1. A discussion of the relevant descriptive features of the case or problem, relating it to a theoretical framework(s) we have discussed or you have found in your readings. If you are doing a family case please provide a brief description of the family or couples’ case. Formulate a family or couples’ based assessment (utilizing theory) indicating the stressors the family or couple is facing as well as the strengths. If your paper is based on a policy issue, then please indicate your rationale for selecting this issue and any relevant background information
2. Provide an analysis of the issues identified above and integrate them into a diagnostic formulary (i.e., diagnosis according to the DSM 5 for an identified family member). Indicate the contextual and personal factors that are most relevant for explaining the problem or problems. Please create a genogram to depict the family dynamics and transactions (place as an appendix). In other words, this is a summary section for clinical case, and should be concise and yet comprehensive (i.e., depth of analysis)
3. Provide a discussion of a family based intervention approach (evidenced-informed whenever possible). Intervention should be included (with a discussion of relative strengths and weaknesses).Your intervention should support your summary (and theory) as stated above. Make sure that this issue is reflected in the assessment (criteria 1) and in your diagnostic formulary (criteria 2). References for interventions have been uploaded.
4. Discuss diversity (e.g., gender, race, disability, or cultural issues – including military culture) associated with the case. Include how your personal values and views impact your practice or your policy approach in the conclusion section of your paper
5. Written quality of paper (e.g., organization, clarity, grammatically correct, punctuation, proof read and the use of APA style). APA style includes the use of headings and subheadings. Remember to start with a brief introduction and end with a conclusion. Do not use lengthy citations or quotes; rather, paraphrase material to make your point. When you quote directly, you must include pagination and attribution. Do not simply link quotes together with some narrative. Please use Times New Roman 12 point font and double spacing. Paper should be written in a scholarly manner. If you are unclear about APA style, please consult the manual or see your
When doing genograms you can download free genogram programs (search for them on the internet, for instance, https://www.genopro.com/free/) or you can draw these by hand, just make sure that this is legible.
This is the case:
Russell case: Taken from Weiss, E.L., Coll, J.E., Reyes, V., Salazar-Nocito, D., & Dyer, D. (in press). Military families & combat veteran posttraumatic stress disorder: A family therapy approach based on resilience & military cultural competence. Illinois Child Welfare Journal.
Russell is a 28-year-old Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran. He is a married, Caucasian male, E-4, Armorer, assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry at Fort Irwin. Before his last tour of duty, Russell was confident in his skills and felt proud to serve his country. However, upon his return from overseas, Russell was diagnosed at Fort Irwin with posttraumatic stress disorder after serving as an infantryman during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. During that tour, his traumatic event involved killing a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who approached his gate at his forward operating base while attempting to sell cartons of Marlboro cigarettes to the American troops. Upon his return from deployment, he was briefly treated at the on-base counseling center on an individual basis for depression (involving feelings of remorse) and for PTSD symptoms including hypervigilance, angry outbursts, nightmares, and flashbacks.
Although his symptoms began to improve, Russell was then triggered by seeing a young male walk out of a local liquor store with a carton of Marlboro cigarettes in his hand. He was angry at himself for shooting the boy in Iraq and had difficulty controlling his anger towards his wife of 7 years. He had become easily irritated and annoyed by her. Russell also had difficulty connecting with his 6-year old-son, Ryan, because whenever he would look at Ryan, it would remind him of the boy in Iraq. Additionally, Russell doubts that he is a “good” husband in that he does not feel “needed or useful” in the home. He has also become disillusioned by the Army and feels uncertain about his future. Janet is worried about her husband; she states that he is distant from her and from their son, and she is apprehensive about his temper.
In order to save his marriage, Russell and Janet decided to participate in marital counseling with a civilian therapist with the agreement that Russell continue to attend individual therapy (e.g., exposure therapy for trauma and cognitive behavioral therapy for symptoms of depression) and group therapy (e.g., trauma-focused group therapy) at the counseling center on base.
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