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Reflect on your process of assessing the family via interviewing, systemic assessing, and applying of theory to the family.

Address an area you view as a strength in your skills of interviewing and analysis.

Assess where you may encounter issues (countertransference) and how you might respond to these issues, including any legal or ethical dilemmas that might arise because of them.

Show self-awareness, depth, and substance in your assessment of these areas of consideration.


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• Your abstract should indicate your topic of reference (i.e., what will be discussed in your paper), You could say something to the effect:
"This study provides personal reflections of responding to questions in a Family Counseling interview utilizing a Family Systems approach. This discussion is focused on the techniques used to respond to issues in interviewing such as countertransference, including the related and legal implications related to the interviewer's response. Research suggests that individuals cannot be understood in isolation, and functions as a unit. This paper introduces a family and describes the interviewing strategy used. Solution-Focused therapy (SFT) has implications for solving the family's problem, and is recommended as a therapeutic method"

• There should be no references cited in your abstract
• Don't capitalize the "of" on your cover page

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*Family System therapy became popular in the l960's and 1970 as a counseling method focused on the family as a "functioning unit" within the context of therapy (Bartle-Haring, Lal & Probst, 2004). Based on this process, the therapist seeks to understand how individuals function in relation to each other. The role of the Family therapist is to create an environment by which all members of the family feel secure in the intervention process. Individuals cannot be well understood in isolation from one another. The notion that individuals cannot be well understood in isolation provides the framework for a therapeutic model in which individuals are interconnected and interdependent within a family system (Trepper, 1985). An action in any one part of the system will affect all the other parts of the system. Thus, none of the members can be understood when isolated from the system.

Family case study

As an example, in the following case study G. W Gaskin died of a major heart attack at the age of 74 year. He and his wife separated before his son, Calvin was born. Therefore, he did not have a good relationship with his son. In addition, to make matters worse, a year later Gaskin and Lorene divorced, and he began a relationship with a new family. Until her death, Lorene, a seamstress by trade, maintained a close relationship with son, Calvin, his wife and grandchild, Tamara. However, at the time of death, Lorene was living with several illnesses including diabetes, obesity, cancer and smoking-related problems. She died of cancer in l978. Calvin and his wife both worked outside of the home. He as a janitor, and until her death, Toni worked as a nurse and bookkeeper. . She died at the age of 53 from a blood clot in the brain. Toni suffered from a number of ailments; she was a smoker, smoker, obese, diabetic, and suffered from heart disease and high blood pressure. In addition Toni had a hostile relationship with her mother (Wynona) and father 68-year old Andrew was a retired major from the air force who at 68 suffered from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and complications from smoking... He died ...

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