. He does not binge drink, and he does not drink on Tuesdays. He does, however, drink the other 6 days of the week. Mrs. Potts explains his pattern of drinking Monday through Friday with his partners, but he does not drink at home on those days. She also informs you that he does drink on Saturdays at home, often starting in the afternoon and passing out by dinnertime. He has a history of being loud, frightening, and angry when under the influence of alcohol. You also learn that Mr. Potts’s father was a winemaker from Italy. This is your first alcohol-related case, so you discuss this with your supervisor at your weekly supervision session and explain that the court has asked for a report from your office to determine whether treatment should be a condition of Mr. Potts’s probation. ———————————————————————
Since your last meeting with Mr. Potts, you have learned that because he is home so infrequently, he does not spend much quality time sober with his children. He recently missed their dance recital and their dance competitions. The girls excel at dance and have won numerous awards, none of which Mr. Potts has been around for. Mr. Potts has never missed work because of drinking, although you have learned that he sleeps only 4–5 hours per night and is typically hung over the next day after being out drinking the night before. He has very little patience, chain smokes, and has many regrets in his life (although drinking is not yet one of them). When asked about his children, he appears to know very little about them. He is unable to tell you who each child’s best friend is, what each child’s favorite color is, what television shows they like to watch, what music interests them, or what foods they like to eat. He cannot recall ever doing any activity with either of them, whether individually or together. He is not sure of their schedule, and he has never been to a school parent–teacher conference or any doctor or dentist appointments. However, he is very vocal in his expectation that his children excel in school and get all As. He did disclose that he reviews their report cards to be sure that they are getting all As. Mr. and Mrs. Potts travel frequently as a couple with different retail groups, and these trips are paid for by the manufacturers of the furniture that Mr. Potts carries in his stores. The children do not come on these trips. There are about two per year, each lasting for 1 week. When asked about these trips during an interview, Mrs. Potts’s face elongates, and she looks down. She is very guarded in her responses to you as the probation officer. You learn that these trips are a source of great stress for Mrs. Potts because all decisions are left up to her. She decides and plans for the childcare for the children when they travel, she does the packing, and she even has to pick out all of Mr. Potts’s clothing. During these trips, Mr. Potts is intoxicated most of the time except the mornings, and Mrs. Potts is left to deal with his intoxication, embarrassing behavior, and other antics. Mr. Potts has a heart condition and has suffered from three heart attacks in the past 6 years. In addition, he had triple bypass surgery 18 months ago.
He takes numerous medications for his heart condition. The doctors have clearly articulated to him that they believe that his years of heavy drinking have impacted the functioning of his heart. They have advised him explicitly that Mr. Potts must stop drinking if he wants to live. Despite this medical advice and his failing heart, he continues to drink and smoke excessively. His wife and children have spent numerous days and nights at the hospital while he recovered from his surgery and heart attacks. Sarah, the 13-year-old daughter, dotes on her father whenever she has the opportunity. She sympathizes with him, gets him beers out of the refrigerator when he is home drinking, and is always trying to take the stress away from the family caused by Mr. Potts’s drinking. Cindy, the 11-year-old daughter, is an angry child. She lashes out verbally and behaviorally at both her parents. Her parents do not know it, but she has recently began self-mutilating behaviors in the form of cutting her forearms, writing the words help me with a knife.