Family Therapy Approach
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.
Due Sunday 2/2. That evening is fine, say 9pm PST