Social Therapy Case Study

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
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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 …show more content…
creating a context for change, 2. challenging old patterns and expanding alternatives, and 3. consolidation (2016). The first component focuses on building a safe rapport with the client and therapist. Individuals have a constant sense of lost and fear of re-victimization. The client moves at their individual pace to disclose old patterns and develops new ones with the therapist’s assistance. The therapist will use a TF-CBT approach during sessions to challenge cognitive, emotions, feelings, and behaviors. In the consolidation phase, Ian’s father and girlfriend unite for psychoeducation and discuss the outcomes to treatment. This is a safe environment to communicate areas of concern and strength-building

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