Case Study Of Ian And The Juvenile Justice System
Ian is an eighteen year old male, referred by the Juvenile Justice system for therapeutic counseling due to his conviction as a sexual offender. As a social worker reading Ian case file, Ian’s case history starts after his mother’s death when he was five-years old. Ian’s sister and her husband moved into the family home to assist Ian’s father with his care. While in the home, Ian’s brother-n-law murdered his 18-month old daughter, Ian’s niece. Ian mistakenly confessed to the crime because he hit his niece earlier with a toy. After an investigation, Ian’s brother-n-law was found guilty, and he is currently serving a 25-year prison term. Ian’s brother-n-law does not correspond with the family, and it was later determined he was on the sex offender’s registry when he moved into the family home. Ian’s sister moved out the family home after the incident, and Ian’s father parented Ian alone.
Ian’s father, David, did not verbally discuss his emotions about the traumatic life events with Ian, but they maintained a close interaction with one another. David provided Ian with a stable home in a safe …show more content…
This communication establishes a rapport, based on Ian’s pace to disclose information (Walsh, 2014). The social worker will explore areas of Ian’s childhood, trauma, relationships (current and past), cognition, and physical symptoms (Bland, 2010). The social worker facilitated each session with a strengths perspective and an empowerment approach to therapy (Kolk, 2005). The social worker will use several tools to access the information via a Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach (TF-CBT). This CBT model focuses on the symptoms associated with trauma such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and behavior disorders (Force, 2008). The social worker chose this model from Ian’s prior history of suspected sexual abuse and his violent past sexual offender behaviors (Ferguson et al