Family Intervention

Having read the “What Not to Do” corner, look for one or several episodes of “Reality Therapy” talk shows which exemplify the discussed what-not-to-do principles (asking too many or closed questions and name calling). TV and Youtube are full of examples of what you, as a family therapist, should avoid (e.g., Dr. Phil’s interview with Dina Lohan, etc.). Find either one show that represents both principles or two or more shows that represent one principle each.

Write a 2-page analysis ( excluding cover and reference pages) of the therapist behavior you have observed. In your paper, include who the therapist and client were and the overall goal of the intervention. Also include the URL if the video was accessed online so the instructor may watch the same video to provide appropriate feedback to your work.

First, factually describe the therapist’s behavior and the client’s reactions. The description should be neutral and should include only facts (e.g., the therapist said the client was lying, the client tilted his head down and started crying). In this section of the paper, you are describing only what you observed (not your assumptions or emotional reactions to the therapy session).

In the second section of the paper, analyze the effect of the therapist’s behavior on the overall intervention goal. Analyze possible reasons for the methods chosen by the therapist and suggest what feelings the methods might have caused in the client.

As the conclusion, suggest how the situation should have been handled and give the reasoning behind your suggestions.