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…show more content…
Billy is flexible to his parents’ choice of his custody. In the following section, it would be analyzed the social groups that the family Kramer represents. The hierarchies, differentiation levels, boundaries, and the misguided solution of the family system would also be analyzed. Ethnicity The family system’s ethnicity is European American. According to Giordano and McGoldrick (2005), marrying a person of their own ethnicity is a cultural expectation of all white ethnics (p. 516). So, Ted and Joanna intermarriage is a cultural expectancy for both. According to Hardiman (1982), racism is an intimate and central part of white European Americans (as cited in Sue and Sue, 2013, p. 321). The Kramer family ethnicity affects their interactions with other minority ethnic groups. Hardiman (1982) called the naiveté stage as the stage where there is unawareness of the existences of racism, and there is little contact with ethnic minorities (as cited in Sue and Sue, 2013, pp. 321). The family Kramer seems to build relationships, personal and professional, only with white Caucasian people. There is no contact with minorities. Religion Because of their European American ethnicity, the Kramer family’s religion is Christianity. Giordano and McGoldrick (2005) acknowledged that although the United States attempts to separate state and church, America’s current and past history has privileged Christianity to be the mainstream religion (p. 512). Because of the
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