In reviewing the various diversity issues involved in life span development, discuss two life issues that may be problematic for you to counsel.
Jared presents in your office after being released from an inpatient alcohol treatment center. He reports a past history of depression and alcohol use. He states he wants to feel good and stay clean. He is distant from his family but he does have several friends. He owns a home with his partner, Kyle. Jared and Kyle have been partners for the past four years. Kyle is an active member of his church and he has a job that provides sufficient income.
It appears that Jared’s best chance at remaining sober is to receive comprehensive services.
For this discussion, please address the following:
Identify the mental health services such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment, aftercare, self-help, and social support that could be utilized as part of his treatment plan.
What types of interventions do you feel are appropriate for Jared, and which theories and models support your recommendations?
Describe the strategies you would use to facilitate the interagency/interorganizational collaboration and communications that will be necessary to coordinate an interdisciplinary treatment team.
Create a list of five local community resources that Jared can utilize as part of his recovery. Describe how you will help Jared understand how these resources will be of benefit to him and how he can access these resources.
Finally, discuss the importance of family, social networks, and community resources in the treatment of Jared’s depression and alcohol abuse.
2. In reviewing the various diversity issues involved in life span development, discuss two life issues that may be problematic for you to counsel.
Given your knowledge about the ACA Code of Ethics (2005), the counseling process and relationship, and client diversity, detail a plan for how you will ensure quality counseling and care that addresses any ethical and legal considerations for clients who present with these life issues.
Assume that no referral is available for a client presenting with one of your chosen life issues. How will you continue to provide ethically appropriate and culturally responsive care while continuing to be sensitive to your own objection?