“In this Discussion, you reflect on the termination process, the potential feelings associated with ending a client relationship, and skills to address challenges related to termination.

1. Explain how you might evaluate client progress and determine when a client is ready to terminate services.
2. Describe a situation when a professional relationship may end before the client achieves their goals.
3. Describe one potential positive and one potential negative feeling that you, as the social worker, might feel regarding a planned termination and an unplanned termination.
4. Describe one potential positive and one potential negative feeling a client might feel regarding both a planned and an unplanned termination of a therapeutic relationship.
5. Provide a suggestion for dealing with the negative feelings that can occur with terminating client relationships.
6. Identify a social work skill and provide a specific example of how your colleague might use this skill to address challenges in termination.

Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Chapter 8, “Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up in Generalist Practice” (pp. 307–348)
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