The Case of Jeremy © 2014 Argosy University M6A1: Case Study 2 The following case study is adapted from Pearson’s MyCounselingLab for Counseling Theories (Seligman & Reichenberg, 2014).

The Case of Jeremy © 2014 Argosy University M6A1: Case Study 2 The following case study is adapted from Pearson’s MyCounselingLab for Counseling Theories (Seligman & Reichenberg, 2014).

You are a mental health counselor in an outpatient mental health center. Jeremy’s mother, Jane, called asking for an appointment. She was referred to you by a behavioral managed care organization. Jeremy’s mother states that the juvenile office has suggested counseling for her son. Jeremy, who is 15, and his stepfather, Al, had an altercation because Jeremy threatened to harm his parents and destroyed some furniture. Jeremy’s parents reported this incident to the juvenile officer. Jeremy is also on out-ofschool suspension for talking back to school authorities and for fighting at school.

Al is 35 and has been married to Jane, also 35, for the last 9 years. Each has been married before. Jeremy sees his biological father about once per month. Al’s daughter, Jessica, is 13. Jessica lives with her mother and visits Al every other weekend and two days during each week. Both Al and Jane are high school graduates, and both are employed. Jeremy had attended counseling when he was in the primary grades and was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactive disorder. His grades in school are average, though he has one F in English/Language. His parents have hired a tutor to help him with this class. Jeremy has had detention about once per week for the last several months and is now on out-of-school suspension.

His parents report almost daily calls from the school regarding Jeremy’s behavior. Jeremy’s at-home altercation with his stepfather has led to a 3-month probation with the juvenile office. During the assessment interview, the family members often interrupt one another. It resembles a conversation food fight. At no time does anyone have the opportunity to finish a sentence. They do not engage in any eye contact and speak primarily in negative terms with one another. Jeremy seems to be easily frustrated and freely expresses himself, though no one seems to listen. Jeremy also mumbles quite a bit and does not make eye contact with anyone in the room. His conversation social skills seem to be absent,

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