Rights and Assertiveness

Instructions Identify which right or rights are being violated in the following scenarios. Come up with a passive, aggressive, manipulative and assertive response. As a reminder, here is the list of rights: Right The right to decide how to lead your life. This includes pursuing your own goals and dreams and establishing your own priorities. The right to your own values, beliefs, opinions, and emotions – and the right to respect yourself for them, no matter the opinion of others. The right not to justify or explain your actions or feelings to others. The right to tell others how you wish to be treated. The right to express yourself and to say “No,” “I don’t know,” “I don’t understand,” or even “I don’t care.” You have the right to take the time you need to formulate your ideas before expressing them. The right to ask for information or help – without having negative feelings about your needs. The right to change your mind, to make mistakes, and to sometimes act illogically – with full understanding and acceptance of the consequences. The right to like yourself even though you’re not perfect, and to sometimes do less than you are capable of doing. The right to have positive, satisfying relationships within which you feel comfortable and free to express yourself honestly – and the right to change or end relationships if they don’t meet your needs. The right to change, enhance, or develop your life in any way you determine. 1. You are working at a day program. You and a co-worker are responsible for running a support group at 9AM. Your co-worker habitually arrives at 9:10AM. 2. For the third time this month your sister drops by your house unexpectedly. She is dropping off “Little Johnny”. She says, “I have to go grocery shopping and you know what a problem Johnny can be. It will only be for a couple of hours.” 3. You have been hired to provide recreational programs for a group of adolescents “at-risk”. The duties are very demanding. At least once or twice a week your supervisor pulls you from your office to run errands: “Could you take the van and pick up the new flyers?” “We need you to take some time this week to organize the stock room.” “I’ll let you go a little bit early today if you’ll pick my daughter up from dance class”. All of these “extras” are clearly not in your job description. 4. In the middle of a support group you are leading a client lights up a cigarette. This is against agency’s policy. 5. You are leaving work for the day. As you pass through the waiting room a woman pulls you aside and says, “Hi, I’m Lisa’s step-mother. [Lisa is a child you are working with.] I know what my husband has told you, but Lisa has some problems he hasn’t told you and I don’t think you’re dealing with them here. I’m surprised that you haven’t picked up on this. Do you have a minute?” 6. Afternoons from 1 – 2PM has been designated as your office time to work on reports. This happens to coincide with the second shift lunch hour and a co-worker often drops by your office to chat about her divorce. As a result you do not get your reports done and you end up working on them in the evening. Complete this assignment in a Word document and upload to the Dropbox. This assignment is worth 30 points. Each scenario response is worth 5 points.

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