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Assignment 1:

Watch a short video clip (4:44 minutes) of family therapy case by Constance Ahrons

Making Divorce Work: A Clinical Approach to the Binuclear Family

Answer the following questions:

1. Briefly describe what are your reactions to the each family member and the whole family? What are your initial feelings and thoughts to each member and family as a whole? What are your thoughts about the therapist?
2. From what you can gather, what are the interactive patterns?
3. What are the roles and role expectations for each member?
4. What are your hypotheses about the case?
5. How are they communicating during therapy and outside session? Perhaps you may also consider behavioral cues and body language.
6. What is the content and process?
7. Who is the potential IP?
8. What are some strengths and positive things?
9. What are their developmental challenges during their particular life stage?
10. What do you think they can work on? What can they talk about? What are your goals as a therapist?
11. What questions do you have for the family? What is missing from the story?

Assignment 2:

Watch a short video clip (9:46 minutes) of a case by Gabriel Byrne’s character, Dr. Paul Weston, presented in an episode of In Treatment.

Answer the following questions:

1.      Briefly describe what are your reactions to the each family member and the whole family? What are your initial feelings and thoughts to each member and family as a whole? What are your thoughts about the therapist?
2.      What can you tell about the observed body language as well as where and how each member is sitting?
3.      What role does culture play in this case?
4.      What do you make of Sunil’s decision to not speak English?
5.      From what you can gather, what are the interactive patterns?
6.      What are the roles and role expectations for each member?
7.      What are your hypotheses about the case?
8.      How are they communicating during therapy and outside session?
9.      What is the content and process?
10. What are some strengths and positive things?
11. What are their developmental challenges during their particular life stage?
12. What do you think they can work on? What can they talk about? What are your goals as a therapist?
13. What questions do you have for the family? What is missing from the story?

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Assignment 1

1. Briefly describe what are your reactions to the each family member and the whole family? What are your initial feelings and thoughts to each member and family as a whole? What are your thoughts about the therapist?

I feel that the lead role in this family belongs to the mother. The mother does most of the work related to caring for her children. I believe that she feels frustrated for not getting enough support from her ex-husband. I also think that she feels betrayed by his re-marriage. The youngest boy seems confused by the whole situation and his low performance in school might be the outlet for his frustrations. The older boy seems detached and more independent in his emotional status compared to his younger brother. The father seems unwilling to accept the fact that he has a previous family that he needs to take care of even if that is not to his liking. I believe that this fact suggests that he might be a narcissist who only does things that are pleasant to him regardless of others. The whole family seems dysfunctional. I see the mother and the father as opposing rather than complementing figures in the lives of their children. The overall feel is disengagement. I think that the therapist chooses to stay emotionally uninvolved in the discussion. She seems like a stable figure who acts like a facilitator in the discussion.

2. From what you can gather, what are the interactive patterns?

The mother-children relationship seems to play the most dominant role in this family. Mother is on the top of the hierarchy and the role of the children is submissive. The interaction between children seems normal. On the other hand, the relationship between the father and children and/or his ex-wife seems challenged....

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