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What situations have you witnessed or experienced where one or more of the theory models in this chapter could have been applied? What would have been the strengths and weaknesses of two of the models? Why? Reply in 250-300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
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In mid 2019, I experienced a situation in which was very difficult that I do not speak much on, but felt after reading the crisis theory maybe other women could have been benefited from this theory as well. In about May of 2019, I became pregnant and was unaware of this, until I was in the middle of my miscarriage. I always dreamed of becoming a mother, and I’ve always been the woman to be extremely up to date with her menstrual cycle. I had noticed extreme shift in my mood, eating habits, and sleeping patterns. I was on what I believed to be my menstrual cycle, mid June, only to find out this was in fact the moment I was losing my first child at 7 weeks pregnant. I had been woken from my sleep with agonizing pain and extreme bleeding and decided to take a pregnancy test, since my cycle had been going on a week longer than usual, the test was positive and being as though the pain and bleeding seemed to be abnormal, I decided to go to my local ER with my boyfriend, we sat in the ER awaiting the results to my complications for about 5-6 hours before I was called into the room to speak with a doctor. Now here is where the crisis theory could have played a major part in my healing… The Dr. I had spoken to said to me with no emotion “Ms. Robles, it seems that you are 7 weeks pregnant, well were 7 weeks pregnant. Your HCG levels have dropped significantly and you are technically no longer pregnant. There’s nothing more to do”. I walked out the room in tears, astonished at how cruel this doctor spoke to me, and fled with emotions that my baby that I’ve only known about for a matter of hours no longer had a chance of living. If this doctor had used the crisis theory, he would have been compassionate, or even referred me to a therapist or encouraged me to speak with family as I was clearly frantic and upset, but he did not, and I sat in my bed for weeks distraught. The strength of this model could have been to give me and my partner support from a therapist or group of other people who have dealt with this. The weakness could have been that I would possibly develop a dependency on others to cope with my loss, instead of facing the reality on my own. My partner, not working or studying the human service field was very concerned about my dwelling, and even though he was hurt too, I seemed to take this loss harder, or at least expressed it more. My partner used the behavior modification theory on me, with either of us not knowing what that even was until I read this chapter. He was so concerned about me not getting out of bed, or not eating, that he would actually tell me “if you want to be alone, I will respect it, but you have to eat something in order for me to leave.” and he would watch me until I did so. The behavior modification applied here because I wanted to be alone, so I did something he requested that benefited me in the long run, in order to receive what I wanted, space, and to give him peace of mind. The benefits of this caused me to not become sick, and made our relationship stronger. The weakness was the fact that I do still dwell on our loss. Shortly after our tragedy, we did become pregnant again and are now parents to a 1 and a half year old daughter.
When I think about crises theory, I believe that this is what everyone goes through. Crises theory is basically when something disrupts the calm state of a person. In 2020 I lost my father, and it was very hard for me then, and it still bothers me. I came home maybe once or twice a year; with my husband in the military, we moved a lot and lived overseas. I did not spend time with my family because we were living overseas. So, when I had the opportunity to settle down, I started spending more time with family in North Carolina. My dad had cancer, and I did not know, and he did not tell my brothers or me. After finding out, I was in disbelief. I went home and sat by his side for surgery to remove cancer. I took leave from work to go home and take care of my dad. The hardest thing is seeing your father like that; my father was a very independent and proud man. Dr. gave him six months, so before he passed, I took him to Vegas. My dad outlived six months. I was so happy and felt he could beat cancer. When I got the phone call, my dad was back at Duke hospital. I went back home and signed him out of the hospital and took him home, the home he loved and surrounded by his kids. We passed away on March 11, 2020. I could not hold it in any longer. I broke down. Being older than my brothers, I felt I had to be strong; in the end, I could not because I lost my dad and my friend.
I believe behavioral modification could be applied. Losing a loved one is very painful, and failing that loved one can set some people back. Speaking from experience, I still today struggle with my father’s death. Death or losing your parent or child can bring on a behavior. The year 2020, after my father passed, was the pandemic. People are losing parents, children, and their loved ones. There is no time limit when it comes to losing people you love dearly. When working with children and their parent’s unfortunate children go through losing their parents to war. Children deal with the crisis of losing a parent’s children to act out with behavior or go into a shell and give the client or child positive reinforcement. When positive behavior helps people and children promote positive instead of acting out.