A Co Parenting Plan

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Systemic Analysis As a divorced couple with a child, Ted and Joanna Kramer came to therapy to resolve their presenting problem: coming up with a co-parenting plan. Billy is the identified patient because his parents are triangulating him into their conflict. Triangulation occurs when parent are incapable of working out their problems, so they bring a child who becomes the focus of the problem (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2013, p. 284). According to Goldenberg and Goldenberg (2013), each parent demands the child to side with him or her against the other, while the other sees this alignment as a betrayal or attack (p. 284). Therefore, Ted and Joanna demand Billy side with them separate from the other; this is created conflict in the family system. In this section, it will introduce the Kramers’ family system, and the family’s life cycle stage and the tasks of development.
Family System
The Kramer family system consists of three family members: Ted, Joanna, and Billy. Each individual has their own strengths that help sustain the family system. Ted is determined and patient. He is determined to parent Billy in a healthy way, and sacrifice for Billy’s well being. Ted showed patience when he was left alone to take care of Billy. Joanna is open minded and fair. Joanna explored the world and her self-identity with an open mind. She is also fair because she is willing to allow Ted to spend more time with Billy because she knows that they love each other. Billy is loving and flexible;…
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