Family Assessment and Intervention

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Family Intervention Movie Assignment
“Meet the Parents”

One of our main objectives as future counselors is to understand individual clients is to first gain an understanding of family background.   Working with family from a systems perspective, the counselor is able to gain an understanding to the ways in which family members interact, what the family norms and expectations are, how effectively members communicate, who makes decisions, and how the family deals with needs and expectations (Edleman & Mandle, 2002).   In the concept of systems theory, a family can exist within a community (suprasystem) and at the same time have smaller relationships within that family (subsystems).   By composing genograms, or family tree, one can see information on family relationships, health patterns, occupations, and religion.   By composing an ecomap one can see information on how a family and its members interact with larger systems or smaller subsystems.   The term family can be defined as "a group of individuals who are bound by strong emotional ties, a sense of belonging, and a passion for being involved in one another's lives (Wright & Leahey, 2000).  

After watching the movie, “Meet the Parents” I decided to watch the whole movie to see where it would be that the intervention would start. The scene where “Greg” tries to get the cat off the roof and ultimately to please Jack his girlfriend’s father he goes to a local animal shelter to purchase a look alike cat for the family cat that ran away, named Jinx (Which I thought in hindsight the cat’s name is the complete situation Greg finds himself in…jinxed). Once the family gets home and finds ‘Jinx’ has destroyed the dress and the house before his youngest daughter’s wedding everything hits the fan…emotions rage and Jack and Greg are starting to really express themselves. I think Greg does this because he feels he has nothing to lose. The interesting part is how this whole fiasco sort of brings the...
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