Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.
1.Describe the methods you would use to assess and diagnose this client, based on the case study you developed. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches to evaluate which methods would be most appropriate for your client.
2.Develop a comprehensive DSM-5 diagnosis for the client that includes the principal diagnosis, medical conditions, and other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention. Use the template provided in the assignment resources. Provide a rationale for any choice of diagnosis you have made. Describe the advantages and limitations of using the DSM-5 to diagnose this client.
3.Develop a treatment plan for working with this client. What information would you gather during the assessment and diagnosis process to assist you in formulating a treatment plan for this client? How would you incorporate current research and diagnostic resources used in the counseling profession to develop a treatment plan that effectively addresses this client’s presenting symptoms and issues? Describe the links you are making between the assessment process, the diagnosis, and the approach you will take with the client during therapy. Support your choice of therapy approach with references to the professional literature. Describe the following elements in your treatment plan and use specific examples to illustrate your ideas:
•Focus of therapy.
•Goals for the client.
•Specific interventions used to help the client reach his or her goals.
4.Explain the larger environments and social systems that would need to be considered when diagnosing this client and formulating a treatment plan. Discuss the ways in which managed care companies, the health care system, school systems, the policies within your own agency, or other social, political, or economic systems might impact the diagnosis and treatment planning process with this client.
Attach a copy of the case study you wrote for the assignment as an appendix to your final project assignment.
•Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA sixth edition style and formatting.
•Number of resources: Minimum of SIX references from current, peer-reviewed journals.
•Length of paper: 5–8 typed, double-spaced pages.
•Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.