To understand how social processes/institutions shape family violence and service provider responses to violence in our society (both prevention and intervention). This project requires that you:
As always, please refer to Professor Shellhammer's full assignment guidelines in Cougar Course.
In your interview, find out the following:
The questions above are intended only to provide a general framework for the interview and you must also incorporate your own questions that are designed to get at data that will best round out the information you need from your particular site to do a meaningful and sociological analysis for this assignment. Include questions you’ve designed that will lead to your provider’s views on themes covered in class to date, ie: social problems this site deals with, the impact of poverty on the client population, relationship building with clients, etc. These will be unique to your particular site! Before proceeding with the interview, think carefully about how to capture or collect the data (recorder, pen notes, etc.). Combine this interview data with your personal observations of the site to better understand service provider perspectives. This interview data will help inform your own understanding of the service provider perspective.
Your task is to locate a service provider/program that provides family abuse prevention or intervention services to victims, potential victims, or perpetrators (child, intimate relationship, or elder) at an agency or organization. This location might be a public-supported community clinic, a family support center, a school, an elder care facility, a nursing home, a shelter for abused victims (including animals), homeless shelter, or a court-mandated program. Local sites such as North County Lifeline, Vista Community Clinic, Women’s Resource Center, Casa de Amparo, Health and Human Services (Aging and Independent Services) are potentials along with many others. Private practices (therapists, counselors, etc.) dealing in trauma or violence/abuse intervention may also be appropriate for this project. You are strongly encouraged to move outside your comfort zone and explore something new and different! This makes for a much more interesting analysis of the experience. The program can be working in any aspect of violence prevention or intervention such as health care delivery, education, treatment, or crisis intervention. The information and knowledge you will gain from this project provide an opportunity to advance your academic major and future career aspirations. Ask yourself if there is a particular population you want to know more about, ie: foster youth, elderly, victims of intimate relationship violence, drug abusers, parolees, teens, LGBTQ population or any other populations that may be at risk of abuse.
Finding a program may take time. The goals of this project are to: 1) gain understanding and awareness of local resources and social factors that family violence, services, and options available for both victims and/or perpetrators 2) reflect on the service delivery process from both the service provider and client perspectives 3) integrate course material, theory, and in-class discussion and a review of literature connected with the social dilemma being addressed by the program. Due to the timing of this project and the unpredictability of what may unfold in the near future due to the spread of coronavirus, this is a research project that may be done entirely at home without any direct public interaction, using online and library resources.
Conduct a Scholarly Literature Review:
Drawing on the topic theme/ social issue being addressed by your service provider’s program or agency find at least 3 sociological, scholarly, peer-reviewed sociological journal articles related to the topic that help inform your analysis. (Note: you may not use book chapters or popular media.) One article (for instance) should address the social problem (s) your agency focuses on. You must be able to relate the articles to your program. What is an academic research article? It will begin with an abstract summarizing the article and will have most of the following sections: introduction and literature review, methods, results section, discussion and references.
For full assignment guidelines, please consult Cougar Course.