Sft and Cbt Essays

1899 Words Dec 19th, 2007 8 Pages
I. Introduction

The paper will be used to further explore intervention approaches and treatment options for the client I did my case presentation on and also a process recording, Amanda. The information presented about Amanda is information gathered during the intake assessment, family discussions, and individual family sessions. The two theories that have been researched and will be used throughout this paper are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Structural Family Therapy (SFT) because both theories are able to address the issues Amanda is presenting. These theories will be critiqued based upon research in journal articles and readings from class. Then the theories will be applied to Amanda's case based upon the
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Conceptualizing homework compliance as a stable construct appears problematic because emerging data suggest clients' behavior in completing homework tends to be inconsistent (Gaynor, Lawrence, Nelson-Gray 2006). In exploring a strengths based perspective this theory/model of therapy focuses on eliminating negative feelings and perceptions and use the strengths of the individual as a concentration in therapy. The clinician will help empower the client to overcome or manage the problems they are experiencing, head on and accentuate the positive characteristics of the client to improve chances of success. In providing therapy it is important to have a tool to measure the success or need for improvement of treatment. For CBT there are a few ways to evaluate effectiveness. One could be a depression or anxiety assessment at the beginning of the sessions, half way through, and then at the end to note any changes or lack of. The client could journal on the completion of homework assignments and their reaction to the assignments in conjunction to the individual therapy sessions. Finally, self-report from the client is another tool that can be used for evaluation. The other approach in working with this client is Structural Family Therapy (SFT). SFT provides a theory for family structure and family process. According to Schulman (2006), when working with families, one should take several factors into account. First families

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