You have been hired as the counseling intern for Maeve

You have been hired as the counseling intern for Maeve.

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Click here to read the case of Maeve and information provided after the completion of an initial biopsychosocial assessment.

Tasks:

Your differential diagnosis paper will include the following:

  • Introduction: Include a brief description of the client and an overview of the client’s presenting issues.
  • Differential Diagnosis: On the basis of the information presented in this vignette, develop an appropriately coded and recorded diagnostic profile. Be sure to include all appropriate specifiers. In addition, provide your rationale to support your choice of diagnoses and use of specifiers, as well as documented support as to why other diagnoses were ruled out or are still under consideration. A discussion of differential and co-occurring diagnoses should also be provided.
  • Cultural Considerations: Describe cross-cultural factors that may influence the diagnoses that you are recommending, and identify cultural issues that may require additional exploration in treatment.
  • Health Conditions: Describe potential health conditions and consider the potential impact on the client’s diagnoses (e.g., primary, secondary, and so forth) and treatment.
  • Other Mental Health Conditions: Describe any psychosocial and environmental problems and consider the potential impact on the client, primary diagnoses and subdiagnoses, and treatment.
  • Treatment Considerations and Recommendations: Provide a summary of the counseling problem statement, long-term goals, therapist interventions, medications and side effects, modalities, level of care/placement (i.e., outpatient, inpatient, etc.), and adjunct treatment recommendations based on the diagnostic profile. Be sure to clearly outline how you will manage client risk factors in treatment. Provide an explanation of how you considered the risks and benefits of the diagnostic labels you assigned.
  • Conclusion: Provide a comprehensive summary of your case findings. Be sure to include a review of the diagnosis and any specific factors that influenced your diagnostic determination, treatment recommendations, etc.

Your final product should be a 12- to 15-page Microsoft Word document utilizing a minimum of 12 scholarly sources. Your paper should be written in a clear, concise, and organized manner. It should demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources and display accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation, and references. Please note that:

  • Only minimal direct quotes are allowed for this assignment, and only primary citations are accepted. This means you must directly read the article instead of referencing it with “as cited in” another article, and you should not simply copy the DSMdiagnostic criteria.
  • The DSM and a minimum of 4–5 peer-reviewed journal articles must be cited in the paper, with the total number of references not less than 12. Only scholarly references will be accepted.
  • The applied differential diagnosis paper must follow APA format (6th edition) (e.g., margins, page numbers and headers, abstract, text and final references, 12-point font, double spacing, unbiased language, etc.).

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, save your document as M7_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Client Presenting Issues: Include a brief description of the client and overview of the client’s presenting issues.

16

Diagnostic Profile Development: Develop an appropriate diagnostic profile.

40

Cultural Considerations: Describe cross-cultural factors that may influence diagnoses and identify cultural issues that may require additional exploration in treatment.

40

Health Contributors’ Description: Describe potential health conditions and consider potential impact on the client’s primary and sub-diagnoses and treatment.

40

Psychosocial/Environmental Contributors’ Description: Describe any psychosocial and environment problems and consider the potential impact on the client, primary and sub-diagnoses, and treatment..

40

Diagnostic Profile: Provide a complete diagnostic profile for this client.

40

Counseling Summary: Provide a summary of counseling problem statement, long-term goals, therapist interventions, medications and side effects, modalities, and placement based on diagnostic profile.

40

Case Finding Summary: Provide a summary of your case findings.

16

Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e. APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

28

Total:

300

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