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highlight this as a strength because they are working together. While this may be a coping mechanism, this is also a sign of resiliency where the children are strengthening their bonds and supporting each other through a difficult time. The goal in therapy for the three children is to shift the negative feelings they are sharing towards their parents to positive strengths in their actions moving forward. One method we have decided to use for this process is known as sibling assignment. Thisassignment is based on the age or birth order and has little to do with strengths or capabilities (TEAM, 2018). In this family the eldest child- Nataly, has reacted negatively and is struggling to deal with the information received from her peers in school. She has also become more introverted and withdrawn from her normally positive connections with society. There is a lot ofmisunderstanding and this could create an emotional cut off from the parents. If these bonds are not protected, the children could lash out with misguided energy and emotional dysregulation. Therefore, therapeutic efforts are being directed at highlighting positive conversation, victories and personal valued contributions. As such, Nataly will be the first to lead the assignment where she will lead conversations with her siblings about what they are feeling and then share this during the sessions.
17To create active communication, we are embracing a share time to talk about positive activities each has had over the last week and point out the strengths in communicating together. Using Family Systems Theory, the focus is on the whole family unit, every member representing equal influence and significance and efforts will be made to remove the division between parentsand children and refocus on the loyalty to the family unit (Kalmijn (2013). These communication efforts can improve cohesion and encourage the family to work together as a unitand not to be defined by the new changes presented by the divorce. Working with the children and mom and dad, can enhance understanding and show all three children that they are supported, and they matter. This is important to their continued participation in the group and in overall development through the divorce process and after (Dreman & Ronen-Eliav, 1997). WEEK 3 In week three the group is shifting to promote cohesion, working more towards building efforts together as a team, a new defined family unit. Cohesion for this family is strained at the present, however, prior to the parents announcing their decision to separate, the family was an extremely tight unit, with mom and dad making sure to keep as much fidelity in their familial bond as possible. Therefore, it may be possible to pull from that previous strength and build newroles and strong cohesion (Toseland, 2017). Michael and Tanya have been well respected up to this point and have kept their children’s success in clear focus. In this week, defining the roles of each family member becomes important to reestablish respect, create new behavioral guidelines, familial expectationsand boundaries (TEAM, 2018). All family members must be secure in the understanding that