Students will be placed in groups of 6, by the instructor and each student in the group will be assigned the same clinical scenario. Independently, each student will assess the clinical scenario through the lens of a different theoretical framework. The theoretical framework will be assigned by the instructor.
Students will provide:
a. a brief description of the theory,
b. how this particular theory fits within this particular clinical scenario,
c. identify key pieces of data used in your assessment,
d. would you employ a particular assessment tool, if so, which one
e. summary of your assessment
Students will also submit a 5 page paper, exclusive of title and reference page, on the assigned presentation day. A brief introduction and conclusion should be included in the paper.
Academic sources only should be used as references, textbook may be used as one resource, class power points may not be used, and personal communication may also not be included as a resource. (Presentation, 8%; Written Summary, 12%)
5th edition APA referencing is expected.
Timothy was a 47 year old Caucasian male. He was married and had four children. Timothy was employed as a supervisor for a large automotive plant.
Dissatisfaction with his current life led Timothy to seek therapy. He indicated “nothing is really wrong, but nothing is really right either.” While he described his marriage as satisfactory and believed he had strong relationships with his children he felt unfulfilled. He sensed that he was just “going through the motions of life until I die.” While he had not embarked on an affair he admitted that he had been talking with a 25 year old female co-worker at the plant and was hoping that the relationship might develop further.
Most Relevant Developmental History
Timothy described his parents as hardworking Christians who dedicated their lives to raising their children. He and his siblings were close and he was an honor student who received a college scholarship to play basketball. Rather than pursue his education Timothy married his high school sweetheart at age 19 and by age 21 he was a father. Although he had swore that he would never work for the local automotive plant which employed most of the adult males in his community he had to take a position at the plant to support his family. He performed well at his job and rose quickly to the level of supervisor. Timothy’s father had often talked about dreams he had for his retirement but died two years prior to retirement from a heart attack. His mother resided in the neighborhood and Timothy and his wife spent their free time assisting her so she could maintain a fairly independent life.
Timothy’s situation represented the prototypic scenario of a midlife crisis as he appeared to be grappling with a number of existential issues. First, his current life appeared boring to him because he often contrasted his real life with the idealistic life he had not pursued. Additionally, he was coping with themes of aging and death and these themes were particular intense for Timothy because his father had died at a younger age before getting to pursue his own dreams for later life.
Therapy primarily focused on encouraging Timothy to explore his beliefs and feelings about aging and death. Timothy was encouraged to recognize that his flirtation with his younger co-worker was only one avenue for reestablishing a sense of excitement in his life and was supported as he considered more adaptive ways of making his life interesting. He was also encouraged to talk more openly with his spouse about ways to strengthen their relationship.
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