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Making Life WorkFreedom and Disability in a Community Group Home$
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Jack Levinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650811

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650811.001.0001

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What Everybody Knows about Paul

What Everybody Knows about Paul

(p.213) 10 What Everybody Knows about Paul
Making Life Work

Jack Levinson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the clinical work of group home work at Driggs House. The ideal of autonomy has made clinical work more than ever a general administrative practice rather than separate fields of expertise unique to intellectual disability, mental health, and other areas. How the counselors’ work of risk administration creates a constantly transforming field of intervention in which the curtailment of a resident’s freedom is to be avoided wherever possible yet provides the one intervention that is seen to reduce risk with any certainty. The chapter focuses on the case of Paul to illustrate what counselors know and do took practical shape in the endless process of calculating his risk.

Keywords:   clinical work, group home work, Driggs House, intellectual disability, mental health, counselors, risk administration, intervention

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