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To help create a working picture of the process, a family diagram or triangle will becreated to show the interlocking influences of each member of the family. For the Smithfamily, the parents are working together in some sort of harmony where they are looking supportthe children independently and together. The children are conflicted and trying to decide whichparent to choose as mom and dad are now seen as separate. With the personal dialogues theyhave had with each other and their juvenile understanding of divorce, they are not sure how to
15choose a side. It is also probable that they are not certaint of their own personal feelingsor beliefs and everything has become unfamiliar at this point (Team, Good Therapy Editor,2018).Post Session Observations of The SmithsThe assessment in week one has revealed the family has experienced good unity and agrand support system in pre divorce conversations. The parents have determined they will bepresent together in the divide to assist the children with the change and guide them in theirunderstanding. This is healthy and will help to promote positive emotional growth and healthymaturing with the transition. There is a significant multigenerational transmission process withthe children as it is observed they have aligned together and have formed a disapproval for thedecision and have projected anger as a group towards their parents. There are obvious signs ofdistrust due to their disappointment with their parent’s unwillingness to change the circumstances(TEAM, 2018). Although the children are at different ages, they seem perceive themselves asthe victims and “targets” of this new declared action.The parents have remained strong, focused and dedicated to help their children accepttheir decision and respect their choice to move forward in a positive direction as a newly definedseparated but united family. The family leaves the first meeting with a broad understanding ofthe planned change process and a clear expectation that the sessions will be a safe space for all tobring their questions and concerns. There seems to be some optimism that all members will beequally supported as they try to gain some understanding of their new roles. Opencommunication was encouraged, and the family has been given a homework task of journaling(writing for the parents and drawing for the kids) to help them express any new feelings that theymay encounter in the coming week. Tanya and Michael have both agreed to make the time for
16one family dinner during the week so that some normalcy can be maintained. While everyone didshare their personal expectations and what they would like to gain from the sessions, a detailedplan will not be discussed until the next meeting.WEEK 2:During week two the roles and the strengths of each member has been recognized to helpsupport and develop meaningful conversation and empower the family’s attempt at opencommunication (Toseland, 2017). Because the children have aligned, we have chosen to

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Term
Spring
Professor
Chenobia Webster-Hill
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Family therapy, Michael jr

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