In the video, The Long Goodbye: Facing Dementia, Ken, Brenda, and Michael, along with their families, are affected by dementia. Dementia affects their family structure, their roles, their interaction patterns, the rules of their relationships (including the balance of togetherness and separateness), changes their homeostatic balances, and so forth. You are responsible for reviewing this video and writing a 3 to 5-page paper on the families in The Long Goodbye: Facing Dementia. This paper is not intended to be a “book report” summary of the video, but it should examine each of these individuals/families, and then describe the impact of dementia systemically, describing the changes in family structure, patterns, themes, habits, rules, and other systemic concepts. Feel free to use any concepts addressed in Activities 3 and 4 or any other concepts from Dallos and Draper (2010). To demonstrate your understanding of the systemic concepts, apply terms and citations from the assigned readings. Finally, briefly describe one thing you think a systems-informed family therapist might do while working with a family affected by dementia. To complete this assignment you might choose to tell the story of the illness development from the perspectives of different participants or select specific concepts and illustrate how these ideas have been illustrated in the documentary. Length: 3-5 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the readings and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing standards. It is essential that all assignments be submitted in APA style, with appropriate headings, formatting, references in the body of the paper, reference page, etc. Additionally, writing style, grammar, and spelling, etc. will be closely evaluated.
Films Media Group. (2010). The long goodbye: Facing dementia [Video File].
Tips to complete the Week 5 assignment.
Discussion: Reflect on the following:
- Please reflect on the concept of multiple perspectives. Note, what challenges can prevent therapists to effectively attend to diverse viewpoints coming from the multiple family members. Also, reflect how you are planning to attend to these challenges during your professional development as an MFT.
Length: 250-300 words
Your posting should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing and APA standards.