Select one of the following two case studies to complete your Case
Select one of the following two case studies to complete your Case Study Report.
Case Study 1
Born and raised in Kansas, Jason is a 25-year-old white male graduate student who met Fatima, a 23-year-old female international student from the Middle East, while they attended the same university as undergraduates. They have been dating for three years. Jason’s parents are strict Presbyterians, and he attends church several times a year, especially on Christmas and Easter. Fatima and her family follow Muslim traditions and observe holidays such as Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, and she and most of her family consider themselves to be Muslim. Fatima has become a permanent resident of the United States. The couple was recently pulled over by the police because a tail light on their car was not working. Fatima was driving, and the police officer made a sarcastic comment about her hijab and issued them a ticket. Fatima reports that rude and hostile incidents such as this occur in public, sometimes at work, and she is concerned about her safety. Jason is not sure how to respond to Fatima’s concerns.
As a therapist, you begin the therapeutic dialogue in the following manner, “Jason, Fatima says that when she shares her safety concerns with you, the silence is deafening. Please share with us what you hear her saying, and what goes through your mind when she talks to you about these incidents.”
Case Study 2
Todd is a 40-year-old artist and high school teacher who grew up in the Midwest. He has been married to Carlos, a 42-year-old high school art teacher from Mexico, for the past 7 years. They live and work in New York City. Carlos reports that Todd has begun to stay up late at night on his computer and does not come to bed until 2 or 3 in the morning. When Carlos asks about the late-night computer activity, Todd states that he is only completing various projects, such as lesson plans for school. Carlos logged onto Todd’s computer, and found that Todd’s browsing history had been deleted several times and he also found that Todd that had been frequenting a chatroom. He is concerned that Todd may be having an online or offline affair or may be frequenting certain web sites and then deleting them afterwards.
The therapeutic dialogue begins where the therapist asks, “Carlos, please share with Todd the reason you believe he may be cheating on you with someone, online or offline.”