Theory in Practice
This assignment highlights your ability to conceptualize theory and then apply that theory to a practice example. To begin, you will choose one of two practice vignettes to analyze. You will be asked to examine the practice vignette with clear attention to how theory (both your own theories-in-practice from the beginning of the term and the theory presented in the first five weeks of class) informs your identification of the significant issues presented in the vignette and your potential response to those issues. In your paper, you need to articulate strengths and challenges presented by the case in the vignette, analyze those through the lens of the theoretical material presented in class, and develop a set of theoretically-grounded concrete proposed actions or responses.

Your paper will need to do the following:

Start by identifying which character in the vignette you want to be — whose position are you responding from?
Clearly articulate strengths and challenges present in the vignette. You want to be sure you state your interpretations – what do you see as challenges or strengths, and what leads you to view them as such? – rather than just letting them sit as though they’re obvious or fundamentally true. Examine each of these strengths and weaknesses by providing evidence for what makes them resources or challenges.
Provide clear theoretical anchors (citing course material) as the foundation for your identification of strengths and challenges and your proposed actions. You need to use theory to analyze, not just describe, your perspective on the vignette (strengths, challenges, and proposed responses).
You need to present three or four concrete action steps you would take next. At least one has to be immediate; others may also be longer-term. The key here is to make sure the proposed actions are concrete, describing behaviors in clear terms. The action plan should follow from your identification of the strengths and challenges and be clearly anchored in theory.
You want to make sure it’s technically and mechanically well written, with APA citations and references.
Monique is a 16-year-old African American young woman who identifies as a
lesbian. She comes from what she describes as an Evangelical Christian middle-
class professional family. She is bright and charismatic, and she has acted in
several high school plays. She dreams of making it big on Broadway. Monique
lived with her biological parents and her younger (13-year-old) sister until
about six months ago, when she came out to them and reports that she was told
they had “no place in their home for that kind of person.” Monique moved
into the apartment of her 23-year-old girlfriend, Christina, whom she had been
dating for three months. She has been living there ever since.
Shortly before coming out to her parents, Monique was arrested and charged
with two criminal offenses: Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Felony
Destruction of Property (she, Christina, and several friends had been
partying and, drunk and high, went out and spray-painted several buildings and
billboards. Monique received five days in detention, was placed on one year of
juvenile probation, and was required to complete a chemical dependency
assessment. The assessment indicated significant substance abuse (alcohol and
marijuana), which both surprised and angered her parents. Monique was court-
ordered into chemical dependency treatment, although her random urine tests
indicate that she continues to use. The family entered therapy with Families
Plus, a non-profit community agency, shortly thereafter, although Monique has
been resistant to the whole process. It was in a therapy session that Monique
told her family about her sexual orientation and relationship with Christina,
whom they immediately blamed for Monique’s (and their family’s) problems.
The parents maintain the Monique ran away from home after this session.
Monique dropped out of school and began using more and more heavily in the
weeks that followed. She received three probation violations and spent several
additional days in juvenile detention. She started receiving services from
Haven, a voluntary youth drop-in center, at this same time.
After being questioned a couple weeks later about conspicuous bruises on her
face and arms, Monique disclosed to Haven staff, after begging for the
disclosure to be kept secret, that Christina was often violent to her,
particularly when they’d been drinking and/or using other substances (which
now included crystal meth). She met once with a women’s advocate from a local
DV/IPV resource center (at the request of Haven staff), but she has not
followed up. Last week, Monique learned she was pregnant following a visit to
the Haven medical program. She reports having had a “one night stand” with a
guy at a party, which she has not told Christina. Monique worries that
Christina will become violent when she learns about the pregnancy and is
committed to not telling her. She also maintains that she’s not interested in
prenatal care and intends to continue using throughout the pregnancy. She has
begged the nurse practitioner not to share this information with any of the
service providers involved in her life. Monique has maintained consistent
contact with her probation office and continues to attend family therapy
sessions, although these usually degenerate into screaming conflicts. Her
parents have been in contact with all the providers and have asked for a
meeting to clarify their “issues” and make a plan.