Theory Identification and Analysis

Theory Identification and Analysis

Assignment Overview

This assignment is the first in a sequence that leads to the final course project. This first component presents the task of analyzing how a theoretical framework might be applied to a case study in a professional context.

By successfully completing this assignment, you demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAS and behaviors:

· C4.GP.B. Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings.

· C6.GP.A, C7.GP.B, C8.GP.B, C9.GP.B. (Engage) (Assess) (Intervene) (Evaluate). Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks with clients and constituencies.

For the first component of your course project, select a case study and a theory. Your first task in this assignment is to review the case studies from the Case Study Treatment Plan media, centered on Levi and Hofsa.(SEE BELOW). Select one of these case studies to use for your course project. Then, choose a theoretical framework you think is appropriate to the case; you will later analyze the case using your chosen theory.

In this assignment, develop a picture of who you believe this individual to be. Consider his or her salient characteristics, traits, resources, and barriers. Together, how do all of these facets impact his or her behavior and response to the situation presented in the case study? Also analyze the selected theory within the context of this case. Important: You do not apply the theory to this case until the Unit 7 assignment.

Assignment Instructions

For this assignment, complete the following:

· Organize client information to paint a picture of their present intersectionality.

· Develop a statement of the presenting problem.

· Identify and discuss the key components of the theory you selected to apply to your chosen case study (Levi or Hofsa).

· Component examples include psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, person-centered, feminist and gender sensitive theories, systemic, et cetera.

· Evaluate the theory you have chosen. Explain why the theory is selected to analyze your chosen case.

· Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your selected theory, using academic resources to support your position.

· Evaluate how cultural competence is applied to your selected theory.

· Describe at least one implication of the theory as it relates to human behavior and development for your chosen case study of Levi or Hofsa.

Additional Requirements

Your assignment should meet the following requirements:

· Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

· APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.

· Cited resources: A minimum of three scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years.

· Length of paper: A minimum of four double-spaced pages, not counting title page, abstract, or reference list.

· Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.



Levi’s Case

Levi is a 35-year-old man who is HIV positive. He works as an auto mechanic. Since learning that he was HIV positive 10 years ago, Levi has been on medications that have stopped the progression to AIDS, and Levi is fairly healthy. However, the emotional toll has been much more serious. Levi has withdrawn from most social interactions. He has not told anyone in his family, and he has fallen away from most of his friends. He has been able to obtain a variety of medications for anxiety, and often takes more than the prescribed dosage. In addition, he has had a cocaine habit that he views as his only area of excitement in life. His pattern of use is on weekends, or sometimes as a “pick-me-up” to get to work. He tends to use the anti-anxiety medications in the evening to help him relax and sleep. He sees his life slipping away in what has come to feel like an increasingly empty lifestyle. He calls a counselor to talk about his problems.

Hofsa’s Case

Hofsa is a 24-year old Muslim woman from Somalia. She was able to relocate to the United States when she was 18; she has been living on her own, taking college courses and working since that time. Recently her family has been able to come to the United States and they have joined her in Minneapolis. Her family has had a traumatic time in Somalia, and are having trouble assimilating in the US. They expect Hofsa to work and support them, and always be available to take them where they want to go, to serve as an interpreter, etc. Since Hofsa has been in the States, she is less strict about following the strict, traditional Muslim guidelines that her family practices and this is a constant source of conflict within the family. To make matters even worse, Hofsa has fallen in love with another Somali refugee; the problem is that he is from a tribe in Somalia that Hofsa’s family considers an enemy tribe.