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Mikewas a 15 year old boy with a background of truancy and he involvedhimself in using drugs like marijuana. He was taken to a group homeafter Child protective Services visited his family and his mother andstep father asserted that they were not in a position to controlMike.
Whilein the group home, Mike became angry and threatening and he was notwilling to collaborate with group activities. He was very stubbornduring group therapy sessions and originally declined to say anythingduring personal treatment sessions. Through having a closeinterrelationship with Mike, I was willing to analyze the interest ofMike and why he behaved in such a manner. I was in a position toinvolve Mike in the treatment process.
Atthe beginning of my interrelationship with Mike, he opened up abouthis changeling interrelationship with his mother for instance he wasconcurrently hit and locked in a dark closest by his step father. Healso talked about his disputed relationship with his younger sister.He also told me that he frequently used marijuana and alcohol becausethey made him feel better and forget about his problems (Khoury,Tang, Bradley, Cubells, & Ressler, 2010).
Asa counselor, I started to handle his trauma and substance abusehistories I scheduled appointments with him whereby I used to hold a30 minutes counseling session with him (Kathy,2014).During the 8 months period that I interacted with him, he began todevelop better tools for dealing with the intense impulses andfeelings that led to his most pressing problems.
Beforeterminating my relationship with the client, I had first of all toput into consideration factors that contributed to Mike’s Traumaand substance abuse (Ungar, 2011). I started informing him about thetermination of our relationship when we were left with three moresessions. This made Mike aware that he had recovered from the traumaand it was time for him to join other group members and cooperatewith them in everything that they did. I later on informed him aboutthe last date of our session. This was an arrangement between me andhim because I did not want to interfere with his other commitments.He also realized that he had actually changed and had a feeling thathe was going to have good time with his friends and other familymembers (Samhsa.gov,2014).Duringthe remaining sessions, there were several things that we discussedthat would be of great significance in his life especially inimproving his relationships with others and ways through which he canhandle stress.
Iinformed him that we would have our last session through face-to-faceinteractions and he was positive about it(Nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org,2014).I would inform him that terminating our relationship does not meanthe end of everything, but it is a beginning of new life. I wouldinform him that anger and anxiety are part and parcel of life,therefore, he should consider them normal. I would also give him timeto ask any question that he felt was to be addressed. I would alsopresent this termination by giving him my contacts so that he wouldcontact me anytime that he had a question. I would also tell him thatincase he had any problem that requires counseling, there was a goodcounselor available waiting for him.
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