Conceptualization Paper 2 (Watch A Movie And Do Write The Paper )

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Conceptualization Paper
Conceptualization Paper

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You will write a conceptualization paper of a chosen movie character/case, this will be your “client.”

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I have chosen the movie (it is kind of funny story)->(the movie URL: ) the character has depression and some other issue . You will need to see the movie to describe the client problem. He is 16 years old.

We need to choose one therapy to help this client, and it should work with him. in the class we caver some therapy like(Existential therapy, Person-centered therapy) and those all work with him but we need to choose one only.

Then we look through it and put two goals and three strategies. Not list them need to explain each strategies.  Include 3 key concepts of theories relate to the character. Need to focused on his self-care include sort term care goal and long-term goal.The therapeutic strategies will be used to achieve these goals. I have attached  the PowerPoint for the therapy(you will need to use only one therapy (chapter 6 or 7 the third file is just to help you ) ). 


                  My professor notes regarding to the structure of the paper 

  Requirements: 8 page max, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, APA style.

Conceptualization Paper

Identifying Information:

Identifying information of the client (about 4-5 sentences long): age, gender, race, marital status, living situation, and education.

Conceptualization of the Problem:

Therapist’s conceptualization of the problem: You must include two goals and three strategies for therapy with this client. For example: Your understanding of the problem utilizing your choice of one of the theoretical models studied in class. Your explanation of the presenting problem should include some central themes and dynamics of the client’s personality. You must describe the client’s problem as explained by the chosen theory.

Include at least 3 key concepts (total) of the theories that specifically relate to the character. “Therapy with this client will focus on increasing his self-care. Better self-care would include….A short-term self-care goal would be… and a longer-term goal would be…. The following therapeutic strategies will be used in order to achieve these goals: 1) The client will explore and assess his current self-care regimen. 2) The client will explore ways to increase his self-care behaviors in his daily life.” ***Make sure to explain how you would conduct each strategy, do not just list each one.


Conceptualization Paper

What would it be like to work with this client? Challenges/Rewards?

Person-Centered Therapy Chapter 7


Person-Centered View of Human Nature

At their core, humans are trustworthy and positive

Humans are capable of making changes and living productive, effective lives

Humans innately gravitate toward self-actualization

Actualizing tendency

Given the right growth-fostering conditions, individuals strive to move forward and fulfill their creative nature


Person-Centered Therapy (A reaction against the directive and psychoanalytic approaches)


The assumption that “the counselor knows best”

The validity of advice, suggestion, persuasion, teaching, diagnosis, and interpretation

The belief that clients cannot understand and resolve their own problems without direct help

The focus on problems over persons


Person-Centered Therapy


Therapy as a journey shared by two fallible people

The person’s innate striving for self-actualization

The personal characteristics of the therapist and the quality of the therapeutic relationship

The counselor’s creation of a permissive, “growth-promoting” climate

People are capable of self-directed growth if involved in a therapeutic relationship


Therapy is a Growth-Promoting Climate


Genuineness or realness in the therapy session

Therapist’s behaviors match his or her words

Unconditional positive regard

Acceptance and genuine caring about the client as a valuable person

Accepting clients as they presently are

Therapist need not approve of all client behavior

Accurate empathic understanding

The ability to deeply grasp the client’s subjective world

Helper attitudes are more important than knowledge

The therapist need not experience the situation to develop an understanding of it from the client’s perspective


Six Conditions **Necessary and sufficient for personality changes to occur

1. Two persons are in psychological contact

2. The first, the client, is experiencing incongruence

3. The second person, the therapist, is congruent or integrated in the relationship

4. The therapist experiences unconditional positive regard or real caring for the client

5. The therapist experiences empathy for the client’s internal frame of reference and endeavors to communicate this to the client

6. The communication to the client is, to a minimal degree, achieved


The Therapist

Focuses on the quality of the therapeutic relationship

Conceptualization Paper

Provides a supportive therapeutic environment in which the client is the agent of change and healing

Serves as a model of a human being struggling toward greater realness

Is genuine, integrated, and authentic, without a false front

Can openly express feelings and attitudes that are present in the relationship with the client

Is invested in developing his or her own life experiences to deepen self- knowledge and move toward self-actualization


Application to Group Counseling

Therapist takes on the role of facilitator

Creates therapeutic environment

Techniques are not stressed

Exhibits deep trust of the group members

Provides support for members

Group members set the goals for the group

Group setting fosters an open and accepting community where members can work on self-acceptance

Individuals learn that they do not have to experience the process of change alone and grow from the support of group members


Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy

Various creative art forms

promote healing and self-discovery

are inherently healing and promote self-awareness and insight

Creative expression connects us to our feelings which are a source of life energy.

Feelings must be experienced to achieve self-awareness.

Individuals explore new facets of the self and uncover insights that transform them, creating wholeness

Discovery of wholeness leads to understanding of how we relate to the outer world.

