Discussion Writing Services – Family Therapy

Discussion Writing Services – Family Therapy

Discussion Writing Services – Family Therapy

Discussion Writing Services

Assignment 2: Discussion Question: Family Therapy

Due Sunday, October 18, 2015

Discussion Question: Family Therapy

In this discussion you will apply some of your understanding of family therapy to the following scenario:

Debbie is 18 years old and has come in to see a counselor because she knows that she desperately

needs help. Debbie says that she sleeps 14 to 15 hours a day and would probably sleep the whole day if

her mother did not wake her up to go to college. She says that she has lost interest in everything. Her

parents want her to be a doctor, but she feels that this is not what she wants to be. Debbie prefers to be

alone in her room. Her mother constantly nags her about her laziness and sarcastically cuts her down as

a way to “motivate” her to do something with her life. Debbie has a very strained relationship with her

father who is seldom at home because he is working two jobs. The future seems hopeless to Debbie,

and she often thinks about committing suicide, though her parents do not know this. She has thought of

cutting her wrist but has not been able to do so. She keeps hoping that she will feel better the next day.

Her counselor has diagnosed Debbie with depression and is suggesting that in addition to Debbie’s

individual counseling the family also begin counseling sessions.

Please respond to the following questions:

Of the three approaches to family therapy mentioned in the lecture notes this week (Experiential,

Structural and Strategic), which do you think Debbie and her family would benefit from most? Give a

detailed rationale for your choice with supportive evidence from the case study.

If you were the therapist working with Debbie and her parents, what would you assess as the main

problem they are facing as a family? Be detailed in your response and include all three members in your

assessment. Since a family system is a unit, all members affect each other.

How would you specifically intervene using the family therapy approach mentioned in question 1?

Suggest at least two methods or techniques from your chosen theory that you believe would help this

family toward healthier interaction. Explain each of these methods or techniques in detail.

Assignment 2: Discussion Question: Family Therapy

Discussion Question: Family Therapy

Out of the three approaches to family therapy mentioned in the lecture notes, I believe

Debbie and her family can be benefitted the most from experiential therapy. It is important that

in Debbie’s family every member should work to his or her full potential to help the family

operate as a functional and healthy unit. The members have to understand that they need to talk

to each other honestly and also create a positive environment (Module 5 Lecture). When family

members will use a method of awareness of self in the context of the I- thou relationship

(Israelstam,1988), then it will help Debbie to have a better relationship with her father , who is

usually missing and her mother, who is always talking negatively in order to motivate.

 

 

 

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