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FAMILY THERAPY The process of creating a treatment plan in family therapy involves meeting with the family at an intake session observing family dynamics and listening to the familys description of the presenting problem This information would allow me to know how their perception of the problem is shaping their behavior I would continue to actively listen to the presenting problem of the identified client and gather additional pertinent information During the course of a three session assessment period additional background data would be gathered This data would include social behavior school or work behavior current meds pastpresent counseling past hospitalizations extended family information religious information marital history legal concernsproblems history of mental illness and substance abuse in client andor family I would ask each member what heshe sees as the problem or needs of the family A benefit of family assessment is the opportunity to observe the interpersonal exchanges of family members directly and to contrast family members subjective appraisals of the presenting problem LAbate 1998 This information would aide in helping to decide what the family needs I would also administer the Adlerian questionnaire which includes a list of questions such as What are most outstanding difficulties at present Since when have you had them What else was happening when they first arose What illnesses organ inferiorities or inferiorities of appearance did you have as a child How did you feel about them What was the social and economic position of your family in your childhood What was the behavior of your father and mother towards you And that of other adults during your childhood What was your behavior towards them Of what are you most afraid of Why wwwcompueservecom I would complete a Genogram of the identified client This would allow myself and the family to examine the family in its intergenerational context The genogram provides a visual mapping that may help family members
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