NL 521 Counseling Couples and Families Discussion

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Assessment Description

For this assignment you will read a case scenario and create a counseling script that demonstrates building therapeutic alliance and gathering information about the problem. You will apply counseling skills such as identifying interactional patterns and interventions that could be beneficial to the couple.
After reading “Couple Case Scenario and Directions,” fill out the accompanying document, “Couple Case Scenario Template.”
Include at least one scholarly resource (peer-reviewed journal articles, books, etc.).
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.  

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CNL-521 Topic 1 Couple Case Scenario and Directions
Directions: Read the following scenario to complete the Topic 1 assignment. Template examples
and instructions are provided below the case study to assist in completing the Topic 1 Couple
Case Scenario Template.
Couple Case Scenario
Margaret, a 32-year-old Catholic, Italian female and Jose, a 35-year-old Catholic, Hispanic male
have been married for 3 years and have one child, Isabella, who is 2 years old. Jose comes from a
traditional Latino background and Margaret’s family of origin has traditional Italian values.
For the past few months, the couple has been arguing about having more children. Jose and his
mom, Sofia, have been pressuring Margaret to have more children. Sofia makes remarks about
wanting more grandchildren to Margaret when she visits. Margaret has become increasingly
frustrated by Sofia’s remarks and unannounced visits. Margaret also wants a big family but is
hesitant to have more children. She is not sure why, but she has been having increased emotional
and physiological reactions when Jose and Sofia make comments about wanting to have more
kids.
Margaret and Jose have been arguing with raised voices about finances and having more
children. Lately, Margaret has begun to argue less, crosses her arms, turns away, and ignores
Jose when he brings up having more children. It has gotten to where Jose has been making
remarks about Margaret being uptight and less intimate. Margaret has asked for Jose’s help
around the house and to spend more time with Isabella, but he quickly begins to argue and list all
of his current responsibilities.
Margaret and Jose work full time, but Margaret has taken on most of the responsibility with
dropping off and picking Isabella up at daycare and planning family activities. Isabella has been
having issues at daycare, where she will frequently burst into tears and take 30 minutes to an
hour to calm down. Isabella has started playing by herself rather than interacting with the other
children at daycare.
Margaret has been distracted and makes mistakes at work, and she quickly becomes
overwhelmed at home with Jose and Isabella. Jose has been distancing himself from his work
responsibilities and spending more time with his mom, Sofia. Margaret has been spending more
time at church, asking for guidance from her priest and her fellowship at the church Mass
services.
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Couple Case Scenario Template Directions
Part One: Therapeutic Alliance and Problem Identification
Instructions:
After reading the case scenario, read the
example script below. In 200-250 words,
develop your counseling script with the
counselor and clients’ dialogue building the
therapeutic alliance and gathering information
about the presenting problem.
Instructions:
In this column, identify counseling skills you
are utilizing in the counseling script as you
build the therapeutic alliance and gather
information about the problem. See the
example below.
Example Script
Example Skills
Counselor: Hi Margaret and Jose, I see from
your intake you have been struggling with
some relationship issues, could you expand
upon this a bit more?
Open-ended question
Margaret: Yes, I just feel like I can’t do
anything right. I am running around taking
care of everyone and he just wants more time
with me, more kids, more everything.
Counselor: When you started discussing your
problems you are having with Jose, I noticed
you started to raise your voice and tense your
shoulders. It appears like you are angry but
also exhausted by this.
Paraphrasing, empathy, immediacy,
validation
Jose: [Quickly replies even though counselor
was speaking to Margaret] Yes, I have noticed
more and more that Margaret is so tense and
pissed at me [Crosses arms, frowns, sits back
further in chair]
Counselor: [Maintains eye contact, open
posture, leans forward, nods head] It seems
like both of you are struggling when you begin
to speak about your relationship. Jose, could
you tell me more about your thoughts on this?
