For the third assignment you need to provide a fictional case study of a counselling client with issues relating to fear and sadness, and then consider how their individual problems might be located in their family system relationships and the social context in which they are embedded. Your case study should focus on the family and relationships of the client, and sociocultural issues such as culture, race, gender and sexuality. In the guidance here we have given an example fictional client (Tom). However you must not use the same fictional client in your own assignment. This example just gives you an idea of the kind of thing we are looking for in TMA 03. The relevant material for this assignment is in Weeks 13 and 14 of the Module Guide and Chapters 9 and 10 of the textbook. You will find the introduction of Chapter 9 particularly useful in helping you to recognise how important the family is. Section 9.2, ‘Development and fundamentals of systemic counselling and psychotherapy’ and Section 9.4, ‘Getting 'stuck': a systemic understanding of fear and sadness' of Chapter 9 are also helpful in explaining the role of families and other systems in fear and sadness. When thinking about how you would work with the client as counsellor you might want to draw on Section 9.3, ‘Systemic counselling and psychotherapy today’, and Section 9.5, ‘Working systemically with fear and sadness’, both in Chapter 9. From Chapter 10 you may draw on the sections on race and culture, gender, and sexuality, depending on how relevant these issues are to the case study you are presenting. However, you should have at least some mention of all these issues (and perhaps others such as age, generation and class) because, as we saw in Chapter 10, all people have a race and culture, a gender and a sexuality which is relevant to how they experience emotions and related problems. Audiovisual Excerpts 13, 14 and 15 will also be of use, particularly Excerpt 15 which provides an example of counselling a client where sociocultural issues are especially relevant. You might also draw on one or more of the earlier chapters of the textbook when you are thinking about how you would work with the client as a counsellor. You might be particularly drawn to one approach and use this to inform how you would work. Look back over the guidance on TMA 01 for general advice on how to structure, write and finish your assignment. You can revisit the OU Social Sciences Assessment Information [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] for help with essay writing, and the Referencing section in the Social Sciences Assessment Information pages for guidance on OU referencing. You can also get specific help on APA-style referencing by doing the OU’s APA activity. After the introduction to your assignment (100–200 words on how the assignment will be structured and which approaches you will be drawing on), you should write a fictional description of a client. This could be based on one of the case studies in the module book; on one of the people you have met in the audiovisual materials for this module or on characters from books, television or films. Alternatively you could base your fictional client description on people that you have met. If you do so however, you need to make sure you protect their identity – changing their name and any identifying details such as where they live and their occupation. To fictionalise real people it is a good idea to merge more than one person together so that your description is not just based on a single person who could be easily recognised. Please do not make the case study a direct biographical sketch of yourself or of a person whom you are close to (e.g. partner, friend or family member). Obviously you will bring elements of yourself and your own experiences into all your assignments, but basing the case study on yourself or someone in your life is likely to be distressing for you, and may also make it...
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