Theoretical Model and Interventions

Theoretical Model and Interventions
For this assignment, you will complete the Theoretical Model and Interventions media activity, which is linked in the Resources. The purpose of this project is to provide you with an opportunity to review and reflect on your understanding of one of the theories studied (Multigenerational, Strategic, Structural, or Solution-focused) and apply this knowledge with a family. At the conclusion of your activity, save the PDF file, then use these notes to address the following questions providing 1–2 pages of reflection for each in a MS Word document, and submit it into the assignment area.

You have learned about 4 family counseling models. Identify one of these four theoretical models you would use with this family and provide a brief overview of the model. Why was this model chosen?

How does the theory you chose inform how you view the family and their issues?

How does this theory view the stance of the counselor with this family?

How does this theory view what change would look like with this family?

What interventions from this theory might you use with this family, and why (List 3)?

From the view of this theory, what would be happening differently in this family after a successful therapeutic process?

Submission Requirements

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.

Number of resources: Minimum of three scholarly resources.

Length of paper: Minimum of 8–12 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding the cover page and reference page.

Before you submit your work, review the scoring guide to make sure you have met all the criteria and then submit your PDF to the assignment area. Plagiarism on any written work will result in a zero grade on the work, and a case management report will be filed regarding the incident.
Emily Reyes (37)
Emily is a paralegal working for an attorney. A Des Moines native, she has two children, Sam (15) and Cass (12), from her previous wedding to Ken Wolter. She is currently married to Felipe Reyes. Though nominally Catholic, Emily doesn’t regularly attend church.
“I love Felipe, but I’m really starting to have my doubts about if this is going to work. I can’t have my son living in such an angry environment. I worry about what this is doing to Sam. And I know it’s bothering him a lot; he doesn’t just talk to me about it, he’s been talking to his father, and now Ken’s making noises about trying to get full custody of Sam and Cass because he thinks they’re in an abusive environment. We worked so hard to get to a custody situation we could all live with, and now it’s blowing up.
I know that Sam can be difficult! God, do I know. He spends all his time plugged into video games, and he gets so excitable and angry when he’s playing. But I also know that this is how he copes with the world, and he’s been through a lot. This is his way of spending time with his friends, and when I talk to other moms, I can hear pretty clearly that this is just what social life is like for boys now.
I keep hoping that Felipe and I can talk this out, but I don’t know. I’m starting to lose faith in that.”
Felipe Reyes (49)
Felipe, Emily’s current husband, is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He currently works for a food distributor, delivering and stocking shelves at grocery stores. Felipe is a fairly serious Catholic.
“Want me to be honest? I guess I’ve never liked Sam. I’ve tried real hard, because I love his mother. When Emily and I were dating, I thought Sam and I would get used to each other. You know, I thought it’d be kind of cool to just suddenly have a son, once he learned some manners. But that never happened, and the more I get to know him, the more I can see what a disrespectful little snot he can be. He’s disrespectful to Emily just about every time he opens his mouth, and it makes me crazy. Especially the way she handles it, where she acts more like his sister than his mother. It’s not right, and it’s no way to raise a boy.
He never cleans up after himself. He gets home from school and just plays video games and eats snacks. Then he gets up and leaves plates and cups everywhere. I like to have the living room tidy… I’ve lived in some places that weren’t so nice, so I like to show proper respect for the nice place we live in now, you know?
So yeah, we had a blowup the other week. What was I supposed to do? Sam was all sprawled out in a pile of mess in the living room, and I decided I’d had enough of it. So I calmly asked him to pause his game and pick up his plates. He got pissed and started cussing me out. And that’s not OK. Maybe I’m not his father, but I’m also not his peer and I guess I’m not one of his video game friends. He’s in the house that I help pay the mortgage for, and he’ll show me the minimum amount of respect as a damned adult. So I told him I wasn’t going to be disrespected in my own living room, even if his mother lets him get away with it. He cussed at me some more, threw the game controller at me, and got up in my face calling me all sorts of things.
I know I have a temper, and I work hard to control it. It took everything I had there. I shut my eyes, breathed real slowly, and turned around and went for a long walk so that I wouldn’t do something I regretted. I stayed away until I knew Emily would be home. When I came back in, he’d talked to her and told her what a mean son of a bitch I’d been, and we had another fight. Throw one more onto the pile.”
Sam Wolter (15)
“Sam is the biological son of Emily Reyes and Ken Wolter, and the stepson of Felipe Reyes. A high school sophomore, Sam makes average grades and is not involved in extracurricular activities. Sam attends church when his parents make him, but without much interest.
It’s not fair that I get yelled at all the time! None of this is fair. I pick my stuff up! I don’t always do it right away, because a lot of times I’m stuck in the middle of a game with all my friends. Just because I don’t do something RIGHT NOW doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it!
My mom gets it. Felipe doesn’t, because Felipe’s just a jerk who’s mad all the time. I hate coming home from school every day because it’s just gonna be a few hours of Felipe yelling at me until mom gets home. I hate it! I just want to be left alone to play games with my friends. I don’t bug him, why does he have to bug me? I used to like to have friends come over so we could play stuff like Mario Kart instead of online games, but I never want to do that now because I’d be embarrassed when Felipe started yelling at me in front of them. Or started yelling at them… I totally think he’d do that, he really likes to yell and show off what a big man he is. He’s awful.
I wish it was just me and Mom and Cass again. We had it all figured out and had a pretty good setup. Then Felipe moved in and turned the place into a jail where everyone yells at each other all the time.”
Cass Wolter (12)
Cass is the biological daughter of Emily Reyes and Ken Wolter, and the stepdaughter of Felipe Reyes. A 7th-grader, Cass did very well in school until recently, but her teachers recently expressed concern that she is falling behind. Cass is active in her church youth group, and has been a very involved member of the Girl Scouts for years.
I just wish it could all be like it used to be!
“Sometimes I think Sam’s being kind of a butt with all of this, and causing all of the trouble. He’s real messy. His room’s nasty and he’s just kind of a slob all around the house. I know how much that bugs Felipe, so sometimes I’ll sneak around and clean up after him just to keep Felipe from getting all mad. Sam should clean up after himself, but if he won’t, I can.
There’s just too much yelling in the house now. Felipe gets mad at Sam and yells at him, and that stinks. He’s OK to me, though, almost never gets mad at me. So that’s nice. I don’t get to spend as much time with Mom as I used to, because she’s always arguing with Felipe or Sam, and that makes me really sad. We used to have a lot of really good times together.
There are days when I hate being in the house. I come home and it’s like a beehive with everyone all mad and yelling at each other. They all settle down by the time we go to bed, but it still stinks. It’s not like that every single day, but there’s more days when it is than when it isn’t.”
Ken Wolter (39)
Ken is Emily’s ex-husband and the biological father of Sam and Cass. Ken works as a project manager at a small software company in Madison, Wisconsin. Since divorcing Emily, Ken has remarried to Tatiana Wolter, with whom he has a three-year-old son, William.

Anne Moss (60) and Spencer Moss (61)
Anne and Spencer are Emily Reyes’ parents, and Sam and Cass’ grandparents. Spencer is a realtor, considering retirement soon. Anne does not work. Anne and Spencer live on the same block as Emily and Felipe, and visit several times a week, often without announcing beforehand.

Emily Reyes works from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Felipe is at work from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cass gets home from school on weekdays at 3 p.m., while Sam gets home a bit later, at 3:30.
Sam and Felipe often clash in the period when they’re both home and Emily hasn’t gotten home yet. Recently, one of these clashes escalated to physical contact, which Felipe characterizes as a disciplinary situation.