Non-verbal gestures to indicate active
listening, validation, open ended question
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Part Two: Pattern Identification
Instructions: List one interactional pattern you have identified within the case scenario. In 2550 words, describe how you see the interactional pattern within the case scenario. Include an
APA formatted citation to support your response.
Some examples of interactional patterns with the couple include but are not limited to:
demand-withdraw cycle/pursuer distancer (Emotion-Focused Therapy); criticism, (Gottman);
triangulation (Bowen); cross-generational coalition (Structural).
Part Three: Role of the Counselor
Instructions: In 25-50 words, identify and describe the counselor’s role in the case scenario.
Include an APA formatted citation to support your response.
Some examples include but are not limited to: direct (structural), indirect (psychoanalytic),
coaching (cognitive behavioral therapy), collaborative (narrative and solution focused
therapy), or expert (strategic).
Part Four: Counseling Intervention
Instructions: Look ahead at the theories within the textbook (e.g., psychoanalytic, CBTFamily, Bowen, structural, strategic, emotion-focused therapy, and Gottman).
List and describe at least one counseling intervention that could be beneficial for the couple.
Write at least 25-50 words describing the intervention and include an APA formatted citation
to support your response.
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CNL-521 Topic 1 Couples Case Scenario Template
Use the “Couples Case Scenario and Directions” attachment to complete this
assignment. Only this document will need to be submitted into the assignment
dropbox.
Part One: Counseling Script and Skills
Counseling Script
Skills
Part Two: Pattern Identification
Pattern:
Description:
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Part Three: Role of the Counselor
Role of the Counselor:
Description:
Part Four: Counseling Intervention
Intervention:
Description:
References
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Couples Case Scenario Application (Obj. 1.2) – Rubric
Part One: Counseling Script
25 points
Criteria Description
Develops a counseling script with the counselor and clients’ dialogue building the
therapeutic alliance and gathering information about what brought them to therapy.
5. Target
25 points
Expertly develops a counseling script with the counselor and clients’ dialogue
building the therapeutic alliance and gathering information about what brought
them to therapy. Script is comprehensive and insightful with relevant evidence to
support claims. Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the topic.
4. Acceptable
21.75 points
Clearly develops a counseling script with the counselor and clients’ dialogue
building the therapeutic alliance and gathering information about what brought
them to therapy. Script demonstrates an understanding that extends beyond the
surface of the topic.
3. Approaching
19.75 points
Adequately develops a counseling script with the counselor and clients’ dialogue
building the therapeutic alliance and gathering information about what brought
them to therapy. Script demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic.
2. Insufficient
18.5 points
Inadequately develops a counseling script with the counselor and clients’ dialogue
building the therapeutic alliance and gathering information about what brought
them to therapy. Script demonstrates a poor understanding of the topic.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Part One: Counseling Skills
20 points
Criteria Description
Identifies counseling skills being utilized in the counseling script as the counselor
builds the therapeutic alliance and gathers information about what brought them to
therapy.
5. Target
20 points
Expertly identifies counseling skills being utilized in the counseling script as the
counselor builds the therapeutic alliance and gathers information about what
brought them to therapy. Description is comprehensive and insightful with relevant
evidence to support claims. Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the
topic.
4. Acceptable
17.4 points
Clearly identifies counseling skills being utilized in the counseling script as the
counselor builds the therapeutic alliance and gathers information about what
brought them to therapy. Description is strong with sound analysis and some
evidence to support claims. Demonstrates an understanding that extends beyond
the surface of the topic.
3. Approaching
15.8 points
Adequately identifies counseling skills being utilized in the counseling script as the
counselor builds the therapeutic alliance and gathers information about what
brought them to therapy, but description is limited and lacks some evidence to
support claims. Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic.
2. Insufficient
14.8 points
Inadequately identifies counseling skills being utilized in the counseling script as the
Part Two: Pattern Identification
10 points
Criteria Description
Lists one interactional pattern you have identified within the case scenario. Describes
how you see the interactional pattern within the case scenario. Includes an APAformatted citation and reference note to support your response.
