Not only is it important to know what these skills are, it is also important to know what the appropriate and inappropriate uses are. It is also important to self-reflect on your use of these skills, and whether it is a strength or something to continue to work to improve on. Paraphrasing is a skill that is used to restate a client’s message using your own words. In this way a social worker can check to see if
Using homework will also help the family start to change their behavior which can lead to more flexibility with the family. The therapist can then use paradoxical intervention which can cause a change in the family. The therapist uses the first session to gain the trust and understanding with the family so that will listen and work with the therapist. Strategic family therapy seeks to change the family dynamic on multiple levels that may contradict one
While assessing this family I would use a number of variables to consider in order to benefit their lives. This family has issues, some which they may be completely unaware of, but regardless there needs to be better communication between the family, me as a social worker, and the school teachers. One of the variables I would first consider is the way I approach them. Especially with a family who is timid or embarrassed of who others may assume them to be, it is important to approach them in a friendly and non-judgmental way. According to chapter 5 notes on culturally competent skills, it is important to approach your clients with acceptance and respect no matter what or where they have came from.
However, issues may arise if the family is reluctant to participate in family therapy especially because there is a misunderstanding that family therapy is about blaming parents. However, family therapy helps families come up with different interventions that can help the child. In order to avoid these issues, clear and effective communication is essential to ensure parents do not feel blamed for the student’s behaviors. Lee & Bax (2000) explained that following parents’ separation, children may regress, display anxiety and depressive symptoms, appear more irritable, demanding and noncompliant, and experience problems in social relationships and school performance. It’s important for students and parents to be educated about parental separation/divorce in order to help the student cope with the range of emotions and
You need to be able to compromise when you are not in favour of what the other wants to do. These are all skills that you need in order to lead to a healthy relationship. There are several ways to deal with unhealthy relationships. You can try to talk to and discuss any problems you are having with your partner, face to face. If that does not work and you need a third person’s view on the situation, you can go to couples’ counselling.
Some of the factors th... ... middle of paper ... ...unable to adapt to different stages when they move on. Some theories teach us the reasons something happened and how to deal with the problem in family such as the structural family therapy model and communication theory model. I believe different socio cultural factors between two families can create problem. Sometimes humans feel deficit when their economic status is unequal to others. Also, sometimes when they are from a different race and culture.
This types of comments are understood to be distasteful, but are said to force the family to think differently about the current family dynamic. Forcing the family to think unconventionally may unlocked emotions and provide new perspective on the dysfunctional roles that are currently being played between family members. In addition, the use of role reversals between family members can allow for insight to what the emotions or feelings that the other is interpreting along with the intentions and outcomes that exist. These interventions are subject to the experiences in the sessions allowing for the here-and-now perspective to be the catalyst in therapy. Also because there is a therapist’s use of self, interventions by the way of personal stories and metaphors are used to related more to the family as a primary goal to become integrated in the family dynamic.
“The ability to carefully listen is critical in social work skill because you want to hear the client’s situation as she or he has experienced it, which might be different form your expectations” (Birkenmaier & Weger, 2013). This shows that as Joseph might be there for the help in low-income housing, they might also be there to seek other help that the client does not know how to present. In the case of Joseph showing up with bruises might be a sign of him wanting the social worker to view them and to observe them in order to seek help
When one member is anxious, the anxiety may spread to others in the family and escalate, leaving the family members overwhelmed or isolative. Differentiation of Self Bowen’s theory also describes a person’s ability to think and reflect, rather than respond emotionally, as differentiation of self (Nichols, 2010). Differentiation is the process of a person freeing himself from the family process to define himself. This means being able to be emotionally connected with family members... ... middle of paper ... ...to fix the relationship, but instead stays neutral and asks questions to help the family discover their own roles in the problem. In Minuchin’s structural model, the therapist changes behaviors by opening alternative patterns of interaction within the family structure (Nichols, 2010).
Advocate Stance of Curiosity As the therapist, it is our job to be curious and investigators because otherwise clients will not reveal enough. “Practitioners may find it helpful to ask questions informed by an awareness…” (Knudson-Martin & Mahoney, 2009, p. 59). By asking informed questions about how a client’s present “patterns of behavior” have been maintained, therapists can help them define what kind of relationships they want. Asking these educated questions, issues can become externalized and shown as an illustration of larger problems outside them and their control. This curiosity is brought about through vulnerability and self-honesty by part of the client.