The Practitioner Prognosis for Popular Personalities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5285″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Yes, we worked hard on the alliteration of that title. Let us enjoy the little things.” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:20|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Social workers work with people from all walks of life; it’s part of the beauty of our profession. No two days will ever really be the same, and the individuals we support will each have their own stories and journeys through life. Our job is to find the heart of the story. The core change needed, or the problem that needs identifying. So we thought we’d take these finely honed skills and apply them to another group of greatly varying people: famous characters from films and tv. Yes, this is just a bit of fun. Yes, we wanted to combine our office discussions about our latest binges or film obsessions with actual work. But in reality, it can sometimes be good to look at life in a new way. As Robin Williams told his students in the iconic Dead Poets’ Society, “we must constantly look at things in a different way”. (Before you all panic, don’t worry, we’re not analysing the beloved Mr Keats and his penchant for seizing the day in this article). By re-examining the world, we allow ourselves to clarify things we may not have understood before or form new connections. Therefore, by looking at characters we know and love with a practitioner’s eye, we might understand different social work situations which we encounter in a new way. Or it could just make us chuckle for five minutes at work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Captain Jack Sparrow” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Our favourite pirate has a range of questionable moral choices in his playbook, that’s for sure. He betrays easily, but at the same time, will also go to the ends of the earth to protect those he cares about. There’s an intense psychological conflict occurring internally for good old Jack, as he battles contrasting ambitions, desire for power and the need to escape responsibilities. We’re sure a social worker would have a field day trying to get a straight answer out of Captain Sparrow, but once they did, they’d be able to understand the mental health issues at play, as a result of a rocky childhood and consistent involvement in criminal activities. His delusions of grandeur and substance abuse create a deadly combination of recklessness and impulsiveness. Both of which a counsellor would be able to help him work through we’re sure![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_single_image image=”5280″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”4646″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Harvey Specter” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We’re sort of cheating here, as fans of the show will know Harvey has seen a counsellor during the course of Suits; so, there’s already a level of mental health diagnosis at play. However, a practitioner would look at him and wonder why there was no real intervention when he was a child. Harvey had a less than orthodox upbringing, which has evidently shaped him into who he is today, but where was the protection before the trauma had a chance to fester? There are many questions to be asked about what led to his ego, vanity and destructive approach to relationships.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5281″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Homer Simpson” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Raging alcoholic.

Verbally and physically abusive to those around him.

A bad influence for his children and puts them in danger regularly.

We can’t be the only one who wonders how he’s still left to care for a dog and cat, let alone 3 children?![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”5282″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”You might also like:” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:20|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][vc_btn title=”5 Best Cars for Social Workers” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_btn title=”Reality, but not as we know it.” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_btn title=”May the Force be with you(r Practice)” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_btn title=”Building a Social Worker with The Avengers” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”The Main Characters of Pretty Little Liars” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]These characters repeatedly break the law, do horrible things to each other and those around them; and yet, rarely show lasting remorse. Everything they do seems to be the “right” choice, even if it’s against the law or will result in someone getting hurt. This shows that something has warped their sense of justice and right or wrong; a serious case of PTSD which has not been processed. Moreover, the entire premise for this show is that they are being bullied, cyber stalked, abused and worse by an anonymous figure; but they rarely confide in anyone of this horrific treatment. Why do they not share their troubles with their parents? Why is there not a more effective support system in place in this town? There are so many questions, that if they’d just been asked, could have saved these teenagers so much trauma, and also meant they’d broken a few less laws.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5283″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Kevin’s Entire Family from Home Alone” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:26|text_align:center|color:%23ef7e21″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]It takes them several hours before they realise one of their children is missing. They manage to get on a plane before the penny drops that they’d left a young child home alone, and over Christmas! If that isn’t neglect then we don’t know what is! Sure, they have a large family, but come on. A young boy was forgotten about. Practitioners would have to take a very close look at the level of care poor Macaulay Culkin is receiving in that house. Side note, we also buy into the theory that the parents must be involved in something shady in order to afford such an extravagant house and holiday. It’s just too unbelievable to be legal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”5284″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Do you know of any famous characters who in real life social workers would be called in to help out? Or maybe one who you know a practitioner would face quite a challenge with? 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