The discussions you have had with your site supervisor and fieldwork course instructor during practicum and Internship 1.

# 5 Assignment 1 due 11/07/2019 – $30.00

· Initial Case Conceptualization

In this assignment, you will discuss the theoretical approach you selected for working with a specific client during your fieldwork experience, and how you used this perspective as you collected information about the client and developed counseling goals.

As you begin your work on this assignment, refer to what you have learned about counseling theories from:

· The material that you covered in previous courses you’ve taken during your program.

· Experiences during the Master’s Residencies.

· The discussions you have had with your site supervisor and fieldwork course instructor during practicum and Internship 1.

Complete this assignment by addressing the following topics in four-part format.

Part 1: Client Information

Select a client with whom you have worked in individual counseling sessions over several weeks during your fieldwork experience. As you present information about the client in this assignment, be sure to use a pseudonym and omit or change all identifying material.

Present a brief description (no more than two pages) of the client, including the following:

· Demographic information (such as age, gender, race/ethnicity/country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, and social-economic status).

· Current situation (including living situation, support systems, work and employment, and health).

· The client’s presenting issues or concerns.

· Relevant history. Include a brief description of key events from the client’s past that have some impact on the presenting issues or that you believed were important to consider during your work with the client.

Part 2: Theoretical Approach

Describe the specific theoretical approach you used to conceptualize this client’s case. Identify a single theory as your main approach; if you integrated a second perspective into your work (such as integrating reality therapy into a cognitive therapy approach), you will need to identify how each theory contributed to your work with the client. Do not present more than two approaches or identify your work simply as being eclectic.

Discuss your rationale for selecting this theoretical perspective, and why you believed it was the most appropriate and effective approach to use. Support your statements with a minimum of 3 articles from current journals in the professional counseling literature that provide evidence for the use of this theory with the types of issues your client presented, and/or with clients similar to yours (in age, gender, ethnicity, background, or in other ways).

Describe how using this theoretical approach influenced the information you collected about the client during the first sessions. (For example, was it important for you to take a detailed history that included information about the client’s parents and early childhood experiences?) Again, support your ideas with references to the professional literature.

Part 3: Assessment and Diagnosis

Write out the diagnosis you developed for the client, using the definitions and format in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and identify the related ICD 10 code.

Discuss the process you used to formulate your assessment and diagnosis for this client.

· How did you incorporate information collected from the client during the first sessions to reach this diagnosis?

· Did you utilize any self-report instruments (such as symptom checklists, anxiety inventories, depression scales or other assessment processes)? If so how did this information help you to formulate a diagnosis?

· Did you consult with any other persons about the client (with his or her written permission) such as parents, teachers, physicians, and past therapists?

· What social-cultural factors did you need to consider when conceptualizing your client’s case and formulating your diagnosis?

Describe how the assessment and diagnosis process was integrated into your theoretical approach for working with the client. Did the information you gathered, and the diagnosis you formulated, assist you in working from this theoretical perspective more effectively? If so, provide examples; if not, discuss the reasons why.

Part 4: Counseling Goals

List three specific goals that you developed for working with this client. These should be goals that are related to the client’s presenting issues and the focus of therapy. Each goal should be measurable – meaning both you and the client have a clear way for assessing whether the goal has been reached.

· Describe how you incorporated assessment information and the client’s diagnosis into your choice of appropriate goals for counseling.

· Discuss how you considered your client’s social-cultural background and unique personal history when selecting these goals.

· How is each goal reflective of your theoretical approach, drawing from the key concepts and assumptions of that theory?

Assignment Specifications

Your Unit 5 assignment should be between 8–10 pages long and include a minimum of 4 references from current articles (no more than 10 years old) in professional journals. You can also include books and Web sites from professional organizations in your references. Please use direct quotations sparingly; you should paraphrase most of the information drawn from outside sources and present ideas in your own words. Remember to follow APA format for your citations.

Resources

· Initial Case Conceptualization Scoring Guide.

· APA Style and Format.

Readings

· Read Sommers-Flanagan’s 2015 article, “Evidence-Based Relationship Practice: Enhancing Counselor Competence,” from the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 37, issue 2, pages 95–108.

· Read Altmaier’s 2011 article, “Best Practices in Counseling Grief and Loss: Finding Benefit from Trauma,” in Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 1, pages 33–45.

