The seriousness of effects of family dysfunction normally underscores importance for the concerned community members and professionals, to help prevent child maltreatment and antisocial behaviors among children any youths. It is thus important for the professional and the concerned community agency to help children and youth who face these problems to identify their abilities and talents hence this will help them to pursue their careers and become important individuals in the society. In the film, “Good Will Hunting,” we understand that Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a genius has suffered serious antisocial behavior and family dysfunction in his life, which initially makes him want to remain a laborer for the rest of his life.
I would have recommended a number of supports under the school based family counseling approach to help Will succeed in his mathematical research and overcome both personal and interpersonal challenges he was facing. One important support that I would have recommended is use of the family therapy to help improve the academic problems Will was facing due to his antisocial behavior and dysfunctional family problems (Matthews & Menna, 2003). Therefore, a family member would be of much help to Will since by engaging one of his family members his family problems would be solved and hence help him continue with his research. In addition to this, I would recommend an advocate for Will and his family.
The other fundamental support would be to provide extra social support by encouraging Will to interact with his peers through extracurricular activities like engaging in games. This would be important, as it will help to reduce the antisocial behaviors in Will Hunting. Lastly, I would recommend Will to be provided with additional nurturing and patience. It is important for Will’s routine to be kept as regular as possible. Moreover, I would recommend Will to be provided with resource information like grief support groups (Mullis & Edwards, 2001).
One of the community agencies that would be of importance to Will is the Elliot Community Service Agency. This agency provides intensive care coordination as well as family support and training to youths aged below 21 years and suffering from serious emotional disturbance. Will falls under this age bracket and is suffering from emotional disturbance. Care coordinators support groups in this agency will help in gathering a care planning team of Will’s preference and that will include both formal for instance, state agency workers and instructors (professors) and natural supports for examples neighbors and friends to help support him in achieving his personal goals (Matthews & Menna, 2003).
The other community agency that I would recommend to help Will is the Community Support Agency, LLC. This community agency helps individuals as well as families that are affected by developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and mental illnesses reach their personal goals to live both independent and rewarding lives. The peer support groups in this agency will thus help Will to overcome his antisocial behaviors and dysfunctional family problems and as a result, he will reach his personal goals and live an independent as well as a rewarding life.
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Damon, M., & Affleck, B. (1998). Good Will Hunting. London: Faber and Faber.
Matthews, D. & Menna, R. (2003). Solving problems together: Parent/school/community collaboration at a time of educational and social change. Education Canada, 42 (1), 20-23.