I am providing 2 attachments for this assignment. The first one is the instructions that are to be followed and the second one is the paper that I did the initial interview of the couple . Please choose one of the theoretical frameworks listed in the instructions and also use one of the life stressors mentioned in the instructions. The couple Bill and Jeanie are an interracial couple so please be sure to incorporate that as well.

Couple’s Interview: Notes

The following are notes from an interview between Bill and Jeanie (not their real names), who have been together for nearly 28 years and married for 23 years. Bill is White, while Jeanie is African American. They have three children together and two grandchildren: their eldest daughter is married with two young children.

Could you tell me the story about your relationship and how you arrived to where you are as a couple?

When I asked this question, Bill and Jeanie both smiled and reflected for a while. When they started talking, they began almost at the same time. This was significant for me because it shows they were both eager to talk about their history together. When Jeanie spoke about how they met, she did it with a big smile on her face while her eyes raised, almost reminiscing the moments. Jeanie and Bill met in college; Jeanie had just joined the college in which Bill was attending. She had lost her way to class, and the first person she asked for direction happened to be Bill. First forward, Bill and Jeanie got married a year after Jeanie graduated. Notably, they both lacked enthusiasm while talking about their early married life. From their narrations, it appeared that financial difficulties, as well as resistance from both their parents, played a role. However, their tone completely changed when they talked about the time they got their firstborn daughter. They lightened up and looked at each other constantly as they narrated their experience.

All couples have struggles, would you be willing to share one of yours? Tell me how you handled it, how you managed it as a couple.

Bill and Jeanie faced resistance to get married from both their parents. Their parents had reservations about interracial marriages. Even after they got married, their parents still disapproved of their marriage. To compound their situation, they faced financial difficulties early on in their marriage. At one point, Bill and Jeanie could not afford the rent for their apartment, and none of them was willing or comfortable to ask for help from relatives. Bill notes that they were miserable. However, they never blamed each other. In fact, they found solace and comfort in each other. Jeanie comments that they both knew that somehow, they would get out of their situation; she says, “we were willing to be patient.” Notably, they had built their ability to be patient early on in their relationship while still in college. I think this ability to be patient with each other and with circumstances has really worked well for Bill and Jeanie.

Couples don’t accidentally stay married as long as you have. What do you think are your strengths as a couple? Do you have examples?

According to Bill and Jeanie, they have individual strengths as well as strengths as a couple that has sustained them for 23 years in marriage. As a couple, Bill and Jeanie have the ability to be patient with each other as well as with difficult situations. A case in point is during their early marriage financial difficulties. Jeanie notes that their ability to be patient enables them to face challenges as well as address disagreements and solve misunderstandings. Moreover, Bill and Jeanie point out that tolerance has played a crucial role. Tolerance means they are both able to tolerate each other’s weaknesses and mistakes.

How do you image your future as a couple?

When I asked this question, Bill and Jeanie answered in unison, “grow old together and die together.” This statement appeared simple, but it carries a lot of information. As much as they want to grow old together, non-of them wants to be without the other in their old age. Additionally, Bill and Jeanie hope to have many more grandchildren. They also hope to have good health as they age together.

Are you working on something in your relationship? What? How are you doing that?

Bill and Jeanie mentioned that they were working on a way to resolve conflicts or disagreements efficiently. They had realized that due to their ability to be patient and tolerant, they end up not solving some things, particularly disagreements, which build up over time. Consequently, they had developed “guidelines” for handling conflicts in their life. In their guidelines, they will not yell at each other however much-angered one felt. Secondly, they were required to calmly resolve the disagreement by listening to each other’s opinions without judging (and this required that they be honest and speak their mind). They mentioned that they had tried this several times, and it has worked tremendously. They had even added another rule to resolve conflicts when they occurred and not any other day.

Some research suggests that cultivating and maintaining friendship in a marriage is very important. Could you tell me how you relate as friends? Has that changed over time?

