Case Plan for Hypothetical Client


CasePlan for Hypothetical Client


PCN- 515

RandCanyon University

September8, 2014

CasePlan for Hypothetical Client



3rdSeptember, 2014

Dateto be Reviewed: 11thSeptember, 2014

Survey of Problem Areas


Livingin Rockford, Joan is married to Joel Dons and they have a family withone child. Married for over ten years, Joan feels that they havecemented their life together for a time long enough to withstand anyproblems in the family.


Despitethe hope for a good family, their marriage is experiencing a rockyroad in three main perspectives financial problems, marital problemsand family issues. The husband is not keen on spending moneyprudently but he is engaging in an expensive lifestyle of alcoholism.As a result, there are violence and problems in fulfillment of hismarital responsibilities.

ExtendedFamily patterns of Interaction

Hisparents and relatives are also influencing their decision to haveanother child. The parents and the relatives of the extended familylook up to her husband for financial support and as a role model,being their only son in the immediate family. Therefore, they wanthim to have more children so that he can extend the family.


SinceJoan is a leader at the church level, she feels that the communityexpects her family to be an exceptional example to others in thecommunity. Otherwise, there are no significant barriers to theproblems she is facing currently.


Theproblem at hand is the behavior, conduct and financial responsibilityof her husband. In addition, there is the negative influence of herin-laws on the decisions and conduct of her husband.

Culturaland contextual factors

Thecultural belief by the family of her husband that their son shouldhave more than one son, is influencing the family.

Surveyof Strengths and Assets


Joanhas a capacity to make her own decision and inform her husband abouther likes and dislikes. She has the capacity to consult with othermembers of the larger family and understand the problem and craftpossible solutions.

PastHistory of Success

Twoyears ago, Joan had successfully convinced her husband to shift theirhome from the husband’s place to their own apartments. This reducedthe extent of influence from the in-laws.


Joanenjoys the support of her parents, brothers and sisters. However, shehas not informed them about the current problem.

Communityand Extended family resources

Joancan use the auntie to her husband and her own uncle to talk to thehusband. In addition, she can use her clergy at the church.


Problem Area and Chalenge


Indicator of Success

Alcoholism by the Husband

To discourage the husband from drunkardnes

Number of days that the husband comes home sober per week

The influence of In-laws

To discourage relatives of the husband from making decisions for them

Reduced messages by the parents on when to expect a second child

Financial iresponsibility

To make the husband responsible for his financial roles in the family

The number of bills the hsuband pays, and eventually providing for the family

Agencyresources to be used

Joanwill use the offices of the agency to meet a rehabilitation expertwho the agency recommends to advise on the extent of addiction herhusband is facing.

Communityresources to be used

Joanwill contact Kennedy Livingstone, the church leader of the communityon 1-600-113-4598. The auntie to Joan’s husband on contact,1-800-544-5522 and her own uncle to argue on her side.




Typeof Contract Used

Inthe case of Joan above, the counselor used an overt contract becausethe case follows the information based on what the customer says.According toUngar (2011), the overt contract is based on the information that thecustomer provides to the counselor. Under this contract, thecounselor gets the information from the client, thereby making herthe main source of knowledge about her family (Parrott, 2003).

Comparedto covert contract, this type of contract (overt) gets informationfrom the client. Therefore, it is appropriate for the case of Joan.The Covert type of contract could not be used because the behavior ofthe client, Joan does in the case does not lead to any knowledgeabout her situation.

Thetype of the contract can significantly impact the effectiveness of acase plan. The contract type impacts the case plan by providing thecounselor with a basis of getting information from the client (Hughes&amp Wells, 2006). In a case where the behavior of the client is themain determinant of the information, the counselor will seek suchinformation by applying covert contract by directing questions thatinvoke the conduct of the client (Tribe &amp Morrissey, 2004). Therefore, the counselor will use an overt contract to gatherinformation when the customer opens up to describe the problem andthe desired solutions.


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Ungar,M. (2011). CounselinginChallengingContexts: Working With Individuals and Families.Belmont: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning