October 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Sociology Alum Tries to Make Bureaucracy Work for Clients as Case Manager

A smiling Garrett Dahl with lake and trees in the background

Garrett Dahl

Ohio University alum Garrett Dahl ’09M works as a contracted Hennepin County Case Manager, monitoring civil commitments for the courts and working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness stay out of the hospital and stay in the community.

Dahl graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University with an M.A. in Sociology.

He enjoys working in and in-between social systems that may or may not communicate or coordinate. He also enjoys the independence and challenge of working in the community. He sees the community as a social laboratory that provides in-the-moment data as to how interventions are working—or not working.

“Assessing these results with my clients, with my team, and with members of my client’s team,” Dahl says, “can dictate if we have accurately defined the problem so that we can work toward a meaningful and therapeutic ending, or a re-assessment of the problem.

“I try to make bureaucracy work for my clients.”

His OHIO Experience

Dahl says Dr. Jieli Li’s classical theory class taught him that theory can be integrated and applied to current social contexts.

“I specifically remember Max Weber and George Ritzer, which could be applied to the “McDonaldization of Social Work.””

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