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After reading the three scenarios below, choose two and provide the information beneath for the individual(s) needing counseling.The required information should be written as a narrative, using the Roman numerals and bold wording as headings.At least three research articles should be utilized to substantiate the theoretical approach/techniques used in each scenario.At a minimum, the student should include the following for this project: Theoretical Approach(es) for Scenario #?:Identify and discuss the major theory(ies) that you, as the counselor, would use to work with this family and give a rationale for choosing it/them.The approach can be eclectic. Identified Mental Health/Familial Issue #1:Using the information in the scenario, identify the first identified issue and give corroborating information to support this item.Long-Term Goal(s):Identify a long-term goal that addresses the first. Short-term Goals/Objectives:Identify short-term goals and objectives that address the longterm goal(s) Techniques:Identify and discuss the techniques from the theoretical approach(es) to be used with the situation in the scenario. Repeat this process if there are multiple mental health/familial issues indicated in the scenario
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Guidelines for the Application of Theories Project
The purpose of the Application of Theories Project is three-fold: (1) The student will utilize information
learned in this course regarding counseling theories; (2) The student will apply this information to several
scenarios depicting mental health counseling situations; (3) The student will utilize research, as needed, to
develop the most appropriate protocol for two of the three scenarios listed below.
After reading the three scenarios below, choose two and provide the information beneath for the
individual(s) needing counseling. The required information should be written as a narrative, using the
Roman numerals and bold wording as headings. At least three research articles should be utilized to
substantiate the theoretical approach/techniques used in each scenario. At a minimum, the student should
include the following for this project:
I.
Theoretical Approach(es) for Scenario #?: Identify and discuss the major theory(ies) that
you, as the counselor, would use to work with this family and give a rationale for choosing
it/them. The approach can be eclectic.
II.
Identified Mental Health/Familial Issue #1: Using the information in the scenario, identify
the first identified issue and give corroborating information to support this item.
III.
Long-Term Goal(s): Identify a long-term goal that addresses the first.
IV.
Short-term Goals/Objectives: Identify short-term goals and objectives that address the
longterm goal(s)
V.
Techniques: Identify and discuss the techniques from the theoretical approach(es) to be used
with the situation in the scenario.
Repeat this process if there are multiple mental health/familial issues indicated in the scenario.
Note: If specific information is not provided in the scenarios below, you can devise the information if it
stays consistent with the other facts. For example, in Scenario #1, the parents’ ages are not given.
However, the scenario states they have been married for sixteen years. Therefore, you can presume the
parents’ ages to be mid-30’s or mid-40’s if you need that information to help you with your assessment of
the issues and the process of applying theories for treatment.
Scenario #1
After intake information is gathered, the following facts are recorded:
A family of three has come to see you. The mother and father have been married for sixteen years. They
have one child. The child is a boy named Joe, and he is 14 years old. The mother works a full-time job
as a bank teller. The father works full-time as a project manager for a construction company. They would
be considered middle-class based on the total family income. Both sets of grandparents live in the same
city. Joe can see them as much as he wishes, but he sees them very little.
The parents are confident that Joe is not using drugs or abusing alcohol of any kind according to the
intake information that they provide. They share that Joe seems to be severely depressed. He goes to
school, interacts very little with peers at his school–as reported by his teachers to the parents–and when
he comes home, he goes straight to his room. He has quit all sports within the past six months. Both
parents acknowledge that his affect has changed over the past few months. He used to be energetic and
laugh a great deal; however, now his tone is flat and they cannot remember his smiling in several weeks.
During the intake, Joe makes very little eye contact with you or his parents. He sits for most of the session
with his hands clasped together in his lap. He answers your basic probes with as few words as possible
and with flat affect. He neither denies nor argues with any information presented by the parents. He has
managed to keep his grades at mostly A’s with a few B’s scattered among some of his assignments.
The parents have met with his teachers. None of the teachers reported any bullying or other concerns
with peers. All the teachers reported that Joe is quiet but respectful. He will answer questions in class
when prompted to do so by the teachers. The family attends church most Sundays.
