1. What spiritual challenges can you see in this case? How would you seek to handle this person's case if they
were interested in having Christian Counseling be a part of the treatment plan?
Case Summary Michael Scott
The client "Michael Scott" born 15 March 1964, is a Caucasian man who is seeking counseling due to being referred by a friend. Mr. Scott's education level is, having graduated high school but did not attend college. Early in Mr. Scott's career he worked at Men's warehouse and then went on to work for the mid-sized paper company, Dunder Mifflin as a salesman. Mr. Scott won numerous awards for being the top salesmen in the entire company of Dunder Mifflin and because of this exceptional performance as a salesman, Dunder Mifflin promoted him. Mr. Scott is now the regional manager for Dunder Mifflin, out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Mr. Scott can also be found on the NBC series "The Office".
Mr. Scott is currently single but very much wants to find a significant other. Mr. Scott, grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania with an older brother and a single mother. His Mother, eventually remarried when Mr. Scott was in still elementary school. This marriage produced a half-sister making him a big brother. Mr. Scott's portrays his childhood has being lonely and in an on screen television interview, as a child, he stated "I wanna be married and have 100 kids so I can have 100 friends. And no one can say no to being my friend."
Mr. Scott was required to participate in six hours of counseling due to insubordination, with Toby Flenderson from the Human Resources department. Mr. Scott has an immense dislike for Mr. Flenderson, and the sessions did not go well because Mr. Scott refused to discuss anything real and fabricated stories. In the end Mr. Flenderson had Mr. Scott write out his own paperwork for the corporate office. With this previous information about mandated counseling, and Mr. Scott's immense dislike for the counselor, the hope is that he is more willing to open up and be honest about what he would like to work on to improve his conflict resolutions. To get Mr. Scott to open up, rapport needs to be built on a platform of honesty, being kind and encouraging him to be himself. Which means to allow him to occasionally be a jokester and find humor in difficult situations. Knowing this in advance, it may take more than average number of sessions to resolve the issues Mr. Scott is having.
Mr. Scott is seeking counseling for being unable to pick up on what one would call "normal" social cues, he then in turn makes highly inappropriate social blunders. Additionally, Mr. Scott has a high need for attention and his attention seeking behavior is highly annoying, as well as irritating to others. Unfortunately, Mr. Scott also engages in reckless and sometimes dangerous behavior. An example of this dangerous behavior is after the entire office takes safety training class in the warehouse and Mr. Scott plays with and continues to play with the baler, even after being told he is not authorized, nor trained in using it. Mr. Scott than decided to jump in the fork lift, which he is also not authorized nor licensed to drive and causes major damage and clean up for the warehouse workers. Further causing mayhem, Mr. Scott decides he wants to show everyone in the warehouse that working in the office is just as dangerous as working in the warehouse because of the mental stress and stress is able to cause depression. He sets up a jump castle next to the office building, pretending to be depressed and suicidal, with the intent of jumping off of the building and onto the jump castle. Essentially wanting the attention, albeit negative attention, such an extreme "prank" would garner but in the end Mr. Scott does realize the danger level and does not end up jumping.
Another example of negative attention, is for the office $20 limit Christmas gift exchange, Mr. Scott buys a $400 Ipod for Ryan Howard because he wants to impress Mr. Howard into being his best friend. When Mr. Scott receives a handmade oven mitt from Phyllis Lapin, he does not like it, voices his dislikes, hurting Mrs. Lapins feelings and he then changes the gift swap into a "Dirty Santa" where everyone swaps gifts. Swapping gifts makes the entire office unhappy and out of the Christmas mood. To try and make it better Mr. Scott chooses to buy a lot of cheap alcohol for everyone. Which does improve the overall mood but an employee also exposes herself later in the evening and Mr. Scott snaps a picture of his employee exposing herself topless.
Mr. Scott fears not having any friends and being lonely for the rest of his life. This fear hinders his ability to understand and have empathy for other people, as well pick up any social cues in sensitive situations.
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