George is a social worker in a behavioral health clinic for school-aged children. He is meeting with the single mother of one of his clients who asks him if he is married and if he has children. George has recently divorced and finds the mother of his client very attractive. He considers that the mother may be seeking to establish that George has some parental experience that may provide some credibility.
George should first:
A Identify his own motives for sharing his personal information before proceeding. B Share that he is recently divorced and understands the challenges of being single, thereby establishing a connection that may be helpful in their work together. C Respond that it is none of her business. D Ignore the question and proceed to continue the session’s focus on the child.
The correct answer is "A". Concept: Self-awareness is essential when personal issues are raised by the client, in order to choose the next step.