· Read Marquis, Douthit, and Elliot’s 2011 article, “Best Practices: A Critical Yet Inclusive Vision for the Counseling Profession,” in Journal of Counseling and Development, volume 89, issue 4, pages 397–405.

· Read Norcross and Wampold’s 2011 article, “Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships: Research Conclusions and Clinical Practices,” from Psychotherapy, volume 48, issue 1, pages 98–102.

· Read Ray, Hull, Thacker, Pace, Swan, Carlson, and Sullivan’s 2011 article, “Research in Counseling: A 10-Year Review to Inform Practice,” from the Journal of Counseling and Development, volume 89, issue 3, pages 349–359.

· Read Kaplan, Tarvydas, and Gladding’s 2014 article, “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling: The New Consensus Definition of Counseling,” from the Journal of Counseling & Development, volume 92, issue 3, pages 366–372.

Explore the Web sites of the following professional organizations. Locate and examine their resources regarding evidence-based practices:

· American Counseling Association (ACA).

· American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

Readings

·

Read Sommers

Flanagan’s 2015 article, ”

Evidence

Based

Relatio

nship

Practice:

Enhancing

Counselor

Competence

,” from the

Journal

of

Mental

Health

Counseling

, volume 37, issue 2,

pages 95

108.

·

Read Altmaier’s 2011 article, ”

Best

Practices

in

Counseling

Grief

and

Loss:

Finding

Benefit

from

Trauma

,” in

Journal

of

Mental

Health

Counseling,

volume 33, issue 1, pages 33

45.

·

Read Marquis, Douthit, and Elliot’s 2011 article, ”

Best

Practices:

A

Critical

Yet

Inclusive

Vision

for

the

Counseling

Profession

,” in

Journal

of

Counseling

and

Development,

volume 89, issue 4,

pages 397

405.

·

Read Norcross and Wampold’s 2011 article, ”

Evidence

Based

Therapy

Relationships:

Re

search

Conclusions

and

Clinical

Practices

,” from

Psychotherapy

, volume 48, issue 1, pages 98

102.

·

Read Ray, Hull, Thacker, Pace, Swan, Carlson, and Sullivan’s 2011 article, ”

Research

in

Counseling:

A

10

Year

Review

to

Inform

Practice

,” from the

Journal

of

Counseling

and

Developm

ent

, volume 89, issue 3, pages 349

359.

·

Read Kaplan, Tarvydas, and Gladding’s 2014 article, ”

20/20:

A

Vision

for

the

Future

of

Counseling:

The

New

Consensus

De

?

nition

of

Counseling

,” from the

Journal

of

Counseling

&

Development

, volume 92, issue 3, pages 366

372.

Explore the Web sites of the following professional organizations. Locate and examine their

resources regarding evidence

based practices:

·

American

Counseling

Association

(ACA).

·

American

Mental

Health

Counselors

Association

(AMHCA).

Readings

 Read Sommers-Flanagan’s 2015 article, “Evidence-Based Relationship Practice: Enhancing

Counselor Competence,” from the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 37, issue 2,

pages 95–108.

 Read Altmaier’s 2011 article, “Best Practices in Counseling Grief and Loss: Finding Benefit

from Trauma,” in Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 1, pages 33–45.

 Read Marquis, Douthit, and Elliot’s 2011 article, “Best Practices: A Critical Yet Inclusive Vision

for the Counseling Profession,” in Journal of Counseling and Development, volume 89, issue 4,

pages 397–405.

 Read Norcross and Wampold’s 2011 article, “Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships: Research

Conclusions and Clinical Practices,” from Psychotherapy, volume 48, issue 1, pages 98–102.

 Read Ray, Hull, Thacker, Pace, Swan, Carlson, and Sullivan’s 2011 article, “Research in

Counseling: A 10-Year Review to Inform Practice,” from the Journal of Counseling and

Development, volume 89, issue 3, pages 349–359.

 Read Kaplan, Tarvydas, and Gladding’s 2014 article, “20/20: A Vision for the Future of

Counseling: The New Consensus De?nition of Counseling,” from the Journal of Counseling &

Development, volume 92, issue 3, pages 366–372.

Explore the Web sites of the following professional organizations. Locate and examine their

resources regarding evidence-based practices:

 American Counseling Association (ACA).

 American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

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