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    Can you Identify an example of grief you have encountered with a client experience. (If none of your clients have experienced loss or expressed grief, use a hypothetical example).

    -What clinical themes did you observe in your work with this client? Was the current grief experience related to any events in the client's history?
    -What specific skills did you use to assist your client? How did these skills reflect the theoretical approach you were using in your work with the client?
    -How did you manage your own emotional response when working with this client? Discuss any help you received from your supervisor with this case.

    Reference your sources using standard APA guidelines.

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    (1) Can you identify an example of grief you have encountered with a client experience (If none of your clients have experienced loss or expressed grief, use a hypothetical example)?
    Grief presupposes an emotional suffering of some kind. An example of grief experienced by a client is the sudden death of a loved one. Several factors can contribute to a mood due to one's death. The research suggests that individuals may progress to grief stages at different rates. Oakes (2003) utilizes the framework of Clinical psychologist, Therese Rando (1993) to propose four phases of a therapeutic intervention to aid in the grief process during the loss of death:
    (a) The Avoidance Phase
    This phase begins at the initial occurrence of death. According to Rando's (1993 as cited in Oakes, 2003), clinical assessment, shock has set in and the mourner is experiencing a normal confused state that may consist of symptoms such as trembling, weakness and exhaustion. These physical reactions may be acute or mild, and as the shock wears of the mourners enter into denial. This "denial" is on an emotional level - not allowing oneself to feel the emotions of loss.
    (b) The Confrontation Phase
    The Confrontation Phase is characterized by behaviors that include pacing, pining and yearning, or harboring a longing for the deceased. Rando (1993 as cited in Oakes, 2003) assert that these behaviors are manifestations of separation anxiety theorized by Bowlby, 1980). Rando suggests that both children and adults experience emotional flashbacks when they feel they have been abandoned. During this phase, by becoming aware that a death has occurred, the mourner experiences intense emotional pain - sadness, anger, frustration, and loneliness.
    (c) The Accommodation Phase
    Within this phase, if a mourner selectively avoids the loss, and has experienced the pain of grieving, he or she may begin to adapt to the new circumstances and begin to focus on rebuilding his or life. As Rando (1993 as cited in Oakes, 2003) emphasizes, "redirecting emotional energy" that was used to grieve for the deceased can now be used to adapt to the new reality. This energy may involve either people or activities. Further, according to Rando, the goal of the ...

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    This solution discusses an example of grief in the context of the death of a loved one.