The client’s inner world and outer world become unified.


Conditions for Creativity

Acceptance of the individual

A non-judgmental setting


Psychological freedom

Stimulating and challenging experiences

Individuals who have experienced unsafe creative environments feel “held back” and may disengage from creative processes

Safe, creative environments give clients permission to be authentic and to delve deeply into their experiences


Limitations of the Person-Centered Approach

Cultural considerations

Some clients may prefer a more directive, structured treatment

Individuals accustomed to indirect communication may not be comfortable with direct expression of empathy or creativity

Individuals from collectivistic cultures may disagree with the emphasis on internal locus of control

Does not focus on the use of specific techniques, making this treatment difficult to standardize

Beginning therapists may find it difficult to provide both support and challenges to clients

Limits of the therapist as a person may interfere with developing a genuine therapeutic relationship

Existential Therapy Chapter 6


Existential Psychotherapy

Born from philosophy

A phenomenological philosophy of “humanness”

Humans are in a constant state of transition, evolving and becoming

Clients are searching for meaning in their subjective worlds

Common questions/sources of existential angst for clients

“Who am I?”

“I will die.”

“What does it all mean?”

“Will I die alone?”

“How am I going to get to where I want to be in my life?”


Existential Therapy A Philosophical/Intellectual Approach to Therapy


The capacity for self-awareness

The tension between freedom & responsibility

The creation of an identity & establishing meaningful relationships

The search for meaning

Accepting anxiety as a condition of living

The awareness of death and nonbeing


The Capacity for Self-Awareness

The greater our awareness, the greater our possibilities for freedom

Awareness is realizing that:

We are finite–time is limited

We have the potential and the choice, to act or not to act

Meaning is not automatic–we must seek it

We are subject to loneliness, meaninglessness, emptiness, guilt, and isolation


Identity and Relationship

Identity is “the courage to be”– We must trust ourselves to search within and find our own answers

Our great fear is that we will discover that there is no core, no self

Being existentially “alone” helps us to discover our authentic self

Relatedness– At their best our relationships are based on our desire for fulfillment, not our deprivation

Relationships that spring from our sense of deprivation are clinging, parasitic, and symbiotic

Clients must distinguish between neurotic dependence and the authentic need to be with others

Balancing aloneness and relatedness helps us develop a unique identity and live authentically in the moment


The Search for Meaning

Meaning– like pleasure, meaning must be pursued obliquely

Finding meaning in life is a by-product of a commitment to creating, loving, and working

“The will to meaning” is our primary striving

Life is not meaningful in itself; the individual must create and discover meaning


Anxiety – A Condition of Living

Yalom’s four givens of existence create anxiety: mortality, isolation, meaningless, and freedom

Existential anxiety is normal – life cannot be lived, nor can death be faced, without anxiety

Existential therapists help clients develop a healthy view of anxiety

Anxiety can be a stimulus for growth as we become aware of and accept our freedom

Anxiety can be a catalyst for living authentically and fully

We can blunt our anxiety by creating the illusion that there is security in life

If we have the courage to face ourselves and life we may be frightened, but we will be able to change


Goals of Existential Psychotherapy

Helping clients to accept their freedom and responsibility to act

Assisting people in coming to terms with the crises in their lives

Encouraging clients to recognize the ways in which they are not living fully authentic lives

Inviting clients to become more honest with themselves

Broadening clients’ awareness of their choices

Facilitating the client’s search for purpose and meaning in life

Assisting clients in developing a deep understanding of themselves and the ways they can effectively communicate with others


Relationship Between Therapist and Client

Therapy is a journey taken by therapist and client

The person-to-person relationship is key

The relationship demands that therapists be in contact with their own phenomenological world

The core of the therapeutic relationship

Respect and faith in the clients’ potential to cope

Sharing reactions with genuine concern and empathy


Application to Group Counseling

Provides an ideal environment for therapeutic work on responsibility

Clients are responsible for their behavior in group

Group settings provide a mirror of how clients may act in the world

Through feedback members learn to view themselves through another’s eyes

Members learn how their behavior affects others

Builds interpersonal skills

Provides members with the opportunity to be fully themselves while relating to others

Creates an opportunity to relate to others in meaningful ways

Provides an opportunity to explore the paradoxes of existence

Learning to experience anxiety as a reality of the human condition

Making choices in the face of uncertainty

Discovering there are no ultimate answers for ultimate concerns


Limitations of Existential Psychotherapy

The individualistic focus may not fit within the world views of clients from a collectivistic culture

The high focus on self-determination may not fully account for real-life limitations of those who are oppressed and have limited choices

Some clients prefer a more directive approach to counseling

The approach may prove difficult for clients who experience difficulty conceptualizing or have limited intellectual capacities

The approach does not focus on specific techniques, making treatments difficult to standardize

Limited empirical support

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