What are the client’s strengths and how can you apply these strengths to appropriate interventions?
Romeos strengths are the ability to open up to the clinician about his attempted suicides, his gang involvement, and drug use. Another strength of Romeos is his desire to improve his life.
By telling Romeo his strengths, the clinician can help Romeo put them into perspective and help support him.
Using three different appropriate interview techniques, identify each technique as you work towards appropriate interventions with the client. To do this you will need to develop a brief dialogue. Remember to consider any ethical and cultural issues. Note these at the end of your dialogue.
Me: Romeo, what would you like to focus on today? (Tried and True Questioning)
Romeo: I don’t like the fact that I want to kill myself.
Me: You seem agitated and ready for a change in life! (Sustaining Technique)
Romeo: Yes I’m tired of the way I’m living. I have nothing which makes me feel depressed.
Me: What connections do you see between your lifestyle and your mood? (Elaboration)
Romeo: When I smoke I’m calm. If I don’t smoke, then I’m agitated. If I have money I feel important. If I don’t have money I feel depressed.
What goals would you want to work the client on based on the information available? Explain why you chose those goals and how you think they will help meet the client's needs. Tip: remember that goals are different from case tasks and referrals you might make to benefit the client and their situation.
Some goals that Romeo and I could work towards together would be improving his self-esteem and confidence. I also want to help Romeo figure out who he really is and the direction in life he wants to go. Another goal we can work towards would be getting Romeo to express his emotions and feelings more.
Case Study 2: Gladys
Gladys is a 25-year-old Vietnamese stay-at-home mother who has been married for 7 years and has three children by...