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Assignment: Practicum: Decision Tree
Childhood psychosis is extremely rare; however, children that present with psychosis must be carefully assessed and evaluated with appropriate interviewing of parent, child, and use of assessment tools.
For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with early onset schizophrenia.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Evaluate clients
for treatment of mental health disorders
Analyze
decisions made throughout diagnosis and treatment of clients with mental
health disorders
The Assignment:
Examine Case 3: ( Case study in required media below) You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the diagnosis and treatment for this client. Be sure to consider co-morbid physical as well as mental factors that might impact the client’s diagnosis and treatment.
At each Decision Point, stop to complete the following:
Decision #1: Differential
Diagnosis
Which Decision
did you select?
Why did you
select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references
to the Learning Resources.
What were you
hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
Explain any
difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #1 and the
results of the Decision. Why were they different?
Decision #2: Treatment Plan
for Psychotherapy
Why did you
select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references
to the Learning Resources.
What were you
hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
Explain any
difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #2 and the
results of the Decision. Why were they different?
Decision #3: Treatment Plan
for Psychopharmacology
Why did you
select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references
to the Learning Resources.
What were you
hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
Explain any
difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #3 and the
results of the decision. Why were they different?
Also include how
ethical considerations might impact your treatment plan and communication
with clients and their families.
Note: Support your rationale with a minimum of three academic resources. While you may use the course text to support your rationale, it will not count toward the resource requirement.
Required Readings
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
· “Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders”
McClellan, J., & Stock, S. (2013). Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(9), 976–990. Retrieved from http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(13)00112-3/pdf
Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2017b). A young girl with strange behaviors [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.