Discussion 1: Attachment Theory
The adolescent stage can be described as a time where there is a loss of innocence and a pre-entry into adulthood. A large part of being an adolescent is beginning that process of stepping out into the world and learning about oneself as a unique and autonomous individual. This movement out into the world is contingent upon the knowledge that this young person will have a safe and secure home to return to at the end of the day. If a traumatic loss or event has occurred in the adolescent’s life, there may be no safe base to which this individual can return. Attachment theory teaches us that a young person’s ability to attach/engage with peers, family, and other potential support systems is an important aspect of the developmental process. During the adolescent stage of development, assessing attachment styles is important because it provides a window into how the adolescent relates to others, which allows the clinician to choose the appropriate intervention.
For this Discussion, choose either the program case study for the Bradley family or the course-specific case study for Brady.
Post an application of the attachment theory to the case of either Tiffani or Brady. Discuss the connection between his or her attachment style and the exhibiting behavior.
Discussion 2: Developmental Stages
Understanding an adolescent’s behavior can be at times elusive and even frustrating. Due to the multiple aspects of the developmental tasks during these years, it can be at times quite challenging to clearly define the issue(s) at hand. Assessment during this stage will include an evaluation of whether an adolescent’s actions are indicative of unhealthy behavior or merely representative of being an adolescent. A comprehensive assessment that includes an evaluation of the client’s developmental stage is a priority when working with this age group.
For this Discussion, choose the opposite case from Discussion 1 and use Erikson’s developmental theory.(Case of Tiffany)
- Post an assessment of whether the client is mastering the stage of identity.
- Identify the areas that should be addressed in an intervention based on his or her developmental stage.
- Describe how you might address those areas.
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014a). Sessions: case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
- The Bradley Family (pp. 17–19)
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014b). Sessions: case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
- Working with Families the Case of Brady (pp.22-26)
Springer, D. W., & Powell, T. M. (2013). Assessment of adolescents. In M. J. Holosko, C. N. Dulmus, & K. M. Sowers (Eds.), Social work practice with individuals and families: Evidence-informed assessments and interventions (pp. 71–95). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.