Interviews

Bellevue University – April 4, 2024 CPJJ 320 – LO Assignment 6.3 – Exercises: Helping People Change Looking at the techniques you learned in this chapter, decide what techniques and skills would be best to use in each of these situations.When you are done, save the .PDF by clicking on the ‘Download PDF’ button below. Return to the online course, and click the link to view/complete the assignment. Attach the .PDF and click “Submit.” Situation 1: Kelly has talked and talked about getting a divorce from her husband who abuses her occasionally and has always been remote and uninvolved in their marriage. You feel strongly that she should leave because you see the abuse escalating. (a) What are some interviewing techniques you might use to help Kelly decide what she should do from here? (b) How responsible is Kelly for making a change and how responsible is the case manager? Response: No Response Situation 2: Marlo wants to stop drinking and get her children back. They were removed from her home a year ago after Marlo had her fourth DUI and caused an accident on a city street. She has been in jail and is now in a halfway house while on parole. (a) What are some interviewing techniques you might use to help Marlo decide what to do now? (b) What can Marlo do to help herself? How do you get Marlo to begin to talk about what she can do? Response: No Response Situation 3: Ben has been sober for 2 years and is now working consistently on a job he likes. He divorced his wife during the time he was in rehab because she could not give up her drinking and seemed to “want to pull me down.” Now she has returned, intoxicated, and begging him to take her back. They talked into the night about “old times” and both of them got drunk. (a) What are some interviewing techniques you could use to help Ben at this juncture? (b) Who makes the final decision about what to do about Ben’s ex-wife? (c) Construct a response you might give Ben that accurately and matter-of-factly reflects his ambivalence. Response: No Response Situation 4: Elmer does not want to be abusive to his wife and wants his marriage to resume. His wife left and is staying in a shelter where she has indicated that she will not come home until Elmer gets some help. Elmer admits to you that abusing his wife was “probably wrong” but seems to resist any ideas about how to go about changing his behavior. (a) What are some interviewing techniques you might use to help Elmer at this point? (b) How responsible is the case manager for Elmer changing his behavior? (c) Should the case manager be actively involved in getting Elmer to change and the wife to come back home? Yes? How active? No? Response: No Response Situation 5: Elise is using alcohol to self-medicate. She suffers from debilitating depression, but since adolescence she has turned to alcohol and street drugs to alleviate the symptoms of this depression rather than take her medication. Her reasons for doing so are that the medication is too expensive, coming in every time she needs a prescription is “a pain,” and she can go to the liquor store and buy cheap liquor without the inconvenience. Lately she seems to be thinking that maybe using alcohol is not the best idea, but she is defensive about why she has used alcohol in the past. (a) What are some interviewing techniques you can use at this point to help Elise? (b) Does the case manager have an obligation to explain the negative effects of alcohol on depression or is there a way to get Elise to describe these? How would you get Elise to do that? Response: No Response Situation 6: Christy has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. She believes, when she is ill, that she is related to the president of the United States and she has made her way to Washington on several occasions. Both times Capitol police have arrested her and then had her hospitalized in Washington. Christy has returned home now and is talking to her case manager. She realizes when she is on her medication consistently that she is not related to the president, but she tells her case manager that she gets an overwhelming desire to see the president to warn him about “all the bad people out there.” She goes on to give an elaborate description of how she is related to the president through her “earth mother.” (a) Should the case manager explain to Christy how she is not related to the president? (b) Are there other interviewing techniques that the case manager could use? (c) Is the case manager responsible for making sure that Christy does not return to Washington? If yes, to what extent? Response: No Response Please review your answers and when you are ready, please download and save the PDF.

Interviews

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