Reframing Case Study Essay

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Reframing is used to present an alternative possible explanation of an experience. This technique seeks to help the client to create a positive interpretation to negative behaviours (Collins, Jordan & Coleman, 2013). I would use reframing to help my clients to see the behaviours in a different context. From Alan’s side, he views Amanda as unreasonable and unappreciative. Alan felt that the best care for Angelina was within the family and his mother offered to help. Yet, Amanda insisted on sending Angelina to the child care centre. Moreover, Amanda comments angered Alan when she mentioned about possible disputes between Mdm. Loh and Joan. I would acknowledge Alan’s frustration and suggest to Alan that Amanda respect their relationship. Therefore, …show more content…
Amanda might feel that her concerns are valid and she hopes that Alan would understand. Instead, Alan lashed out at her, which she felt that it was uncalled for. Amanda might also feel that Alan was selfish as he discussed the child care arragement without her knowledge. I would acknowledge Amanda’s disappointment. I would suggest to Amanda that Alan was attentive to details. Not only did he approach his mother, he had made plans to hire a domestic helper. I would also suggest that Alan’s actions reflect that he is thoughtful. He did not want Amanda to stress about the care arrangement. Thus, he took up the responsibility of looking into the arrangements. Through reframing, it shows that Alan and Amanda have good intent, but their actions and words are not reflecting them. Hence, reframing aims to show them new ways of viewing negative behaviours.
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This focus is in accordance with the fourth principle of the Strengths Perspectives, “We best serve clients by collaborating with them” (Saleebey, 2013, p.19). Therefore, my first task would be to collaborate with Alan and Amanda. I would request they share their definition of the situation and explore their desired outcome. They could talk about their mutual wish for their relationship to improve and address their differences in parenting. Their sharing would allow me to assess and have a comprehensive understanding of them. During assessment, it is vital to discover the clients’ strengths and resources (Early & GlenMaye,2000). This follows the first principle of the Strengths Perspectives, “Every individual, group, family and community has strengths” (Saleebey, 2013, p.17). Often, clients are preoccupied with their problems and neglect that they have resources and strengths. I would, therefore, collaborate with my clients to discover their strengths and resources that they can potentially utilise to address their

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