Vargas Family Case Study: Narrative Therapy
Vargas Family Case Study: Narrative Therapy
Narrative therapy aims at being respectful to the clients without blaming or accusing members in the counseling process (Metcalf, 2017). This mode of therapy seeks to empower people and separate them from the current problems negatively affecting them. This model also believes that individual have the necessary skills and ability to help them in addressing the negative impacts caused by the problems (Metcalf, 2017). Counselors can implement this model of counseling by directing their conversations with their clients in a positive direction, which are headed for a specific destination. In the Vargas family, the therapist will apply narrative therapy in helping the Vargas family to address the issues, which have led to the family in a crisis (Metcalf, 2017).
Part 1: Counseling Note for the Client’s File
Elizabeth’s family is facing a crisis due to the issue of Geoff drug overdose. The problem has been caused due to the interventions by the different family members in trying to help Geoff. Linda and Tim have played major roles in addressing the issue, which has faced opposition from Katie who is Geoff’s mother. One family member of the Vargas family whose dominant story could use some rewriting is Katie. During the conversation on the last session, Katie had prevented the school counselor in sharing information to Linda due to confidentiality matters. Katie was also unhappy when Tim took Geoff on a weeklong camping trip, which she states was going against her wishes.
All these family members were only trying to help Geoff from the drug overdose situation. Geoff’s drug issue had overwhelmed Katie where she also went to see the school’s counselor to help her in addressing the issue. Katie appears to be having a difficult time in managing her son’s problem, which has led to her negative reaction on the other members of the family who are trying to help. Katie is also grieving her husband who is Geoff’s father, which might have contributed to the current frustrations that she is having. Katie’s reaction has led to the current problems which the family is currently experiencing. The next session will provide Katie with a chance to speak about the reasons why she reacted this way to her family members.
Questions to Katie in the Next Session
Why did you prevent Linda and Tim in helping your son? (Landscape of action).
What is your opinion on the family member’s efforts trying to help your son? (Landscape of identity).
Part 2: Writing a Reauthoring Version of Katie’s Story
Geoff is my stepson who has an issue with the family due to a drug overdose, which has also negatively impacted me in different ways. This affects me as I was not able to notice any changes in his behavior, which the family states to have noticed since his father’s recent death. Geoff has also been having a poor mood and dropping in his school grades, which I never thought, would lead him to indulge in drugs. The issue of drug overdose surprised me since no one in the family had any idea that Geoff had ever used drugs. After learning this issue, Linda who is Bob’s mother accused me of not being helpful in addressing the issue where she proceeded to contact the school counselor arguing that she knew exactly how to handle the situation.
This action negatively affected me as she was accusing me of negligence and irresponsibility which has led to my son behaving as he did. If Linda was willing to help me in addressing my son’s situation, she would have involved me in the process first and not jump into conclusions. This led to me calling the school counselor and telling her that she was not supposed to give any information to Linda due to confidentiality matters. Tim on the other hand who is Bob’s father was also trying to help but went against my wishes to take Geoff out of school on a weeklong camping trip. Geoff is my son and going against my wishes is disrespectful as this implies that my decisions do not matter in terms of guiding my son, which made me angry. My opinion on the family member’s efforts trying to help my son is good.
However, it is unfair to me as most of the family members think that I have been unable to raise my son by how they provide their help, which negatively affects me. If the family members were interested in helping me, they are supposed to involve me in any decision that they make in relation to my son. Support from the family is important and no one would turn down such. However, the problem is how they provide the support to me, which makes feel neglected. This reaction to most of the family members may be attributed to the fact that Geoff is my stepson and his father is dead. I believe that I am able to guide my son as I know him more than the other family members and supposed to be involved in any decision made to help my son where I can help in giving my opinion.
The family should also understand that I am still grieving my husband who is Geoff’s father where I still need help. The issue of my husband’s death and the issue of Geoff have all together negatively impacted me which have led to a lot of frustrations in my life. This intrusion from the family members has caused more problems as this has caused strife between the members and me. Geoff has different problems, which need to be addressed systematically and with the help of a counselor. These include the dropping of the school grades and the issue of drug overdose, which I think should be addressed by a qualified and an experienced individual in corporation with the family. Due to this, I think it is better for the family members to keep off and let me first intervene in addressing Geoff’s problem and if I need any help from them, then I will definitely reach out.
Metcalf, L. (2017). Solution Focused Narrative Therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company.