Bill and Jeanie’s relationship began as friendship before it progressed. They mention that marriage for them was just a natural progression from their friendship since college. While in college, their friendship was based on small but pivotal moments and experiences. They provided solutions for each other. They could depend on each other.  It is this form of friendship that they carried over into their marriage. They have always been a team, facing obstacles together, which is exemplified when their marriage faced resistance from their relatives. Notably, from hearing Bill and Jeanie’s story, they seemingly create small, seemingly mundane moments which help strengthen their friendship. They note that nothing has changed in how they relate as friends. In fact, it has only intensified. They increasingly depend on each other for even the very small things.

Case Study Paper Assignment Instructions

 

Overview

You will complete a treatment plan based upon your recorded couple interview from Module 1: Week 1 and Module 2: Week 2. The recording will be analyzed and then evaluated from one of the theoretical frameworks emphasized in this course (Gottman, EFT, or Solution-Focused).  The student will use the theory as a guide for the development of a Treatment Plan. If need be, the student will impose a theoretical crisis onto the couple for the purpose of applying the theory to treatment. This could be a death in the family, an affair, or a major life stressor such as a job loss or foreclosure. The paper will be a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 14 pages of content.  The paper will consist of the selected Theory overview, Case Conceptualization, to include diagnostic elements as well as clinical elements, a treatment plan based upon the selected theoretical model and a conclusion. The paper should be written entirely in third person.

 

Instructions

Specifically, the paper should be broken down into 5 sections – Intro, Theory Overview, Case Conceptualization, Treatment Plan and Conclusion. These sections should address the following:

 

Couple introduction – Introduce the couple giving relevant biographical information such as age, length of marriage, known family history, etc.

 

Theory overview – Introduce your theory and explain its approach to treatment in a “big picture” way identifying key concepts and goals. A good way to do this is to identify key terms used in the theory such as “sound relationship house” and briefly explain what it is and how it is used. If a theory has specific goals or stages, list them. This section should be no more than two pages in length so it would be helpful to not get into the “weeds” with certain concepts but to keep the big picture in mind. For example, you would want to address “How does this theory conceptualize problems in a marriage?” “What are its key components/stages?” “How is treatment done?” A strong understanding of the theory will most likely lead to strong application. A weak understanding of the theory will likely lead to all other sections of the paper being weak and the greatest chance of doing poorly on the paper. One helpful tip would be to seek out other sources and even videos of people discussing the theory you selected.

 

Case Conceptualization – Here you discuss the dynamics of the couple from your interview in relation to the theory (keeping their identities private). A good way to do this is to take the key concepts from your previous section and explain how your couple relates to those concepts. For example, if your theory has within it the concept of “friendship” as a conceptual and treatment goal explain how your couple maintains their friendship. This could be good or bad. Addressing this would be discussed in the Treatment planning section. If you chose to apply a theoretical crisis onto the couple you will note their presenting condition or chief complaint. In other words, what brings them into therapy? In this conceptualization you will list any assessments you will use. If you are applying a theoretical crisis to the couple then you could extrapolate what the results might be. Any extrapolation would need to be consistent with the couple’s dynamics from the interview. In other words if you assume something onto the results, there should be some evidence of this in your interview. You may even find this material in your previous discussion boards where you were analyzing the couple interview in relation to the Gottman training. It would be allowed in this section to discuss any diagnosis or clinical elements that would relate to this crisis and this couple. For instance, if the couple struggled with depression in the past, this new stressor could trigger another episode. This section should be around four to 6 pages in length.

 

Treatment Plan – In this section you will identify a treatment strategy consistent with the theory you selected. Here you may summarize the overall treatment goals and apply techniques. This should be specific to the couple at hand and not overly generalized. This section should be between two and four pages in length.

 

Conclusion – In this section you will very briefly summarize the paper and comment on any concerns or thoughts you may have on the expected outcome of treatment and use of the theory with this couple. This section can be a half page to one full page of the paper.

 

 

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