Kim, the intake social worker, was meeting with a new client who had been referred by the court’s diversion program for first offenders convicted of illegal drug possession. Leon was 19, and said it was all a big mistake, he didn’t use drugs, didn’t need a three-month drug treatment program, and this was going to be a big waste of everyone’s time. Kim responded by:
A. Assuring him that he would learn more here than he imagined.
B. Asking a series of specific questions to develop a picture of his bio/psycho/social functioning.
C. Describing the potential legal consequences of his reluctance to participate. *
D. Describing his frustration and wish to make this all go away, while having to accept that this is a result of his recent decisions and actions.
The correct answer is "C". When a client is court-ordered for treatment, the legal issues and potential ramifications for non-compliance must be addressed as a priority.