This paper focuses on SOCW 6121: Advanced Clinical Practice II week one and two and three discussion. Murray Bowen is one of the most respected family theorists in the field of family therapy.
SOCW 6121: Advanced Clinical Practice II week one and two
Discussion 2: Family Theory
Murray Bowen is one of the most respected family theorists in the field of family therapy. Bowen views the family unit as complex and believes it is important to understand the interactions among the members in order to solve problems. Satir and Minuchin also advanced family therapy with their concepts and models. As a clinical social worker, using these models (along with having an ecological perspective) can be very effective in helping clients.
For this Discussion, review the “Petrakis Family” case history and video session.
By Day 4
Post (using two concepts of Bowen’s family theory) a discussion and analysis of the events that occurred after Alec moved in with his grandmother up until Helen went to the hospital. If you used the concepts of structural family therapy, how would your analysis of the situation be different? Also, Which family theory did you find to be most helpful in your analysis? Finally, indicate whether Satir’s or Minuchin’s model is the more strength-based model. Why?
Discussion 1: Family Assessment
The first step in helping a client is conducting a thorough assessment. The clinical social worker must explore multiple perspectives in order to develop a complete understanding of the situation. From this understanding, the social worker is able to recognize the client’s strengths and develop effective strategies for change.
For this Discussion, review the “Cortez Family” case history.
By Day 3
Post your description of how micro-, mezzo-, or macro-levels of practice aid social workers in assessing families. Assess Paula Cortez’s situation using all three of these levels of practice. Additionally, identify two strengths and/or solutions in each of these levels.
Describe the value in strength-based solutions.
Discussion 2: Circumplex Model
Understanding the level of cohesion of a family system is important in order to determine an effective treatment plan. Olson (2000) developed the Circumplex Model, which has been used in the areas of marital therapy and with families dealing with terminal illness.
For this Discussion, you again draw on the “Cortez Family” case history.
By Day 4
Post your description of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems and how it serves as a framework to assess family systems. Apply this framework in assessing the Cortez family. Furthermore, Use the three dimensions (cohesion, flexibility, and communication) of this model to assess and analyze. Finally, Describe how assessing these dimensions assists the social worker in treatment planning.