Egan's Model and Rogerian Theory: A Case Analysis Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the therapeutic relationship in a counseling case concerning a young mother's discipline of her child.
# 150686 | 2,643 words | 15 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 30, 2012 in Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper outlines a case where a young mother needs to learn to reinforce her daughter's sleeping schedule and analyzes this case from the standpoint of promoting and preserving the therapeutic relationship. The paper applies Gerard Egan, with his "skilled helper" approach to therapy, and Carl Roger's approach to counseling and shows how they depend on promoting the therapeutic relationship as a tool for helping clients to resolve their own problems.

Case Summary
Analysis of the Therapeutic Relationship
Critical Evaluation of Theory Application
Recommendations for Improvement

From the Paper:

"Rose presents as a young mother who is having difficult getting her young daughter to sleep in her own bed all night long. Rose has had limited, intermittent periods of success, but these were short in duration and her daughter eventually would end up back in her parent's bed. The mother and father both agree that the child should sleep in her own bed. The mother feels anxiety about her child sleeping in her bed because it not only interferes with her lack of sleep, but it makes her feel a loss of freedom as well. The goal of therapy is to provide Rose methods that will work in getting her daughter to sleep in her own bed, all night long, consistently for the long term.
"The mother has tried bribes, using the threat, that Santa Clause will not come if the daughter is not in bed. She also tried using a reward system where the child would receive a big reward at school if the mother reported to the teacher that the child had stayed in bed all night. Both of these strategies worked for a short time. The failure of the reward strategies that the Mother has tried is that the mother ends up feeling guilty when the child cries and she allows the child back into the bed. In consistency due to feelings of guilt in the mother is a key factor in her inability to make the child stay in bed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chung, R. & Bemak, F. (2002). The Relationship of Culture and Empathy in Cross-Cultural Counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development. 80 (2): 154+ . Questia Database.
  • Cummins, P., Massey, L., & Jones, A. (2007). Keeping Ourselves Well: Strategies for Promoting and Maintaining Counselor Wellness. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development. 46 (1): 35+. Questia Database.
  • Feller, C. & Cottone, R. (2003). The Importance of Empathy in the Therapeutic Alliance. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development. 42(1): 53+. Questia Database.
  • Goldin, E., Bordan, T. & Araoz, D. et al. (2006). Humor in Counseling: Leader Perspectives. Journal of Counseling and Development. 84 (4): 397. Questia Database.
  • Haberstroh, S., Duffey, T., & Evans, M. et al. (2007). The Experience of Online Counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling. 29 (3): 269+. Questia Database.

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