Beginning of the therapy session
The case shows that the client was in a situation that could inflict harm on herself or another person. The client feels like the only solution to her problem is inflicting harm to others who get into her way of happiness (Prochaska, 2013). The client was thus in the pre-contemplation trans-theoretical stage where she was not willing to stop fighting. The client was in this state because she felt like no person would respect her if she could not manage to fight them back (Walsh, 2013). The situation was thus critical and needed intervention since it could escalate to a harmful situation.
End of the therapy session
The client was ready to embrace change and act in a healthier and mature behavior. The client was happy with the therapy session since it brought hope into her life and she felt she could be respected by her peers without having to fight them (Walsh, 2013). The social worker was able to use multiple intelligences that made the client realize that fighting was not the solution to her problem, but rather a stimulator to the problem. The client was thus in the action stage of change where she needed to use the advice provided to her by the social worker to move on and act properly.
The Two Interactions that Occurred in the Therapeutic Session
The social worker’s strategy into the way in which the therapy would be passed to the client was effective (West, 2005). The two interactions that occurred between the social worker and the client are; firstly, the social worker managed to ensure that the client was able to change her mind through pausing a question to her on the advantages of fighting was posed. The question ensured that the client thinks again about the solution she would take to solve her problems. Secondly, the social worker promoted interaction through the question to the client of whether getting expelled from school was going to stop her from doing what she wanted to do. The question helped the client change her mind and rethink of a better solution that the social worker was ready to offer.
- Prochaska, J. O. (2013). Trans theoretical model of behavior change. In Encyclopedia of behavioral medicine (pp. 1997-2000). Springer New York.
- Walsh, J. (2013). Theories for direct social work practice (3rd ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
- West, R. (2005). Time for a change: putting the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model to rest. Addiction, 100(8), 1036-1039.