Description of Client System Selected
Kellie White is a divorced, female U.S. Navy veteran that served on active duty for six years. She is a single mother of a five year old. Kellie separated from military service eleven months ago, and she came to the Arlington Vet Center, a satellite agency of the Department of Veteran Affairs, to discover what counseling benefits she is eligible for under the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). During the initial session, we reviewed her eligibility for counseling benefits under TAP and determined that she has three weeks of TAP eligibility left due to her separating from active duty eleven months ago. With her eligibility confirmed, I asked Kellie what would be the best use of our limited time
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She wakes up at 6 a.m. to get her child ready for school and dropping him off, she returns home and sleeps from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Kellie spends the afternoon hours watching television and communicating with friends on social media. At 3 p.m., she picks up her child from school and upon returning home, attempts to complete her on-line class requirements prior to making dinner and spending time with her child before he goes to bed. Kellie admits to excessive use of caffeinated beverages throughout the day and evening to combat the fatigue she feels. Her weekend schedule consists of staying up late with leisure activities, to include allowing her child to stay up late, and both sleeping in to 10 a.m.. In the past, she has never had this problem before stating, “I was out like a light by 10 o’clock every night.” She has not been diagnosed with a medical conditions, such as military post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep apnea, etc., that may cause poor sleep quality. Together, we determined that her poor sleeping routine was at the root of her concern and we developed goals for her to achieve. Kellie wishes to receive 6-8 hours of sleep each night, which would allow her to perform better in her classes and still have time to complete various job search tasks and spend time with her child.
Description of Targeted Problem
Historically, much research has been conducted on sleep difficulties and poor sleep hygiene. Individuals with