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Objects-Relation Theory

Read the vignette, "Couple," below and asses this couple from an Object Relations perspective.

*How would the presenting problem be conceptualized from this perspective?
◦What are some examples of interventions from this perspective?
◦Describe the role of the counselor from this perspective.

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Vignette: Couple

David and Martha, a Hispanic couple in their mid-thirties who recently immigrated to the United States, sought out treatment to discuss issues and concerns pertaining to reunification with their 13-year-old son. Up until 2 years ago, the couple and their three children resided in a cult. While in the cult system, the couple reportedly signed over custody of their oldest son to his grandparents, due to the son being labeled as "deviant" in the cult society. However, while the son was in the custody of the grandparents, his uncle sexually abused him. Since then, the son has been placed in seven foster homes and has been labeled by the foster care system as "defiant" and "disruptive"

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(1) How would the presenting problem be conceptualized from this perspective

The ORT theory is a contemporary understanding of the psychoanalysis or Freud's (1926; 1962) theory on the unconscious and individual mind. Moreover, Freud's theory on psychoanalysis primarily focused on unconscious. Zornig and Levy (2011) presents a contemporary view of psychoanalysis in which the child is placed in a "holding" environment that offers the love and attention that she is missing at home. According to Zornig & Levy (2011), ORT emphasizes the importance of maternal care, and the continuation of self during infancy; including facilitating the child's capacity to form emotional ties (p. 30). This constitutes a "physical reality" in the midst of maternal distress" [i.e., physical, or emotional absence of the mother]. Given the case study, the son has experienced living in a cult, he has been sexually abused, and spent time in several foster homes. Further, according to McKinley and Morse, (2011), disruptive behavior (DBB) can be extended over a period of time. If left untreated, these deviant behaviors can escalate over time and elevate the child's risk of developing other ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses a specific case in child abuse from the perspective of the Objects-Relations Theory.

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