Application: Evaluating Client Profile 1 Using a Jungian or Adlerian ApproachIn this week’s Discussion, you evaluated strengths and weaknesses of using a psychodynamic approach with a client. In this Application, you are asked to evaluate a client using a specific psychodynamic approach.
To prepare for this assignment:Bring to mind what you have learned in the past two weeks about Jungian and Adlerian theories and their respective theoretical approaches. Select one of these approaches on which to base this assignment.Review Client Profile 1: Abby in this week’s Learning Resources, and think about how you might use your chosen approach with this client.Review the course text readings and the media segments for this week, paying attention to how the experts use a specific theoretical orientation, or approach, to evaluate a client.The assignment:In a 1- to 3-page paper, critically evaluate the client in Client Profile 1 using either a Jungian or Adlerian approach. Make sure you address:The strengths and limitations to using this approach with this clientThe specific cultural/gender/age issues that need to be attended to with this clientThe ethical or legal issues that need to be attended to with this clientThe overall therapeutic goal with this clientHow you would proceed with this client:How would you begin?What would be the goals of therapy?What specific strategies and/or techniques might you use?Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.
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Client Profile #1
Name: Abby R.
Religion: Baptist, not practicing
Relationship Status: Married
Description of Presenting Issue:
Abby seeks counseling after her husband has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a
form of cancer. She tells you that she has never been able to cope well and is
falling apart in response to her husband’s diagnosis two months ago. She spends
most of her time in bed crying, has been sleeping and eating little, even though
she is exhausted and losing weight rapidly, and is certain that her husband will
die of the disease. She feels very guilty that she is not able to accompany her
husband to medical appointments and give him support, but she says that would
“send me over the edge.” She also blames herself for her husband’s illness. She
thinks that if she had cooked healthier meals and been a happier person, her
husband would not have developed cancer. Although Abby is currently feeling
worse than she has ever felt, she tells you that she was never a happy person.
Life, at least since she became an adult, has just been putting one foot after
another and doing what she was supposed to do. She always had little energy,
feelings of low self-esteem, and hopelessness. She cannot remember any
lengthy times when she felt differently. She believes that everyone around her is
having a more rewarding life than she is, and this makes her feel even worse
because her life has been a comfortable one and, as Abby sees it, she has no
reason to feel so blue.
Occupation History: Abby is a free-lance editor, working on technical manuals
and textbooks. She works part time, taking fewer jobs since her husbands
Education History: Abby received her bachelors degree in literature. She
considered getting her masters degree, but did not pursue this once she decided
to get married. She has taken several continuing education courses at the local
Medical History: Abby suffers from migraine headaches, which started in her
late twenties and have become worse in the last decade. Currently, she reports
headaches 23 times per month. She has tried a variety of prescription and nonprescription medication, none of which is particularly effective.
Family History: Abby is the third of six children. She has three brothers and two
sisters. Her father (deceased) was a contractor, and her mother was a
homemaker. She reports a very close relationship with her mother, but describes
her relationship with her late father as strained. She sees her siblings once in a
while, none of whom live within a close distance.
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Client Profile #1
Alcohol / Substance Use: Abby drinks 23 times per week, 12 drinks per
occasion. She does not smoke, nor use any illegal substances.
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