As an alternative to the case conceptualization, you may choose to analyze a videotape. This will allow you to put your understanding of theory into practice. This assignment is very similar to our tape reviews in class, although there we reviewed a brief segment, rather than a whole interview. Of course, your work will be based on the whole interview rather than just a segment, as we have done in class.
Your paper must consist of four sections. These are:
- Brief biography. This section should include: (a) a brief description of the client including demographic variables (e.g, sex, gender, race, etc.) and contextual variables that describe him or her (e.g., recent divorce, history of sexual abuse, etc.); (b) the client's worldview; and (c) the client's relative strengths and weaknesses (i.e., verbal, motivated, passive, college educated, etc.). I understand that you may not have as much detail as you might otherwise have, but use whatever information is available on the tape.
- Theoretical model. Briefly describe this theoretical model. What does the model generally see as the cause of problems? How might these play out with this particular client?
- Practice. This section should include two things: (a) how the theory is put into practice with this particular client, and (b) the particular strengths and weaknesses of the therapist both relative to work within the theory and general listening skills. For the latter, you may want to focus on things like the therapist's ability to build rapport with the client and listen carefully and empathically to the client's concerns. Make sure, as you do this, that you focus on the client's responses to the therapist's reactions. Not all clients are the same; how does this client seem to respond to this client?
- Reference section. This section should document your ideas about the theoretical system and the practice within the interview. You should have approximately five to ten references.
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