Susan, age 22, was seeing the social worker at the college counseling center complaining of sleep problems and increasing anxiety about graduating and seeking employment. She was finding it difficult to focus on her studies, but was expected to graduate with honors within the next two months. Their work together had focused on her fears of leaving the structure and security of campus life. Today, Susan relates that she has just recently learned that her parents were divorcing. The social worker should next: A. Direct the focus to her generalized anxiety and inability to focus on her studies, as that was the most immediate issue.
B. Explore Susan’s relationship issues with her parents.
C. Ask Susan more questions about how the news of the divorce was affecting her.
D. Emphasize Susan’s strengths and ability to show resilience in the face of this disturbing news. The correct answer is "C". Concept: Assess, assess when something new is introduced before taking any action.