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SOCW 6060
Oct 28, 2023
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1 Application of Attachment Theory to a Case Study Victoria Jones Master of Social Work, Walden University COURSE 6060: SW Theory & Clinical Practice Dr. Kelly Lynn Collins-Colosi September 16, 2023
2 Application of Attachment Theory to a Case Study According to the psychological theory of attachment, having early connections with one's primary caregivers lays the groundwork for forming trusting interpersonal bonds. It contends that a person's attachment style develops during infancy and lasts into adulthood and that the strength of an individual's early attachment relationships with their caregivers will determine how securely they can form relationships with others throughout their lives. Bowlby, the creator of this theory, believed that the development of the entire life span depended on the quality of interactions between the infant and caregiver(s), starting at birth and explicitly driven by the child's needs for safety and protection (Turner, 2017-03-23, p. 1). Sam Franklin is a 41-year-old retired military veteran who longs to be recognized as the family's patriarch, struggles to connect with his children, and uses alcohol to cope with his PTSD. According to attachment theory, Sam's issues are probably caused by the relationships he had in his earlier years, particularly with his father. Sam's dad raised him to believe that "real men" do not show weakness, are independent, do not rely on others, and must serve their country; as a result, Sam feels obligated to continue his father's work as a provider for his family. According to attachment theory, the strength of a child's and caregiver's early attachment relationships will determine how securely a person can form relationships with others throughout their lives. As a clinician, you would use attachment theory to investigate and elaborate on this relationship because it may be the main reason Sam is going through the difficulties he is currently going through. Although considered traits of the child, attachments—the internalized bonds that develop in attachment relationships—reflect particular dyadic qualities and interactive histories (Turner, 2017-03-23, p. 3).
3 Assessment and Interventions for Attachment Theory Using the principles of attachment theory as a guide, I would ask Sam questions like, "Did your parents show healthy communication or affection?" and "Do you feel that your desire to live up to your father's standards is impacting your ability to parent and develop meaningful relationships with others?" to help him work through his issues. Sam's ability to succeed in his current relationships, which will help him deal with his recent struggles, depends on his ability to understand the importance of dissecting and untangling the attachment issues he is experiencing due to his attachment to his father. In a client-social worker relationship that is informed by attachment theory, the social worker's job as a helper is to assess the client's needs and, when possible, create environments that will best allow the client to feel "secure" ( Bringing Practice Into Theory: Reflective Practice and Attachment Theory.: @ Walden University Library , n.d.). This is helpful to remember when developing interventions to help the client. I would use the intervention of rapport-building to build a "secure base" or solid relationship by utilizing strategies and person-centered approaches designed to promote openness and trust. Sam's mental health, communication style, and intrapersonal relationships have all been impacted by attachment, and I would use insight- building to help him understand this. I can use a self-reflective question influenced by attachment theory to help me better understand Sam's situation: What relationships have I had in the past that I have an attachment to outside of my family? How has that affected my interpersonal bonds and relationships? As a result, I would be better able to understand Sam's inner workings and feel more empathy for him, which would be beneficial in helping me create a treatment plan for him.
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