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Posted: March 15th, 2023

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Throughout  this course and your synchronous activities, we will be focusing on the  members of the Campbell family. Please review the following case  information to get an understanding of this family, including  demographic information, roles, and identified issues. You will use this  case study as a basis for your final treatment plan.

Meet the Campbell Family

This  family lives in Fort Lupton, a rural town in northern Colorado with a  population of almost 7,500 residents. About 55% of residents are  Hispanic and another 42% are white. The unemployment rate is 16%. The  primary industry in Fort Lupton is construction, although there is also a  growing gas and oil industry.

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The family was referred to Weld  County’s Department of Health Services for assessment and evaluation  after the 15-year-old son, Jacob, was charged with grand theft auto. He  is scheduled to attend court later this week. Kali, Jacob’s 17–year–old  sister, has previously been on probation for drug use and possession of  marijuana.

Jacob and Kali’s dad, Joe, has requested a meeting. He  says, “My family is falling apart, and no one is talking about it.” He  says that Jacob is a screw–up and doesn’t seem to care, and that Kali,  who never leaves her room, is always high. “Frankly, I don’t blame her,”  he says. “My wife Karen her mother, is drinking herself to death.”

At  the intake, each family member filled out a brief entrance form. Joe is  frustrated and on edge, saying that no one wanted to come, including  his wife, and he had to bribe his daughter and son to get in the car.  Karen is sitting next to her son with her head down, avoiding any eye  contact. Kali laughs at her father and is on her phone. Jacob has his  baseball cap pulled over his eyes, slumps in his chair, and is  pretending to be asleep.

Karen Campbell

  • Karen Campbell is a 34–year–old female.  Her father is Hispanic, second generation from Mexico, and her mother  was Hopi Native American. She is a stay–at–home mom who works part time  for a friend with a house cleaning business.
  • Karen’s father is  55. He lives on the family ranch where Karen grew up, and Karen says she  sees him a couple of times a year. Karen’s mother passed away two years  ago at the age of 51 from heart failure.
  • Karen has no siblings. Her brother committed suicide when he was 14 years old. Karen was 10 at the time.
  • Karen was raised Catholic, but has not attended church in over 20 years.
  • Karen is a stay at home mom that works part time for a friend who has a house cleaning business.
  • Karen  says that she started dating Joe in the eighth grade. They married when  Karen got pregnant with Kali at the age of 17. They have been married  for 17 years, with two previous separations. The first separation was  when Karen was three months pregnant with Kali and Joe enlisted with the  Army. Karen says her mother made her move back home at that time,  because she didn’t trust Joe. When Joe finished his two–year commitment,  they reconciled, right after Karen delivered Jacob.
  • The second  separation was two years ago, and Joe actually filed for separation.  Karen says it was because she was not coping well with her mother’s  death, that she “just fell apart.” Joe didn’t know how to handle it, so  he just left. (For his part, Joe says he left her because she was  depressed and drinking herself to death like her mother did.)
  • Karen says she is anxious about obtaining help, but that she also feels guilty, and that she is a failure as a parent.
  • She  says, “My kids used to like me, we used to be close. Now they never  talk to me —they avoid me, really. I’ve failed them as a mother, so now I  really have no purpose in life.”
  • Karen reports one good  girlfriend whom she does not see often. She does not go out socially,  and she drinks at home to “calm her nerves.”
  • Karen presents as unkempt, frazzled, and nervous. She has dark circles under her eyes and looks physically unhealthy.
  • Karen reports a previous diagnosis of depression and has active diabetes. She also reports current high levels of anxiety.


The referral to Weld County’s Department of Health Services indicates that there are serious concerns about the wellbeing of this family. It is important for professionals to conduct a thorough assessment and evaluation to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to the children’s behavior. This may involve exploring family dynamics, mental health concerns, substance use, and other factors that could be impacting the children’s behavior.

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