This study discussed issues surrounding the Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder (CADD) through an interview process with a female client. This disorder has only recently become known in Japan and its treatment using psychotherapy has almost never been examined. In this case, the therapist attempted to use narrative therapy. The client had problems with her husband, who was unsympathetic and short-tempered. The therapist treated her using the externalizing technique and tried to create different narratives through “unique outcomes.” This led the client to focus on her husband’s worth as a family member that can be depended on. Eventually, the unfortunate narrative and the relationship between her and her husband changed.
The study examines the usefulness of the solution-focused approach (SFA) from the perspective of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) by applying it to trauma care at a foster home. Support was provided to a child suffering from neglect using SFA to build a relationship between the child and a care worker (CW). Four types of TIC were provided including, “recognizing trauma,” “prioritizing safety,” “rebuilding a sense of control,” and “strength-based approach,” which indicated that strong point-, future-, and solution-oriented SFA approaches were useful for building a relationship between the child and CW and empowering them. Psychoeducation will be required in TIC practices using SFA for children in foster homes.
Difficulties in providing human services in the midst of the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are discussed from a discourse and social construction perspective. Assuming that the discourses surrounding SARS-CoV-2 are “infection risks of SARS-CoV-2,” “management risks of SARS-CoV-2,” and “clinical risks of SARS-CoV-2,” we examined what discourses can be found in the transition of institutional management in a private psychological practice. We also examined how these discourses affected the therapist–client relationship in individual clinical cases by referring to the concepts of “distance” and “position” in the systems approach.
Facing an unprecedented situation, we have provided mental health support for health care professionals working in hospitals that tend to COVID-19 patients. During the first wave of COVID-19, our primary support was to help ensure their safety and security. We also acted as a liaison between staff members and their organizations. Through our experiences, we ascertained that we should conduct support activities corresponding to a crisis. Moreover, a perspective of community psychology, which considers organizations as systems, is valuable in developing effective interventions to preserve sound relationships between staff members and their organizations.