This question requires you to apply the framework developed by Corey (2005) to a fictional case, using a person-centred framework. For the purposes of this assignment, you are to choose one of the characters in the movie below and adapt the client’s role to meet the requirements of the assignment:
American Beauty (1999) movie, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s best friend. If you choose option 1, you can pretend that any member of the Burnham family has been referred to you for counselling by their GP:
· Dad ‘Lester’ (Kevin Spacey)
· Mom ‘Carolyn’ (Annette Bening)
· Daughter ‘Jane’ (Thora Birch)
The framework for your case study should include the following:
· An introduction to the client you have chosen
· Your basic assumptions about using a person-centred approach for this particular fictional client
· Your ‘assessment’ or understanding of the case from a person-centred perspective
· The goal(s) of therapy with this client
· A description of fictional key moments of the therapeutic process, preferably demonstrated with the use of ‘verbatim’ interaction between therapist and client.
Refer to Module 5 for an outline of Corey’s (2005) framework (Ch 1 & 5 of Case Approach to Counselling & Psychotherapy) and the example of “Ruth” to guide you on how to approach this case study assignment. When writing up a case study, you may use a loose report structure with decimal notation, or an essay structure with headings. However, full sentences and descriptive prose is required, not dot points or lists. In text and end text referencing are both essential for academic work.
Maximum 2,500 words (excluding references) Penalty for word count 10% above applies. Please record your word final count (excluding reference list & cover page) on the cover page.
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