5. Target
10 points
Expertly lists and describes an interactional pattern identified in the case scenario.
Description is comprehensive and insightful with relevant evidence to support
response. Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the topic.
4. Acceptable
8.7 points
Clearly lists and describes an interactional pattern identified in the case scenario.
Description is strong with sound analysis and some evidence to support response.
Demonstrates an understanding that extends beyond the surface of the topic.
3. Approaching
7.9 points
Adequately lists and describes an interactional pattern identified in the case
scenario. Description is limited and lacks some evidence to support response.
Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic.
2. Insufficient
7.4 points
Inadequately lists and describes an interactional pattern identified in the case
scenario. Description is weak and missing citation and reference note to support
response. Demonstrates a poor understanding of the topic.
Part Three: Role of the Counselor
15 points
Criteria Description
Identifies and describes what the role of the counselor would be in the case scenario.
Include an APA- formatted citation and reference note to support your response.
5. Target
15 points
Expertly identifies and describes what the role of the counselor would be in the
case scenario, and description is comprehensive and insightful with relevant
evidence to support response. Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the
topic.
4. Acceptable
13.05 points
Clearly identifies and describes what the role of the counselor would be in the case
scenario, and description is strong with sound analysis and some evidence to
support response. Demonstrates an understanding that extends beyond the
surface of the topic.
3. Approaching
11.85 points
Adequately identifies and describes what the role of the counselor would be in the
case scenario. Description is limited and lacks some evidence to support response.
Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic.
2. Insufficient
11.1 points
Inadequately identifies and describes what the role of the counselor would be in
the case scenario. Description is weak and missing evidence to support response.
Demonstrates a poor understanding of the topic.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Part Four: Counseling Intervention
Criteria Description
Lists and describes at least one counseling intervention that could be beneficial for the
couple. Describes the intervention and includes an APA- formatted citation and
10 points
reference note to support response.
5. Target
10 points
Expertly lists and describes at least one counseling intervention that could be
beneficial for the couple, and description is comprehensive and insightful with
relevant evidence to support response. Demonstrates an exceptional
understanding of the topic.
4. Acceptable
8.7 points
Clearly lists and describes at least one counseling intervention that could be
beneficial for the couple. Description is strong with sound analysis and some
evidence to support response. Demonstrates an understanding that extends
beyond the surface of the topic.
3. Approaching
7.9 points
Adequately lists and describes at least one counseling intervention that could be
beneficial for the couple, but description is limited and lacks some evidence to
support response. Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic.
2. Insufficient
7.4 points
Inadequately lists and describes at least one counseling intervention that could be
beneficial for the couple. Description is weak and missing evidence to support
response. Demonstrates a poor understanding of the topic.
Mechanics of Writing
10 points
Criteria Description
Includes spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, language use, sentence
structure, etc.
5. Target
10 points
No mechanical errors are present. Skilled control of language choice and sentence
structure are used throughout.
4. Acceptable
8.7 points
Few mechanical errors are present. Suitable language choice and sentence
structure are used.
3. Approaching
7.9 points
Occasional mechanical errors are present. Language choice is generally
appropriate. Varied sentence structure is attempted.
2. Insufficient
7.4 points
Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors are present. Inconsistencies in language
choice or sentence structure are recurrent.
Format/Documentation
10 points
Criteria Description
Uses appropriate style, such as APA, MLA, etc., for college, subject, and level;
documents sources using citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc.,
appropriate to assignment and discipline.
5. Target
10 points
No errors in formatting or documentation are present. Selectivity in the use of
direct quotations and synthesis of sources is demonstrated.
4. Acceptable
8.7 points
Appropriate format and documentation are used with only minor errors.
3. Approaching
7.9 points
Appropriate format and documentation are used, although there are some obvious
errors.
2. Insufficient
7.4 points
Appropriate format is attempted, but some elements are missing. Frequent errors
in documentation of sources are evident.
1. Unsatisfactory
0 points
Total 100 points

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