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Media 1: Child Abuse and Neglect: The Hidden Hurt: https://search-alexanderstreet-com.rdas-proxy.mercy.edu/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cvideo_work%7C2660277
Watch Video Emerick Falta reflects on the loss of his mother to COVID-19
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***Video # 3 does not directly reflect this week’s chapter discussion points. Rather, I have the privilege of sharing a short video of a 21 y/r male of Caucasian and Puerto-Rican heritage, who lost his 41 y/o mother, Emmy, to COVID last April. She was a paraprofessional employee at the New Rochelle School District who fell victim to this tragic virus. Emerick’s story reflects the statistics and demographics of how this virus is disproportionately impacting our community of color at higher rates than Caucasian communities. Emerick also lost his father when he was 1 year old. Emerick is a senior at a respected school in NYC for gifted musicians. He will be graduating in May and pursuing a music career. He is one of the most mature, self-sufficient, resilient, motivated young adults that I have had the pleasure of working with over my 20+ year career. His background consisting of hardships has prepared him for this event and I have no doubt he will not only survive but thrive. I am honored to work with him as he has inspired me throughout this pandemic. To view the interview in full, it aired on 60 Minutes on CBS on January 31st. He has two GoFundMe Pages to assist with college and other expenses. Please view this video as developing counselors as an opportunity to learn what “real life” work with clients actually entails. Thank you.***
Barnett et al. (2011) state, “child neglect is typically viewed as an act of omission rather than an act of commission” (p. 83). Due to difficulty in defining and operationalizing this term, no single definition of child neglect is universally accepted. As a result, this often poses a problem for counselors confronted with potential incidences of child neglect. Read the following case example and respond to the questions below:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. This is a song that Lisa, age twelve, sings after an episode of yelling from her mother, Katrina. As long as Lisa can remember her mother has called her “stupid, ugly, dumb, fat, and lazy.” The constant belittling, shaming, and humiliating have taken a toll on Lisa. She has nightmares, wets her bed, and falls asleep in class. When her mother is not calling her names she is ignoring Lisa as “punishment” for not doing her chores.
Lisa’s teacher, Ms. Kim is very concerned about Lisa’s lack of energy and has called Katrina to set up a parent teacher conference. At the parent teacher conference Katrina tells Ms. Kim that Lisa is a “handful” and that she is not sure she can continue to take care of her and asked Ms. Kim if giving up her parental rights would be the best for Lisa. Katrina goes on to explain that she is overwhelmed with work, she is being harassed by Lisa’s father, and her mother has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. With all the things she has going on in her life she does not feel she is capable of taking care of Lisa, who has become just one more burden.
Questions to think about:
1. Emotional neglect can severely damage a child’s mental health. What are some of the long term consequences of emotional neglect?
2. How do you think Lisa’s teacher should respond to Katrina’s question about terminating her parental rights?
3. What services would Katrina and Lisa benefit from?
4. Should Child Welfare be involved with this case? Why or why not?
Helpful document below: Mandated Reporting