In all likelihood, developmental and life transition issues will form the core of your work as a marriage, couple, and family counselor. These issues are those that couples and families typically encounter through common day-to-day living and may include being newly married, having a child, or sending a youngest child off into his or her own adulthood. They also may include common stressors such as divorce, job loss, or death of a family member, just to name a few. Individuals across all cultures experience developmental and life transition issues in one way or another, and you likely will find yourself sitting across from a couple or family experiencing a similar life event to one you have encountered in your own life.
Despite the universality of many developmental and life transition issues, you should still keep in mind that there is no one way to experience a divorce, death, or job loss, nor is there one way to clinically encounter and assist a couple or family experiencing such issues. Different theoretical orientations may suggest different ways for addressing various scenarios, and you may have to modify your chosen theoretical orientation to work effectively with different clients. For this Discussion, choose one life transition or developmental issue, and consider how you might modify your theoretical orientation or infuse interventions from other theories in order to address this issue.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief description of the life transition/developmental issue you selected and your chosen theoretical orientation. Then, explain how you might modify the interventions of your chosen theoretical orientation to work effectively with the client(s) experiencing the issue you selected. Finally, explain the significant aspects of the life transition/developmental issue that influence how you would modify the application of your chosen theoretical orientation.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Please note: These films are not available through Walden Library. Contact your instructor if you are unable to obtain a copy independently.
Please select, obtain, and view one of the following movies to use with this week’s Application Assignment:
Movie: Benton, R. (Director). (1979). Kramer vs. Kramer [Motion picture]. [With D. Hoffman, M. Streep, & J. Alexander]. United States: Columbia Pictures.
Movie: Reiner, R. (Director). (1999). The story of us [Motion picture]. [With B. Willis, M. Pfeiffer, & C. Renison]. United States: Universal.
Movie: Carlino, L. J. (Director). (1979). The great Santini [Motion picture]. [With R. Duvall, B. Danner, & M. O’Keefe]. United States: Warner Bros. & Orion Pictures.
Course Text: Gurman, A. S., Lebow, J. L., & Snyder, D. (2015). Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Chapter 15, “Couple Therapy and the Treatment of Affairs”
Chapter 16, “Separation and Divorce Issues in Couple Therapy
Article: Gibson, D. M. (2008). Relationship betrayal and the influence of religious beliefs: A case illustration of couples counseling. The Family Journal, 16(4), 344–350. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Article: Gordon, K. C., Baucom, D. H., & Snyder, D. K. (2004). An integrative intervention for promoting recovery from extramarital affairs. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30(2), 213–31. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Article: Murray, C. E., Kardatzke, K. N. (2009). Addressing the needs of adult children of divorce in premarital counseling: Research-based guidelines for practice. The Family Journal, 17(2), 126–133.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Book: Bitter, J. R., Long, L. L., & Young, M. E. (2010). Introduction to marriage, couple, and family counseling. Mason, OH: Cengage.
Chapter 14, “Parenting for the 21st Century”
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