Option #2: Family Theory Application Paper

Students will compose a 10-12 page scholarly paper which provides a clinical assessment of the family from The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Students can choose to assess the family system at any point in time over the course of the novel.

Students will write from the perspective of a family systems informed social worker to whom the family has come to for treatment of a specific issue.   
Students may compose their paper in a 1st person narrative.   *Students may choose a family from a different novel with prior approval from the instructor.   
This paper is not a full research paper but should include at least 5 references.
At least 3 of the references should be source material not included in the class readings and assignment list.

Students will:   

1) Present a description of the presenting problem(s).
Who are the family members who present for treatment and what is their storyline?
Why have they come to see you at this point in time?

2) Identify the family theory or model you would use with this family.
Identify specific goals related to your theory. Assess this family using at least three concepts from your chosen theory or model.
Name and define each concept and explain how it will be applied to this family.

3) Apply at least three techniques from your chosen theory or model of practice.
Define them and explain how they would be applied to this family.
Give examples of how you might intervene with these techniques.

4) Throughout your paper and wherever applicable, provide a discussion of issues related to social and cultural diversity as well as clinical social work values.
What issues in these areas impact your choice of treatment model and application of intervention strategies.


2.) First you need to summarize Bowenian Therapy and it’s use with families.
Then assess the family functioning using this theory.
Use Differentiation of self-scale (see ppt.), Genograms: Diagrams used to show family members and their relationships.
Used to gain insight into relationships and roles within the family. Graphic portrayal of interlocking triangles
Ecomaps: Used to document the family’s relationship to outside systems Timelines: Used to observe the relevant events experienced by the family.

Secondly, you need to state 3 goals to use with this family using the chosen Bowen theory.

A.) Differentiation of self, Goal 1 would be maintaining cultural traditions that are imperative to the first generation or the parents and grandparents while accepting new Americanized traits of the bicultural 2nd generation child (basically Ability to be an emotionally separate person with the ability to think, feel, and act for self. Capacity to be an “I” while remaining connected.

Multigenerational transmission Process, Goal 2 would be having the parents accept the new life style changes their children have learned through acculturation.
“Variations in acculturative change will also occur between different immigrant children. Immigrants vary in their desire to assimilate to the host country, and factors such as children’s socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender will be associated with differential exposure to aspects of the new society (Fuligni, 2001.)

” Paraphrase the next quote the best you can “It is well known that immigrant life is synonymous with the acculturation experience.
The work of John Berry indicates that immigrants may experience significant changes in their lives, at both the individual and group levels, as they adjust to a new culture.

However, the nature and extent of life changes can vary across individuals, families, and groups.
Berry’s theoretical framework for understanding acculturation, based on earlier acculturation work in anthropology, suggests that the notion of stress plays a prominent role in the acculturation process as immigrants confront new cultural demands and attempt to cope with significant life changes.
It also suggests that stress experienced during the acculturation process can impact psychological and sociocultural dimensions of adaptation (Dinh, K. T., & Nguyen, H. H. 2006.)”

use this reference as well for quotes on parent-child stressors during acculturation.

• C.) Triangulation. “achieving success while facing a diverse and sometimes contradictory set of demands was most commonly described as ‘reaching a balance.’ Balance referred to managing roles, relationships and responsibilities.

Balance, you need to learn to balance all of the important aspects of life such as religion, family, friends, socializing, time and money.

You shouldn’t end up being disappointed or disappointing others because you can’t make all of these things work together.
But balance also referred to negotiating identity, religion and societal demands in a way that permits the retention of traditional values,
To have good morals and a strong base of religion and to be able to balance these in your life and that enhances a sense of genuineness and self-worth.
Being true with myself, who I am and where I am from. Being able to balance out the two cultures, mine and theirs (Ward, C. (2013.)”

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Option #2: Family Theory Application Paper

The purpose of this paper is to solve the problems presented to a counselor by Gogol’s family. The problems will be solved using the Bowenian family therapy model. The intervention will focus on three pertinent goals; maintaining the cultural traditions as practiced by Gogol’s parents while accepting the new Americanized attributes of the bicultural second generation, helping the family to secure accomplishment while fronting a diverse and, at times, a inconsistent set of prerequisites, and having Gogol’s parents accept the novel lifestyle changes that their children have learned through the process of acculturation. To accomplish these goals, three techniques will be applied. They are de-triangulation, promoting differentiation, and expanding the view of the previous generation. It is expected that, by integrating these techniques, a sustainable solution to the underlying family problem will be solved completely.
A description of the presenting problem(s)
The main problem presented by Gogol’s family is multigenerational acculturation variances that might explain the parents-adolescents tension not mentioning the adolescent adjustment struggle not only to identify with, but also to incorporate the parents’ traditions in their daily life. This problem is well clarified by Augustine (2012). According to the author, many people from different ethnic communities usually come into the American society with a high expectation that they will be provided with opportunities to prosper. However, along with this, migration often comes a host of problematic outcomes especially in the family systems when dealing or interacting with families in which the first and second generations (adults and children respectively) are Americans. Such mixing of culture, according to Augustine (2012) often bring rise to a novel population known as bicultural and multi-cultural people. Biculturalism refers to a situation in which a person has two cultural identities while multiculturalism is where an individual is characterized by more than two cultures. Being a bicultural or multicultural family is detrimental as it leads to a series of problems according to Augustine (2012) and such include conflicts within a family.
Gogol, due to his desire for Americanization, has become a bicultural person. He is born of an Indian family, which follows a Bengali culture. However, having interacted with American peers, Gogol has increasingly taken up American values. For instance, he attempts to change his name to Nikhil as it is Americanized when compared to Gogol. His biculturalism is further exhibited by the notion that he has suddenly become aware of class and race. Despite being an Indian and that he comes from a relatively poor cultural background, Gogol no longer wants to associate with the Deshi, whom peers refer to as “American-Born Confused Deshi.” When Gogol was in sophomore in high school, his parents took an eight-month vacation to Calcutta. However, this did not go down well with Gogol as he wanted to stay away from the Bengali throughout his childhood phase...
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