Discuss how you anticipate using the theoretical approach with your client.

Read the case study below and answer the questions.
1. Talk about the Alverez family; conceptualize your understanding of them, and any other details you will add to their story. (The case is below instructions)
2. Select a theoretical approach that you will use as the clinical framework for this paper. Discuss in detail (talk about history, philosophy and interventions of Rogerian theory)
Helpful link (https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/person-centered) .
Discuss how you anticipate using the theoretical approach with your client. (How you would use this theory)

4 Describe your preparation process before you meet with your client. (What would you do to prepare yourself to meet with this family)
5 Describe your first meeting (Walk me through your first session). Here are some ideas of what you may discuss:
 Who is present?
 Introductions
 What is the purpose of the first interview? (Talk about establish rapport, build trust, open up problem)
 Where would it take place? (Location of where you would host the interview)
 How would you introduce yourself and your agency?
 Would you include multidisciplinary team members? If so, what would their role(s) be?
Helpful links: https://work.chron.com/social-work-interviewing-skills-16544.html

The Alverez Family

Ray, age 80, and his wife Jean, age 75, have been married for over 50 years. He suffered a stroke several years ago. Jean takes of Ray at home, with the help of two of their four children (Marge, 30 years old and Miranda, 32 years old) and occasional assistance from a home health agency.


Ray had always been the family breadwinner; working at the same factory for 30 years and retiring at age 65. Ray is difficult to care for at home. He is not only heavy, but his left arm and leg are partially paralyzed, making mobility difficult. He becomes verbally abusive when immobility, incontinence, noisy grandchildren, and other irritations frustrate him. He has adamantly refused to consider going to a nursing home or other care center. Ray had abused alcohol and was alternately verbally abusive or morose when he had too much to drink. He had stopped drinking when he was 55 and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly for several years.


Jean had stayed home and had raised four children. Jean provides care for Ray although it takes a toll on her physical and psychological well-being. She would feel extremely guilty about having to send Ray to a nursing home or any other facility. Her own mother cared for her father when he became frail and infirm.


Ray and Jean’s youngest child, Marge, has struggled with addiction to cocaine and other drugs. Currently, she is serving a jail term for possession of cocaine. Because her addiction has interfered with her parenting abilities, Jean and Ray have been the primary caregivers for Marge’s son Jason, now a teenager, since he was a small child. Jason has been skipping school and he is uncommunicative. Recently, the police arrested him and two friends after they tried to steal some CD’s from a local music store.


Miranda, another daughter, is concerned that Jean can no longer meet the needs of her husband and grandson. Jean is not attending to her own physical and mental health. Miranda would like to spend more time helping her parents, but her work as an office manager for a small construction company keeps her busy. Miranda’s employers are generally not willing to give her the time off needed to support her parents and as a small company, do not offer Family and Medical Leave. When Miranda does try to help her parents with household chores or transportation to medical appointments, she finds herself becoming angry and impatient with her father, who was often verbally abusive to her and her siblings when she was growing up.

Miranda has contacted you, a social worker in a family service agency, to talk about ways to “get help” for her parents. You need to assess the Ray and Jean’s situation so that you will have enough information that will lead to a plan that can help the family through this life stage transition.