When Joe is asked, “Why are you so sad?” by the parents and the counselor during the intake, the answer
is always, “I don’t know.” Joe reports no physical health issues. His appetite does not seem to be effected
over the past few months. Joe does not initiate helping around the house, but, if he is asked to do something
by either parent, he does it without arguing or delay.
As you watch Joe during the intake, you see a young boy who shows little emotion. His tone is flat. His
posture is slumped.
Scenario #2
A couple enter for their intake regarding pre-marital counseling. They have been dating for
approximately fifteen months. They are wanting to get married; however, they are concerned with
several issues. The woman has been married twice before. She has one child with each of her past
exhusbands. She has an eight-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. The man has been married once
before. He has one child, a boy, age 13.
Both woman’s ex-husbands play a large role in the children’s lives. However, the man’s ex-wife has
nothing to do with her son. The woman receives a large alimony check that she would lose if she
remarries. This is a concern since she does not work outside the home. The man has a good job, but they
would be living on a tight budget without her alimony check each month. They have discussed living
together, but, if it is proven that they are cohabitating, she would still lose the alimony. The children have
not met each other at this point. The woman’s ex-husbands are not aware that she has been in a serious
relationship.
The 13-year-old boy has been in trouble with the juvenile court system for inappropriately touching girls
at school. The last episode was six months ago. He has been in counseling for over one year. The man
has not told the woman of his son’s issues.
Again, they have come in for pre-marital counseling and how they should tell the children the news if
they decide to marry.
Scenario #3
A father and his teenage daughter come for counseling. The presenting issue is that the sixteen-year-old
girl has been cutting herself. Her father found out from one of the girl’s friends. The daughter has asked
repeatedly for the father to tell her who the friend is, but he will not because he promised his daughter’s
friend that he would keep her name a secret. The girl has been cutting for almost a year. She has been
using a small razor blade. She has cut underneath her breasts, between her toes, and at the very top of her
groin inside her panty line.
The father has taken her to her OBGYN to make sure the cutting has not damaged her or become infected.
As the father and daughter sit in the office, the daughter sits at the opposite end of the couch from her
father. She is about 5’ 7” tall and weighs around 105 pounds. She has a pale complexion and her hair
does not have a shine. She constantly rolls her eyes when her father is speaking. She does not smile for
the entire session. When she interjects or answers questions, she has an edge to her voice.
Historical information includes the mother leaving the home without telling either the father or the
daughter good-bye. This took place about five years ago. Neither knows where she is at the time of the
intake. The mother had a history of abusing drugs when she was a teenager, according to the father.
The father reports that he has changed jobs three times in the past two years. The daughter reports, “You
mean fired.” From the rosy nose and rosy cheeks on the father, it is felt that he might be a serious abuser
of alcohol. However, when asked a probing question related to his drinking habits, he reports only
drinking a small glass of wine with dinner on most nights. The daughter snorts when he reports this.
To the father’s knowledge and the daughter’s self-reporting, she does not have a steady boyfriend.
However, the father reports that he found a six pack of condoms in her bathroom. This is news to the
daughter, and she is embarrassed and angry toward him in the session. Her grades are average. She does
not belong to any sport teams or clubs at school or outside of school. The closest family she has is her
maternal grandmother with whom she speaks almost every day. The grandmother lives eight hours away
so they only get to see each other about once every few months.
Grading Rubric for Application of Theories Project
Item
Scenario 1—Appropriate Theoretical approaches, research-based
Points Possible
15
Identified Mental Health Issue(s)
10
Long-term Goals
5
Short-term goals/Objectives
5
Appropriate Techniques
10
Scenario 2—Appropriate Theoretical approaches, research-based
15
Identified Mental Health Issue(s)
10
Long-term Goals
5
Short-term goals/Objectives
5
Appropriate Techniques
10
Reference list with at least three research sources cited in project and
referenced per APA Guidelines
Total
10 Points
Points Awarded
100 Points
Points Deducted
Graduate-level written expression and proper APA formatting
Total Points

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