Sigmund Freud Incorporated Into Adolescent Treatment
Sigmund Freud reminds me of a Psychiatrist and Executive Director of this residential treatment program for adolescents that I used to work for back in the late 1980s. I was a Counselor 1, and I was responsible for (6) juvenile male boys. Usually the Counselor's worked in pairs of (2) and in this facility there were approximately (5) residential care homes that were spaced out forming a circle. One house had six younger adolescents with children ranging from ages 7 through 11 years old that were 300 series code which stands for wards of the state. The other house had a co-ed population of (3) girls and (3) boys that were also 300 codes as well. These children in this house had been diagnosed with "Borderline Personality Disorder". The third home in this facility had children ages 12 through 17 and it was an all girls house with a mixture of (3) client 300 codes and (3) client 602 juvenile delinquents. The fourth home had only 300 series clients with (3) girls and (3) boys living in the same house. The ages of the residents in the fourth home were ten through fifteen years of age. There were various diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia, to having lack of impulse control, to simply being incorrigible. Last but least was the home that I worked at the majority of the time had a combination of 602 juvenile delinquents and 300 series males. This house had all teenage boys with lots of drama. The teenage boys that were 300 wards of the state mostly were Schizophrenic (Diagnosed) and the 602 juvenile delinquents boys all had very violent criminal backgrounds. This was my first job as a Counselor, so I had a lot to learn as I was very naïve and inexperienced at the time. Our male Director of the facility at that time had similarities to Sigmund Freud. In fact at one time in his life he was diagnosed with Manic Depression, and had used Lithium medication, to overcome and stabilize his condition. I also noticed that a lot of the adolescents were suffering not only from emotional problems, but depression was very prevalent throughout the population.
View of Human Nature
I give credence to Sigmund Freud's "View of Human Nature" and the Psycho sexual stages in the first six years of life. These adolescents could have been case studies under the Psychoanalytic System. All of these adolescents also exhibited a high level of both sexual and aggressive drives. The girls and boys of whom quite a few had been molested as children related "sex" to almost all aspects of their lives. Some of the girls and boys would run away from the facility and have sexual intercourse and then of course when they got hungry and tired would allow themselves to be arrested and placed back into Juvenile Hall as a probation violator. Other residents would try to sneak off in the middle of the night with each other or would simply masturbate and engage in other inappropriate sexual behaviors. The staff also had to watch out for the adolescents engaging in lesbian or homosexual behaviors.
Sigmund Freud Vinyl Wall Art
In Summary Understanding The Psychoanalytic View
The counselor's and clinicians used to pass on a lot of information to each other either verbally, memorandum documentation, and during staff shift change briefings. Looking back, I feel all the Counselor's had to have an understanding of the Psychoanalytic view. These kids had the most difficulties with their treatment plans, they had a hard time trusting others, afraid to form a close relationship (even amongst themselves), low esteem, lack of impulse control, lack of feelings of autonomy, and they had fear of accepting their sexuality. I believe that the "Psychoanalytic Theory" does include the dynamics of the unconscious and it does have a direct influence on and of behaviors, to include anxiety, development of personality (various life periods), which include oral, anal, phallic, latency and the genital stages. What do you think and does this apply to you or someone that you have known?