The Importance Of Filial Therapy

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When the client arrived to the second session, the client threw a tantrum because she did not want to be in therapy. This therapist just observed the client from a safe distance. Then, Tory began to hit her head against the wall, and scratching her nails on the wall. The therapist decided to call the client’s mother. The client’s mother attempted to calm Tory without any success. Tory’s father later intervened without any success, either. Siegel and Bryson (2011) mentioned that attempting to talk or getting angry with children who are throwing a downstairs tantrums just enrages them more because they are using their Amygdala. The client was not going to respond to any verbal redirection because Tory was overwhelmed with her emotions. The client …show more content…
Filial therapy has the purpose to facilitate the healing of the family system by training and supervising caregivers as they focus on the problem on hand (VanFleet, 2014). Tory’s parents learned to recognize and manage downstairs tantrums. They also learned how to build healthy attachment with Tory by using play. Moreover, Tory’s parents learned to encourage and not praise. Also, they understood the impact of the negative messages that they were giving her. Tory’s parents learned to set limits. And, they learned to have a more accurate recognition of Tory’s …show more content…
Tory’s parents are currently separated. She is currently living with her mother and her sister. Tory sees her father over the weekends. Tory burned her leg when she was five years old. She does not struggle at school, and is able to make friends. Tory’s parents brought her to therapy because she constantly has tantrums, and does not follow directions. The goal of treatment is that the client’s tantrums will decrease in intensity and duration, and Tory will be able to follow directions in a more effective manner. This therapist used filial therapy to facilitate the healing of the entire family system. With filial therapy, Tory’s parents learned about the brain, the importance of using play to attach, encouragement, the impact of the negative messaging, limit setting, and recognition of emotions. The outcome of the intervention is that Tory’s parents acquired important tools to help Tory emotionally regulate, and build a healthy relationship with her. For future treatment, the family system needs to be treated as a whole. Also, Tory’s parents have to be able to negotiate relationships and responsibilities, now that they are divorced. In addition, Tory had two diagnoses that dismiss her traumatic experience. Future work needs to take into account her traumatic

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