Knowledge and inspiration come from multiple sources. While it is important to read textbooks and watch videos of prominent MFT practitioners, it might also be valuable to explore other forms of resources, such as art, literature, cinema, and photography to find opportunities to reflect on what you have learned so far, acquire the ownership of the models that you are considering, and then develop a better understanding of how these models might be applied in your clinical work. This week, read a fictional novel that will help you to reflect on the theories that you learned earlier in this course, and then further explore the concepts from these theories.
Having studied social learning theory, read the juvenile fiction novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry. As you read, think about the life of Jonas (the main character) and consider why his life is the way that it is; why does he not question anything at first and then why does he change? Why can he not see color and then later he can? In short, how does his life experience determine his reality? Once you have finished reading the book, prepare a presentation that addresses the application of social learning theory to this fictional life experience. In your presentation, address each of the following questions (2 points each):
- How does social learning theory apply to Jonasâ€™ life?
- What makes it â€œnormalâ€ to live the way the community requires (e.g., to obey without question, take a pill to end the â€œstirringsâ€, to euthanize babies and the elderly that are not as healthy as others, to always be polite, etc.)?
- What is the role of both â€œnatureâ€ and â€œnurtureâ€ in his development?
- How might clientsâ€™ lives be similar to Jonasâ€™ life?
Length: 10-15 slides
Good presentations do not contain too much information in the slides/transitions. They contain enough information to â€œwhet the appetiteâ€ of the participants, and then the presenter completes the presentation with his or her narration. So, to complete the presentation, add narration with the presentations or make notes or provide a transcript of what you would say along with the slides/transitions.
Your presentation should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights (yours) relating directly to this topic. Your presentation should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards (slides should have citations where information is used from an outside source and there should be a references slide at the end with full APA citations of all material used in the presentation).