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Response 1:Theories of Life-Span Development·Respondto at least two colleagues who addressed theories that are different from the theory you addressed.·State whether you might apply the theories your colleaguesevaluated to your social work practice. Provide support for your position.
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Be sure to support your responses with specific references to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.Colleague 1: BrookeThe Motivational Theory of Life Span Development (MTD)asserts that humans live their happiest, most productive lives when pursuing appropriate goals at appropriate times in their lives (Heckhausen, Wrosch and Schulz, 2010). It further supports that the established goals are pursued with direct efforts and these efforts are discontinued when the goal is either achieved or logically deemed unattainable (Heckhausen, Wrosch and Schulz, 2010). The understanding here is that people’s lives consistently take different turns depending on their current set of circumstances, and not being able to readjust accordingly results in unsatisfying, ineffective experiences. In other words, flexibility is a foundational component of this theory, as is being in touch with your own individual, ever-changing needs. When opportunities and possibility are presented to the individual,
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a goal can be established and efforts put forth to achieve saidgoal.This theory certainly has merit in that it considers the individualized set of circumstances surrounding each person, and gives credence to the fact that life experiences and available opportunities differ from person to person (Zastrowand Kirst-Ashman, 2016). During clinical sessions, application of this theory could potentially educate the client regarding the very realistic and attainable goals available to them. For example, a newly single mother may be seeking counseling services for support and guidance. The application of the Motivational Life Span Development Theory could help identify what her potential next steps may be, by labeling her current situation. Perhaps she has familial support, so childcare is available. This may help encourage her to pursue the degree she had always considered.On the contrary, this theory may appear limiting to individuals in dire situations, specifically because it encourages the assessment of the reality of a situation. For example, for a homeless man living on the streets, perhaps
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pursuing a college degree should not be the immediate plan, regardless of his previous plans. The goal, according to this theory, would be taking systematic, sequential steps to achieve what is currently attainable, and adjusting accordingly as goals are met. This process, therefore, can seem disheartening to an individual who wants to envision a better future for himself.
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