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Select one of the clients whose circumstances are briefly described in the vignettes that have been provided for you (see 4 scenarios below to choose one)
Identify the client’s presenting issues and any other factors that would need to be taken into account when working with this client. Discuss possible ways of working to address these issues, drawing on your knowledge of integrative practice, and particularly on your knowledge of appropriate theory and skills. Incorporate reference to relevant literature to substantiate your discussion and analysis.
To do this assignment you need to choose a client described in the vignettes (scenarios) . When you have decided which client (scenario) to choose you use the information about that person to discuss how you would work with them based on what you have readings (please see some of references list i provided, you can add more ) this is just some of recommended reading for this course but it needs more references for the assignment to be completed
Please choose one of the following 4 scenarios
SCENARIO 1 – SEXUAL ABUSE
Mary was regularly sexually abused by her cousin between the ages of ten and fourteen. The abuse ended when Anna told her parents what was happening. They believed her and supported her and the cousin was subsequently prosecuted. Mary did receive some counselling at the time, and felt that she was able to cope because she was well supported by her family. However, at the time, Mary was simply relieved that the ordeal was over and didn’t want to focus too much on what had happened. For a number of years Mary coped well with life. If any memories of the abuse came to her she pushed them aside. She did find it difficult to develop intimate relationships, but it did not worry her too much. She also found being away from home very difficult and as a result had not gone to university as planned, as this meant travelling to another city. She has consistently low self- esteem and a tendency toward perfectionism. Mary moved out of home two years ago into a flat not far away from her parents’ house. Now 27 Mary has been in a new relationship for 6 months. The relationship was going well until recently when they began discussing moving in together. Since then Mary has become depressed and highly stressed. She has started to experience severe headaches and has several sick days off work. Mary went to her GP and informed her that she felt this deterioration in her mental health was related to the abuse, and her GP referred her for counselling.
Mary would like to be able to experience memories of the abuse without feeling very distressed, be able to develop an intimate relationship without feeling highly anxious and be able to cope with being away from home and her parents
SCENARIO 2 – COMPLICATED GRIEF
Mele’s father was recently killed in a knife fight in South Auckland while Mele was at school. Mele is a 13 year old Pacifica girl. Her father, Palo, abandoned Mele’s mother and younger brother when Mele was 6 years old. Palo would return to the family home from time to time. These visits were often explosive as Palo sometimes went into an alcoholic rage of physical and emotional abuse that terrified Mele and her mother. Mele’s extended family insisted that all the children attend Palo’s funeral and Mele was forced to read an obituary saying some nice things about her father.
Mele was referred to counselling because of a history of repeated emotional outbursts in school, inability to stay in the classroom, and poor school performance and conduct.
SCENARIO 3 – COMPLICATED GRIEF
John, a 48 year old pakeha father has just sought counselling in relation to his son’s recent suicide. John’s 21 year old son Matthew recently suicided using a family hunting rifle. John had a good relationship with his son and in his teenage years they had been on camping trips together during which John had taught his son to fish and shoot.
At 18 Matthew entered Medical school. This was something he had wanted to do all his life and he passed his first and second years with straight A’s. On a holiday after this Matthew fell off his bicycle and suffered a head injury resulting in impaired brain functioning. This meant that he was unable to continue with his studies. This was extremely distressing for the whole family. Matthew became very depressed and despite medication made several suicide attempts. John and his wife felt responsible for Matthew and convinced him to live at home so that they could support him. Matthew’s response to this was varied. At times he would accept their help and at others he would lash out with verbal and sometimes physical aggression. John was a little afraid of leaving his wife at home alone with Matthew just in case he lashed out. In recent days however it appeared that Matthew was going through a good patch. His mood was stable and he had begun talking about looking for work. The last family dinner together seemed like “old times” and John felt that things were hopeful for the first time in several years.
SCENARIO 4 – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Chris is a fifteen year old boy who was ‘sent’ by his Dean to the school counsellor because of regular, unexplained absences from school over the previous six weeks. He would not give the Dean any reasons for his absence and became angry when questioned. When he first came to the counsellor he was reluctant and angry with her as well. His young brother, Simon, came the next day to see the counsellor and told her that the school system was really unfair and Chris was just doing his best to look after him and his mum. After further talk between the counsellor and Simon it emerged that the father (Peter) had a stressful job as a prison officer, and had been becoming increasingly angry at home, especially with their mother (Jane). His dad had often, in the last couple of years, yelled at Jane, calling her a slut, useless, ugly and lazy. Simon said he had never been touched by the father, just yelled at, but he had recently seen his dad holding his mother up against the wall with his hands around her neck and really shaking her and screaming at her. Chris had dragged the father away and he had promised he would never do anything like that again. Peter had then taken the whole family out for a special meal, apologised, and promised he would never touch Jane again in that way.
The school authorities have agreed to not punish Chris, this time, if he starts coming to school regularly and sees the counsellor weekly.