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When we are fac­ing changes in our lives, we need to have a clear idea of where we are and where we are go­ing. How will those changes im­pact us and all as­pects of our lives?

What are some of the changes we face? Mar­riage, Cre­at­ing a Fam­ily through Adop­tion or Re­pro­duc­tive Tech­nol­ogy, Sep­a­ra­tion, Di­vorce, Child Cus­tody, Cre­at­ing a Blended Fam­ily, Be­ing Di­ag­nosed with an Ill­ness and then Fac­ing that Ill­ness and Treat­ment, Grow­ing Older and hav­ing to con­sider new ways (and places) of liv­ing, Plan­ning for the Fu­ture (Es­tate Plan­ning, Long Term Care, etc.), Los­ing a Spouse or Loved One, Griev­ing that Loss---all of these life events present chal­lenges and tran­si­tions.

It is not only the ac­tual tran­si­tion that needs to be con­sid­ered; it is the en­tire process it­self which will af­fect how well we man­age tran­si­tions or not.

As you ‘take stock’ it makes sense to seek a pro­fes­sional to as­sist you in re­view­ing your sit­u­a­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing and ex­am­in­ing all rel­e­vant fac­tors, and con­sid­er­ing your op­tions. Only then are you able to make in­formed and good de­ci­sions.

A pro­fes­sional clin­i­cal so­cial worker has been trained to do just that and to make rec­om­men­da­tions that meet your needs. The as­sess­ment may be a sim­ple one where you and the so­cial worker de­velop a treat­ment plan. An ex­am­ple might be in de­ter­min­ing what you may need in re­gards to coun­selling when fac­ing ill­ness, cop­ing with grief, etc. where the treat­ment plan is only be­tween you and your coun­sel­lor.

A more com­plex as­sess­ment may be in­di­cated when the changes you are fac­ing in­volves oth­ers and even greater changes in your life.

Then, your so­cial worker will meet with you and all the rel­e­vant oth­ers in your life who you want to be part of the process. He or she will, with your con­sent, con­sult with oth­ers such as your physi­cians, spouse, chil­dren, banker, lawyer to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive psychosocial as­sess­ment that rec­og­nizes your needs and the pos­si­ble so­lu­tions that meet them. He or she will then work with you and those you trust to en­able you to move for­ward and em­brace change in a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive man­ner.

Betty Ann Streeter, Michaele-Sue Gold­blatt & Pa­tri­cia Fen­ton BIO We are reg­is­tered so­cial work­ers, each with a Mas­ter of So­cial Work de­gree and many years of ex­pe­ri­ence. We serve in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples and fam­i­lies as they face sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges and changes through­out their lives. In ad­di­tion to our Toronto of­fices, we con­sult via video­con­fer­enc­ing which has proven ef­fec­tive in serv­ing our clien­tele.

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