The Diagnosis and Treatment of a Familial Structure Case Study by gracielou

A look at the role of the counselor when treating a family.
# 151812 | 1,811 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2012 in Psychology (Therapies) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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This paper presents a case study and various treatment approaches for a family undergoing therapy. First, the paper describes the challenges that the family is experiencing. Additionally, it defines the role of a counselor in family therapy and clarifies how family therapy differs from individual or couples therapy. Then, the paper outline various therapeutic options for treatment, including narrative family therapy and structural family therapy. Next, the paper explores ethical issues in family therapy and multicultural competence. Finally, the paper addresses the challenges faced by military personnel returning from deployment. The paper concludes by stating that the counselor is to treat the family as a whole, and not allow individual family members issues to overshadow the familial system.


A Family Case Study
Implementing Therapeutic Technique: Narrative Family Therapy
Back-Up Plan: Using Structural Family Therapy
Inclusion of the Multiaxial System from the DSM-IV
Ethically Speaking
Treatment Planning

From the Paper:

"The Jones family is an African-American family consisting of Harold, Shirley, their thirteen-year-old son Ben, and nine-year-old daughter Tracy. Shirley is in the military and has been overseas for approximately eighteen months so Harold's mother, Barbara, has been living with them. Ben has become very withdrawn, he is often truant from school and Harold suspects he is using drugs. Tracy is doing well in her school, but has had increased temper tantrums at home. Harold was recently laid off from a job he held for over ten years and is feeling very discouraged, and he worries about his ability to take care of his family.
"Shirley returned home about three weeks ago. She was initially very happy to see her family, but is having trouble adjusting to being back home. She does not get along with Harold's mother and the two women argue constantly. She has been having difficulty sleeping, feels like she is "in a daze" much of the time, refuses to go into town saying it is "too noisy and too crowded," and does not seem interested in connecting with her old friends. When the children want to spend time with her, Shirley becomes irritable and says she is too tired. Tracy has been crying frequently since her mother has returned..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Corey, M. S., Corey, G. (2011). Becoming a helper. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Hecker, L. L., Wetchler, J. L. (2003). An introduction to marriage and family therapy. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Clinical Practice Press.
  • Hoyt, T., Pasupathi, M., Smith, B. W., Yeater, E. A., Kay, V. S., Tooley, E. (2010). Disclosure of emotional events in groups at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder. International Journal of Stress Management, 17(1), 78-95. doi:10.1037/a0017453.
  • Makin-Byrd, K., Gifford, E., McCutcheon, S., Glynn, S. (2011). Family and couples treatment for newly returning veterans. Professional Psychology: Research And Practice, 42(1), 47-55. doi:10.1037/a0022292
  • Sehgal, R., Saules, K., Young, A., Grey, M. J., Gillem, A. R., Nabors, N. A., ... Jefferson, S. (2011). Practicing what we know: Multicultural counseling competence among clinical psychology trainees and experienced multicultural psychologists. Cultural Diversity And Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(1), 1-10. doi:10.1037/a0021667.

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