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Vignette For Summer 2015 Competency Exam
Vignette for Summer 2015 Competency Exam Bess is a 32 year old middle class Latina. She is an accountant at a large, well-established firm. Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old. She saw her father on weekends and described him as fun and laid back, although he had not been very successful –changing jobs frequently.
Bess was raised by her working class mother who expressed a lot of love towards Bess, but not warmth or fun. Instead, her mother focused on activities that could “better herself”. Her mother would constantly nag her if she wasn’t trying hard enough, or if her room was messy.…show more content… As time passed, she began to develop other rituals related to using the toilet, sexual issues, or the possible contamination in public places.
She presents to therapy as a result of these ritual behaviors. She reports that they take up enormous amounts of time. Furthermore, they have begun to intrude on her ability to carry out her work, the one remaining source of meaning and satisfaction in her life.
Bowen Family Systems Therapy Tenets of Theory
Section A Bowen family systems theory and therapy techniques are one in the same with regards to conceptualization. Theory and therapy operate on a continuum and not as a dichotomy. According to Bowen family system theory, patterns are repeated throughout past generations and continue in the present, which is termed multigenerational transmission process. It is important to examine and correct patterns otherwise they are continuously repeated in future generation. Early life experiences with bonding and attachment are relevant to the memories and patterns of interaction between family members and are influential to current levels of functioning. A key component to Bowen family systems theory is the concept of chronic anxiety. Chronic anxiety is not pathologically but rather a universal part of life. Few problems occur within the family system and individual