Vargas Family Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Vargas Family Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Read Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Review of the Outcome Research located in the topical materials. Identify a specific presenting concern that one of the Vargas family members has identified this week. Create a “transcript” of a session as a solution-focused counselor, using solution-oriented terms and concepts, to work with the client in identifying a solution to the problem. The transcript should be 500-750 words in length.

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Vargas Family Case Study: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

(Throughout the interview, the responses provided by the therapy will be assigned the initial “T” while the responses provided by the client will be assigned the initial “C”)

T:        (Therapist stands up as Elizabeth Vargas enters the room) Good morning and welcome to today’s session (they shake hands and both of them sit down). Won’t you have a chair?

C:        Thank you very much; it is nice to see you again. I like the new painting on the wall, it very relaxing.

T:        I am glad you like it. I got it from a local artist. You have a very good eye I see! (both C and T laugh) Now then, we have forty five minutes together and I don’t know how much we will accomplish but I hope we can make something of it. What brings you here today Mrs. Vargas? (T sitting forward and C sitting back with her legs crossed)

C:        well, like I mentioned over the phone, our family is in a crisis! And I don’t know what to do about it. My nephew Geoff had a near overdose a few weeks ago. We suspect that he turned to drugs to try and cope with the grief of losing his father. Not only was this traumatizing for his mother Katie, but it shattered our hearts as an entire family.

T:        In your opinion, how did this near overdose affect your family? (T takes a pen and notepad)

C:        Uh, where do I even begin! (C places right hand on forehead) Linda, my mother- in law, took it upon herself to talk to Geoff’s school therapist and try to get his medical records and history (T mhm mhm). That didn’t work out well as the therapist refused to provide information about Geoff citing matters of confidentiality. If you ask me, Linda should not have done that seeing that she is not Geoff’s mother. Her interference is making matters worse! (C stands up and heads to the window) the family is now divided

T:        I see, I see (T pauses to allow C to return to her seat) according to you, what is the best foreseeable outcome in relation to Geoff’s drug problem?

C:        I want to see Geoff getting grief counseling to better handle his loss. I would also love to see him probably going to rehab for his drug use problem.


T:        If Geoff seeks grief counseling and goes to rehab, how will this reduce conflict in your family?

C:        (C leans back T is taking notes on his writing pad) well, there will finally be a plan of action guiding the family towards better results instead of everybody offering their opinions about the best course of action.

T:        (in a low and soothing voice) imagine you woke up tomorrow morning and by some miracle, Geoff was happier, had better grades and stopped using drugs completely. What’s the first thing you would notice that would be different in your family?

C:        (sits up and places hands on her lap) Linda and I would stop arguing, Katie would stop being depressed and we would have better interactions during family meetings.

T:        on a scale of 1-10, how confident are you that Geoff will seek grief counseling and go to rehab?

C:        at the moment I think 6

T:        well, I am glad you have made the first step towards achieving better results for yourself and your family. I am hopeful that Geoff will seek the best care possible and I am looking forward seeing you and your family in the next session (T stands up and shakes C’s hand)

C:        I feel so much better after our session! I am looking forward to the next session with the entire family



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