Explain your method, and list some questions you might ask to help the client.
Construct a dialogue between yourself as the therapist and your client that shows how you might help the client explore possibilities, develop choices (goals), and evaluate the goals to be sure they are appropriate for her or him.
Finding Possibilities Through Divergent Thinking
This study provides the discussion topic for the matching discussion in this unit. You will post your responses in the discussion activity.
Note: This study activity contains the first discussion topic for your group discussions this week.
In Chapter 10, Egan and Reese discusses how divergent thinking can expand the possibilities for solving a problem. Often, clients develop “tunnel vision” when trying to resolve difficulties in their lives, and therapy can help to open up their field of vision. For this discussion, you will choose one of the following cases for your initial post:
Bill is a 42-year-old Caucasian male who has recently become unemployed. He has worked for 12 years as a therapist, then as a supervisor of a mental health facility, and now feels he is seen as too old to be hired again in this kind of position. Bills feels stuck and fairly pessimistic about his future. He cannot afford to retire yet but is very unsure as to what he should do next. Bill is not married and does not have any children.