Psychology Assignment - Case Study

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Running head: PSYCHOLOGYAssignment 1- Case StudyName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
1PSYCHOLOGYTable of ContentsIntroduction................................................................................................................................2Discussion..................................................................................................................................2Interpersonal skills needed for working with Patrick............................................................2Assumptions and theories of the psychodynamic approach..................................................3Analysis of the case study in context to the psychodynamic approach.................................4Solutions for the problems identified in the case...................................................................4Ethical considerations important for working with Patrick...................................................5Usefulness of psychodynamic approach for understanding human behavior........................6Reflection...................................................................................................................................6Learning about myself............................................................................................................6Comment of my suitability for social care work....................................................................7Conclusion..................................................................................................................................8Bibliography...............................................................................................................................9
2PSYCHOLOGYIntroductionThe case study provided is about a 14years old boy name Patrick martin. This childwas there in the care at the age of six months because his father was in prison and his motherwas having postnatal depression. However, he returned home but again came back to the carewithin 5 months. At very early age, he started to beg as well as steal because he got theencouragement from his mother. He uses to stay out late playing with older boys who madehim harm others. Thus, he started taking cigarettes and alcohol as a reward from his friends insmall amounts. Moreover, his behavior in school was also inappropriate which mainlyreflects in the playground where he showed aggressive behavior to his classmate. At present,he is under the Child residential care where neither his mother nor his siblings want to meethim because of this abusive and aggressive behavior. Patrick is having difficulty with his fineand gross motor skills and often complains about headache.The aim of this report is to explain the interpersonal skills needed to deal with Patrick,the case related assumptions and theories, suggested solutions, ethical considerationsfollowed by a reflection of this case study.DiscussionInterpersonal skills needed for working with PatrickWorking with children is much more difficult than working with adults. Thus, thereare few interpersonal skills, which are necessary to dealing with children like Patrick. Thefirst skill in the list isPatience,because it is the most important skill needed when dealingwith children who are as abusive and aggressive as Patrick is. These children have differentunderstanding than adults for which it is frustrating while dealing with them (Koprowska2014). The next is thecapability to hide annoyance. Children can easily understand even
3PSYCHOLOGYslight change in the adult’s attitude thus, it is important to hide tiredness as well as annoyanceelse they might feel demotivated.Keeping calm at emergenciesis another most neededinterpersonal skill needed to deal with Patrick. Working with children like Patrick in largegroups needs a calm presence because these children will look at the adult for their furtherreactions. The next in the list isCommunicationbecause it is important so that the childrencan related to situations when they are learning new skills or understanding new concepts orideas. Lastly,Enthusiasm,because these children must also understand that adults who areworking with them are comfortable being their there company (Merrell and Gimpel 2014).Most adults usually reject children like Patrick so if they find that someone is happy and likesspending time with them then definitely they will open up more.Assumptions and theories of the psychodynamic approachPsychoanalysis by Freud was the actual psychodynamic theory but as a whole, thisapproach involves the theories of Jung (1964), Adler (1927) and Erikson (1950) (Nemiroffand Colarusso 2013). The basic assumptions of psychodynamic approach are as follows-The very first assumption is that the important causes of behavior according to thistheory have their emergence in the unconsciousSecond assumption says that all the adult behavior as well as feelings are thereflection of their childhood experiencesAccording to the third assumption states that the different parts of unconscious mindthat is the id, ego and superego are in a continuous struggleLastly, this approach assumes that all human behavior including the slip of tongue arepreviously determined behaviors. This means that every behavior has a cause or areason (Colarusso and Nemiroff 2013).
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