Assessment in Counseling To A Specific Scenario
In the present times, everyone wishes to have or values a successful marriage as this is the cornerstone of a quality lifestyle in terms of satisfaction, giving birth and raising the next generation as well as the companionship aspect that contributes to physical and emotional health and longevity. According to a study that was conducted in the United States, approximately 93 percent stipulated that ‘having a happy marriage’ is one of their most meaningful purposes in life Doherty and Carroll, 2003). Apparently, the motivations behind the desire to engage in a satisfying and happy marriage tends to be undoubtedly diverse. However, no matter how individuals try to or long for satisfying marriages, divorce and separations are part of life, and this means that not all marriages tends to be successful. Despite this, separation and divorces are not encouraged in most societies, especially due to the fact that it leads to the suffering of innocent children who have been born by the two conflicting couples. As a way of preventing divorce and separations, the role of a marriage counsellor tends be embraced by the conflicting couples. Precisely, the presence of marriage counsellors helps conflicting couples to come into terms between themselves by advising them on what they can do in order to have a satisfying marriages. Just the same way health professionals assess the level of their health services that they deliver to the patients, marriage counsellors also assess the efficacy of their counseling services. In this paper, I will analyze the marriage case study, identify the problem being presented by the clients, applying different assessment tools and describe the assessment`s scoring and interpretation.
Summary of the case study
The case entails the marriage between Mark and Jane, a couple which got married almost eight years ago. The marriage between the two have enabled them to give birth to two children, the first born being five years old and the second one is three years old. According to the couple, their initial love and attraction has turned into a constant argument and bickering. The worst thing is that every argument that they engage in seems to be almost a battle and is affecting every aspect of their life. Each of the party wonders what happened to their love and affection that they initially used to feel towards each other at the beginning of their relationship. One of the main argument has been about money and how to spend it (Marital Medication Staff, 2010). Mark is an accountant by profession while Jane is a part time lecturer in a neighboring college. Mark feels his hard work is not appreciated by his wife, while the latter feels she is always overburdened with taking care of the children, taking care of most of the household chores as well as her part time work. Each partner keeps his or her money in his or her account so that it will be easy for them to move on in case of separation or divorce. This means that the couple does not have a group bank account as this would be a bone of contention in case of a divorce or separation. However, their financial disagreements have gone to the extent of affecting their children, especially due to the fact that no one is willing to take the responsibility of taking care of them.
Primary Question for the Identified Case Scenario
The major question that is affecting the marriage relationship between Mark and Jane entails financial management. The couple has failed to sit down and discuss how they will be managing their finances. Consecutively, poor financial management skills between Mark and Jane has been contributing to the rise of blame game in their marriage. Considering the Mark is working hard for the betterment of his family, he feels that his wife Jane is not appreciating his efforts in terms of providing for the family. On the other hand, Jane feels that her husband has been overburdening her with numerous responsibilities including the fact that she is also working. The fact that each party is keeping his or her money,
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