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Sigmund Freud Incorporated Into Adolescent Treatment

Updated on April 4, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

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Psychoanalytic view

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.

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?

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Absolutely! I totally agree. Almost every University in the country has therapists, psychologists, and all counselors study and digest Freud. Thank you for backing me up on that fact Monia. I always appreciate your comments.

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      monia ben saad 

      3 years ago from In my Dream

      Freud was always and still the unique person who analaysed human as it was a simple toy , brilliant person , he should be the best example for new generations .

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you for your feed back. Everyone is entitled to his or her own beliefs.

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      3 years ago from now on

      I appreciate the fact that you had intense and specific experience as a Counselor with the application of Sigmund Freud's "View of Human Nature" and the Psycho sexual stages in the first six years of life and since I have no such experience I find it hard to take issue with your observations of that experience. However, I would venture to liken your conclusions to the dedicated biologist who applies sound scientific techniques and research to the study of a species correctly identifying and cataloging all aspects of it's existence and place in nature yet asserts this information is the end result of an evolutionary process not evidenced in the least by his findings but solely because of his predisposed belief in a theory of evolution which is not proven.

      Similiarly Freud's "View of Human Nature" and the Psycho sexual stages in the first six years of life could be accurate (not saying they are or aren't as I am not as a qualified as you to make that conclusion) but there could be other explanations of his view that he doesn't consider because of his predisposed belief there is no God. Freud is now best known for his psychoanalytical method. It has been recognized that there are similarities between psychoanalysis and the occult doctrines of the Kabbala. They both share an emphasis on male and female elements, in a fixation with numbers and in the exploration of a variety of symbols. Freud was also deeply interested in witchcraft and other occult phenomena. On Saturday evenings, he would frequently play tarock - a card game associated with the Kabbala. However, he appeared to have a conscious hatred of religion.

      Personally, I know that there is a God, the God of the Bible, and so find it very hard to ascribe to any "View of human nature" at any level by anyone that discounts His existence for the Bible itself, the inspired Word of God declares “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). So, from my point of view to ascribe to any theory or "View of human nature" (no matter how accurate it may appear to be) void of God and his teachings, revelations to mankind is at best incomplete and at worst is pure foolishness.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Dr. Billy Kidd for your comment.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 

      3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Freud projected his sexual addiction onto children, and then saw himself in children and adults.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you for sharing your own personal experience. Thete are a lot of group homes out there with caring staff members. What I have found for the clients is they respond favorably in this form of residential treatment. It is a way better altetnative for them instead of incarceration in an institution.

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      My mother was BHT (Behavioral Health Technician) for years. My nephew is 6 and has been institutionalized many times, hospitals, and almost a full year in Foxrin, a facility much like a juvenile detention center, with focus on the mental issues each client may suffer. So this article hits very close to home for me. I have to say I totally agree. Very well written, voted up, interesting and useful!

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