For this assignment, I choose to work with a 24 year old male who currently reports struggling with balancing both his work and personal life. As an actuarial analyst, he is required to take a series of exams throughout his professional career in order to achieve the official title of an Actuary. According to him, the exams take up a great deal of his time, and he is unable to partake in any events that he enjoys. In addition to taking these exams, he was recently married last year and feels as though he is not able to have a healthy relationship with his significant other due to his lack of time. He reported experiencing angry outburst towards his partner at home due to his inability to effectively express his emotions. …show more content…
The targets were identified as follows:
Target 1: Reduce angry outburst towards spouse from 6 times per day to 2 times per day
Target 2: Increase hours of sleep from 5 hours per night to 9 hours per night
Target 3: Decrease physical symptoms of stress from a 9 on the individualized rating scale to a 4.
IV. Monitoring Procedures
Multiple methods were used to monitor the client’s target behaviors. I choose to use three different methods: Interactive log, unobtrusive measure, and individualized rating scale. I choose each method for various reasons. First, focusing on the target behavior of reducing angry outburst towards his spouse, I decided to use an interactive log to help the client track when these outbursts were occurring and to identify what elements may be influencing the occurrence of this unwanted …show more content…
While I found the method of using a log to be useful, in the future I would most likely alter it in some ways to better fit the client I am working with. I found the interactive log to ask some questions that were not necessary for my specific client. I did omit some questions from the log, but I would have liked to get the opinion of my client as to the questions he thought were pertinent to increase participant buy-in. In addition, I would also find ways to involve the client’s spouse as he reported having angry outburst directed specifically at his partner. I would perhaps ask her to keep a log as well to cross-reference how they both perceive the interaction between one another. I imagine that the client’s spouse may perceive his outburst to be different given the fact that they are on the receiving end of the behavior. This information would have been useful to analyze ways in which I could help the family system as a whole, with the hopes of ultimately relieving stress for the primary client. In short, I would change the involvement of the spouse as collateral and to help change the client’s home environment as a