PCN-521 Topic 6

PCN-521 Topic 6: Experiential Interventions
Directions: Review the Vargas Family Case Study, Topic 6. Develop three experiential interventions that you would use with the Vargas family.
It’s time to get creative! You have noticed that the Vargas family struggles with emotional expression, particularly with congruent emotional expression (i.e., words, actions, and body language being congruent). Using the Experiential Interventions Template, develop three experiential interventions that you would use with the family and describe why they would be helpful to the family. Be sure to fully address each section in the template for each of the 3 interventions in your paper:
Intervention 1
Title of your Intervention:
Play therapy
General Goals:
Help children in expressing their emotional issues and bring about a positive change in the Vargas family (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010). Another goal is to help a family in bringing out their real feelings, which include their fears, their hopes, and desires which are directly connected to family problems (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010). This intervention is also aimed at enabling family members to perform fulfilling roles without feeling as a burden. Parents will also be able to appreciate their children regardless of their feelings and experiences (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010).
Materials Needed:
Various types of media, which include a collection of stories, plays, music, and drama (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010).

Advance Preparation Needed:
Therapists can prepare the children by helping them in understanding the games, which can involve the creation of a family scene. The parents should also be trained on how to gather information during the process, which may involve determining any issues faced by the children (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010). This may include problems that they are having in their relationships with other individuals, which might have contributed to the current problems that they are experiencing (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010).
Description of the Intervention with the Vargas family:
This intervention will help the Vargas family in addressing their emotions by improving their communication, which is important in addressing arising issues (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010). The Vargas family has communication problems, which have caused problems between Bob and his wife Elizabeth. This has led to the parents having different views related to the problems that they are experiencing. This intervention can be used to solve conflicts through play by engaging in different play activities (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010).
Discuss the benefits of the Intervention to the Vargas family:
This intervention will benefit the Vargas family in addressing the behavior change of their son who is the main reason for the problems experienced in the family. Since their children are very much interested in play activities, this intervention will be an advantage to the Vargas family by providing a platform for their children to express their emotions (Lowenstein ; Post-Sprunk, 2010).
References (if any):
Lowenstein, L., ; Post-Sprunk, T. (2010). Creative Family Therapy Techniques: Play and Art-Based Activities to Assess and Treat Families. Retrieved from https://www.lianalowenstein.com/articleFamilyTherapy.pdf
Intervention 2
Title of your Intervention:
Adventure therapy
General Goals:
This intervention should help the Vargas family in developing problem solving skills and self-awareness, which is lacking in the Vargas family (Thompson et al., 2011). Thus, intervention will use outdoor learning activities, which will enable the counselor to conduct an assessment at a group level. This intervention is also expected to increase mutual support in a family setting by enabling the members to understanding each other. This intervention will also help the family members to release any negative emotions and feelings (Thompson et al., 2011).

Materials Needed:
Hiking boots, food items, ropes, and travelling gear (Thompson et al., 2011).

Advance Preparation Needed:
The family needs to be notified of the activities involved in this intervention, which will help the family in adequately preparing itself for the trip (Thompson et al., 2011). Training may be done on how to climb mountains and to play certain games. Necessary hiking items should also be ready which include ropes, sporting clothing, and food items (Thompson et al., 2011).
Description of the Intervention with the Vargas family:
This intervention will be an advantage to the Vargas family by breaking the monotony of being in the house by changing the environment, which is important in finding solutions to their current problems (Thompson et al., 2011). This intervention will help the Vargas family in the end by helping the Vargas family to maintain any gains achieved in addressing the challenges that they are currently facing (Thompson et al., 2011). This intervention has also an advantage of reducing the repeat of any negative behavior, which is important in preventing future reoccurrences of the current problems, which are attributed to Frank’s behavior change (Thompson et al., 2011).

Discuss the benefits of the Intervention to the Vargas family:
This intervention will help the Vargas family members in developing self-efficacy by engaging in problem solving activities (Thompson et al., 2011). This intervention will also benefit the Vargas family in addressing any physical and emotional issues affecting the family (Thompson et al., 2011). Some of the challenges in the Vargas family include continuous arguments between Bob and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is also having issues with her son Frankie who is backed up by his father. This has led to worsening of the current situation with Elizabeth and Bob having different views about their son. This intervention will improve the relationship between the family members, which will help the family members in avoiding any activities, or behaviors, which may affect other members of the family in the future (Thompson et al., 2011).

References (if any):
Thompson, S., Bender, K., Cardoso, B., & Flynn, P. (2011). Experiential activities in family therapy: perceptions of caregivers and youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20 (5), 560.

Intervention 3
Title of your Intervention:
Expressive therapy
General Goals:
This intervention is aimed to encourage the expression of feelings in the Vargas family by using creative art. This is expected to bring healing in the Vargas family by implementing various forms of creativity (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016). Members of the Vargas family will be able to examine themselves in terms of their feelings, bodies, and emotions through creative expression (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016).
Materials Needed:
Materials needed include different forms of art elements, which include music, stories, visual elements, and other forms of imagery (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016).
Advance Preparation Needed:
Therapists can train clients on how to use creativity expression to examine themselves, which will foster healing (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016). The clients can also be introduced to the types of art elements to be used during the process. This includes the types of dances, music, and poetry, which will make them aware of what, is involved (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016). For this intervention to effectively function the therapist should collaborate with the clients to help them where they are stuck. The therapists should as well be sufficiently prepared as required by The International Association of Expressive Arts Therapy, which has the responsibility of handling the arts and processes involved in the expression therapy (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016).
Description of the Intervention with the Vargas family:
This intervention is suitable to the Vargas family as most of the family members are afraid of expressing their feelings due to the fear of worsening the situation (Goldenberg, Stanton, & Goldenberg, 2016). Elizabeth who is Bob’s wife is struggling to express herself to her husband as well as to the children. This is seen when Frank assumes that her mother is angry with her, which she denies (Goldenberg, Stanton, ; Goldenberg, 2016). Elizabeth also looks at Bob with an angry look when Heidi shares to the family that she was having fun playing soccer. Bob is also angry with Frank but smiles at him. This later change when he yells at him in the car.
Discuss the benefits of the Intervention to the Vargas family:
This intervention will help the Vargas family members in expressing their feelings, which will be addressed immediately instead of pilling up these emotions, which can later lead to problems that are more serious (Goldenberg, Stanton, ; Goldenberg, 2016). Sharing feelings and thoughts creates an improved relationship within the family members, which also improves trust. There are relationship problems between Bob and Elizabeth as well as between Elizabeth and Frank. With improved trust between the family members, any issues, which arise, can be easily addressed. This intervention will also benefit the Vargas family in improving cooperation between the family members. This will help the family in addressing future issues, which arise (Goldenberg, Stanton, ; Goldenberg, 2016).

References (if any):
Goldenberg, I., Stanton, M., ; Goldenberg, H. (2016). Family therapy: An overview (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage