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David Epston Interview with 16-year-old Joel

Here we will meet with Joel, who is 16 and has met with his counsellor 8 times. He has very irregular school attendance and when he does, he has panic attacks. His family migrated from South Africa when he was 12. His father has a long history of drug addiction and violence against Joel’s mother as well as Joel. Joel also has assaulted his mother. His parents are considering divorce. Joel has a younger sister, aged 12. Prospects for his future appear very bleak save his aspiration to become a veterinarian.