Developing a Counseling Plan

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Developing a Counseling Plan
Genna Bovinet
Walden University
Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
Coun 6722-18

Developing a Counseling Plan This paper focuses on a case study of famous actor/musician, Mark Wahlberg. Mark Wahlberg began a life of juvenile crime at age ten that culminated in his attempted murder arrest, and subsequent prison sentence, at the age of 16. The paper will explore his early life and family issues leading to his delinquent behavior as well as counseling theories and interventions that would be successful in treating a youth with similar difficulties.
Case Study
Mark Wahlberg, known to many as Marky Mark, was born the youngest of nine children in a working class Irish Catholic family ("Mark Wahlberg biography,"
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This person functions as a scapegoat for the family and in turn is often blamed for the unhappiness in the family. As tension and anxiety within the family increases, the behaviors displayed by the scapegoat will also increase (Cook, 2001).
The second issue to address for Mark would be his birth order. He was the youngest in a family of nine children. This made him very impressionable to the behaviors of older siblings who would have taken on the care taker role. Mark stated in an interview, “'there was always a voice in my head telling me I was going to end up in jail. Three of my brothers had done time. My sister went to prison so many times I lost count” (Wilde, 2009). It was these influences that lead him to try drugs for the first time at the age of 10.
Interventions that may be successful in Mark’s case would include those found in the Functional Family Therapy model or FFT. “FFT may include diversion, probation, alternatives to incarceration, and/or reentry programs for youth returning to the community following release from a high-security, severely restrictive institutional setting” (Sexton & Alexander, 2000). The reentry programs, in particular, could be very beneficial to Mark after returning from an adult prison.
Functional Family Therapy focuses on building inner
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