Case Study: Jennifer is a 33-year-old woman who is unhappy with her current employment. Jennifer works for an online distribution company and is responsible for monitoring the inventory and keeping the records up to date at all times. She has been doing this job for the past three years and has never felt fulfilled. Before this job, she was a full-time mother and had not worked since she was 24, when she worked as a teller at a bank. Those are the only two jobs that she has ever had. She currently makes $11 per hour and often has to work overtime shifts to make ends meet for her family. She is a single mother raising two young girls, ages 5 and 8. She and her daughters have been living with her parents since her divorce four years ago. Jennifer desires to be independent and on her own with her children, but she needs more financial stability to do so. She has thought about trying to apply for a management position, but she is not sure if she is qualified. She has a high school diploma, but does not have any college experience. Jennifer has recently experienced interpersonal issues at her job with two other coworkers. Her work environment has left her feeling stressed and anxious. Jennifer would like to consider a career change, but she is not sure how to start. Ultimately, she wants to strive for financial stability, and she wants to feel happy when she goes to work.
Analyze the interrelationships among Jennifer’s work, family, and personal life roles, according to Social Cognitive Career Theory.
Write a formal vocational treatment plan that includes the following:
Specific and measurable goals and objectives
An action plan for how to meet the goals and objectives
A description of how progress towards goals will be evaluated
A termination plan
Tips for a treatment plan:
Treatment Planning Steps I. Relationship Building Describe some key factors you will have to consider and act upon related to your client and relationship building.
II. Assessment: Information Gathering and Exploration List information you have to obtain from a historical and current environmental situation. Will you need to conduct any specific or more formal career and vocational assessments? Are there any other mental health, social, familial, or other significant factors that need to be considered?
III. Consolidation Process, Decision Making, and Goal Setting The best way to establish goals is to ask the client, “What do you want to change?” and “What would that change look like?” Together, you can then formulate attainable goals. Remember, goals are outcomes for the client and should be worded accordingly. That is, you would not place the words learn job-interviewing skills under goals. You would place the words under interventions, as it is an intervention for the purpose of obtaining a job.
You will have to set short-term goals and long-term goals.
Remember that your goals should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and timed, or SMART.
• Short-term goals o Relief of symptoms of anxiety o Practice job-interviewing skills
• Long-term goals o Resolution of employment issues o Improved sense of financial security
IV. Action Planning and Interventions Interventions are actions taken by the counselor. Ask yourself what you, the counselor, will be doing in the session to help the client achieve the established goals. List the actions you will take as a career and vocational counselor to help the client achieve his or her short- and long-term goals.
V. Ethical or Legal Considerations Identify and note at least one ethical or legal consideration related to your case.
VI. Referral Resources Include any possible outside referrals that may support or expand the client’s progress toward attaining his or her goals.
VII. Follow-Up Plan and Other Supports Include how, and in what way, you will adequately follow-up during the action plan’s implementation phase. List any other environmental, social, or family supports that might be needed to support the interventions.
VIII. Termination and Evaluation Plan Describe your evaluation plan to monitor and record your client’s progress during the course of, and at the end of, the career counseling action plan.
Note what considerations need to be examined related to termination and a successful ending to the career counseling action plan.
Include a minimum of three to five scholarly resources that directly support your main points. Format your paper consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines. Case Study