Discuss the problem definition and formulation

PPT Homework

Length: 11 to 12 slides.

Case Homework: Application of the Problem-Solving Model and Theoretical Orientation to a Case Study. The problem-solving model was first laid out by Helen Perlman. Her seminal 1957 book, Social Casework: A Problem-Solving Process, described the problem-solving model and the 4Ps. Since then, other scholars and practitioners have expanded the problem-solving model and problem-solving therapy. At the heart of problem-solving model and problem-solving therapy is helping clients identify the problem and the goal, generating options, evaluating the options, and then implementing the plan.

Because models are blueprints and are not necessarily theories, it is common to use a model and then identify a theory to drive the conceptualization of the client's problem, assessment, and interventions. Take, for example, the article by Westefeld and Heckman-Stone (2003). Note how the authors use a problem-solving model as the blueprint in identifying the steps when working with clients who have experienced sexual assault. On top of the problem-solving model, the authors employed crisis theory, as this theory applies to the trauma of going through sexual assault. Observe how, starting on page 229, the authors incorporated crisis theory to their problem-solving model.

In this Case Homework, using the same case study that you chose, you will use the problem-solving model AND a theory from the host of different theoretical orientations you have used for the case study.

You will prepare a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 11 to 12 slides, and you will use the Personal Capture function of Kaltura to record both audio and video of yourself presenting your PowerPoint presentation.

To prepare:

1) Review and focus on the case study that you chose.

2) Review the problem-solving model, focusing on the five steps of the problem-solving model formulated by D'Zurilla on page 388 in the textbook.

3) In addition, review this article listed in the Learning Resources: Westefeld, J. S., & Heckman-Stone, C. (2003). The integrated problem-solving model of crisis intervention: Overview and application. The Counseling Psychologist, 31(2), 221-239.


Upload your Kaltura video of you presenting your PowerPoint presentation that addresses the following:

1) Identify the theoretical orientation you have selected to use.

2) Describe how you would assess the problem orientation of the client in your selected case study (i.e., how the client perceives the problem). Remember to keep the theoretical orientation in mind in this assessment stage.

3) Discuss the problem definition and formulation based on the theoretical orientation you have selected.

4) Identify and describe two solutions from all the solutions possible. Remember, some of these solutions should stem from the theoretical orientation you are utilizing.

5) Describe how you would implement the solution. Remember to keep the theoretical orientation in mind.

6) Describe the extent to which the client is able to mobilize the solutions for change.

7) Discuss how you would evaluate whether the outcome is achieved or not. Remember to keep the theoretical orientation in mind.

8) Evaluate how well the problem-solving model can be used for short-term treatment of this client.

9) Evaluate one merit and one limitation of using the problem-solving model for this case.

Format your homework according to the following formatting requirements:

(1) The answer should be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.

(2) The response also includes a cover page containing the title of the homework, the student's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.

(3) Also include a reference page. The Citations and references should follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

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