Counseling Plan for a Dysfunctional Family

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The Baylors “ I just don’t understand why my family just can’t be normal.” This is the quote that Mallorie Baylor continuously plays in her head. Mallorie Baylor is a 16-year old African American female. She currently lives with both her parents in Perach Ridge subdivision, an upper middle class neighborhood, and is a sophomore attending Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. Joseph Baylor, 58, her father, is a prominent 15-year car salesman. He has 10-12 hour workdays and is a functioning alcoholic. Alice Baylor, 49, her mother, is head RN of the C shift and has worked at the Bradford C. Humphries Medical Center for 12 years. The work schedules of the Baylors are very hectic and often leave Mallorie in the position of being home alone. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Baylor is unhealthy. When the Baylors are at home, they often end up arguing over various matters, such as Mr. Baylor’s drinking or Mrs. Taylor’s working double shifts, and most times result in physical altercations. Mallorie is an average student and has two close friends, Caitlyn, 17, and her boyfriend Thomas, 19. Mallorie met Caitlyn in middle school. They have much in common, and she lives down the street. Mallorie began dating Thomas nine months ago and admits she has fallen in love. Mrs. Baylor is very concerned about Mallorie. She indicated that she noticed change in Mallorie’s behaviors about six months ago. She stated that her grades have dropped from A’s to C’s. She found two opened condom wrappers in Mallorie’s bedroom when she went to put up her clothes. Most recently, when Mrs. Baylor dumped her trash, she noticed an empty pregnancy test box in the garbage can. Mrs. Baylor reports that Mallorie’s attitude about respecting hersel... ... middle of paper ... ...n every aspect of the family and as individuals in the family unit. 3. Critique of theory/model My critique of these theories/interventions/therapies is positive. I have personally witnessed and interacted with individuals and families who have utilized the tools in both the Social Learning Family intervention and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Their effectiveness is based on the client’s continual use of strategies learned in session. These interventions encourage and enable individuals to function at the highest-level possible giving them-motivation, a healthier outlook, positive survival, and exceptional quality of life. Bibliography Kilpatrick, Allie & Holland, Thomas. 2009. Working With Families: An Integrative Model by Level of Need. 5th ed. pg. 132-140. Shashank, Nakate. 2011. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Techniques. www.Buzzle.com.

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