25 August 2015

Treatment Plan

Treatment Plan Guidelines
Assignment Background
The professional counselor understands the importance of treatment planning when working with clients.

Assignment Instructions
1.      Review the case history of each client below.
2.      Develop a treatment plan for one of the clients.
Assignment Requirements
1.      Correctly incorporate the key issues presented by the client.
2.      Be sure to address the medical, mental health, social history, substance abuse, legal issues, support systems, strengths, assets, and resources available to the client.  Accurately and objectively document this information in the treatment plan.
3.      Using the DSM, please complete the 5-axis approach to treatment planning. In addressing short- and long-term goals and treatment methods, be sure the treatment methods align with the DSM diagnosis.
4.      Demonstrate correct application of the DSM 5-axis approach by referencing and providing appropriate citations from the DSM.
5.      Create 6-10 questions regarding additional information they would want to know about the client (add to the completed treatment plan template).
6.      Write a 1,000-1,250 word essay from the information you gathered.
7.      Three to four academic resources are required for this assignment.










Client Case Histories
Allison W.
Allison W. is a 59-year-old, Caucasian, single woman living alone in her family home. She is slightly overweight, but is well-groomed and alert. She lived with both parents until their deaths, and is still actively grieving the loss of her mother although it has been three years since her mother died.  At age 35, she hurt her back, was taking Benzodiazepines for muscle relaxation, and needed to detox after six months of treatment.  She is in general good health but has anxieties and fears about any medical issues and ruminates about medical test results. Allison admits to researching on the Internet regarding symptoms she believes she is experiencing including racing heartbeat, dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath.
Allison admits feeling tired, unfocused, and stressed. She reports losing track of what she tries to say, and her mind races when she goes to bed. She reports poor sleeping and eating habits.
Allison is an art instructor at a small community college and has many colleagues and friends but no close relatives or significant other.

Sonia B.
Sonia B. is a 40 year-old, Asian American, divorced (for six months) woman living with her 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. She presents a neat and professional appearance and maintains a successful career in middle-level management. Sonia has worked for the same company for over 10 years, but finds herself worrying about losing her job and being unable to provide for her children. She has very high standards for herself and is often self-critical if she doesn’t meet her own expectations. Currently, she is struggling with feelings of worthlessness and shame due to her perceived inability to perform as well as she has in the past at work and at home.
For the past several weeks Sonia has felt very fatigued and found it hard to concentrate at work or involve herself with her children’s activities.  Her doctor recommends being assessed for a thyroid condition. Her coworkers have noticed that she is irritable and withdrawn, which is unlike her usually friendly and easy-going personality. Although she denies thoughts of suicide, Sonia has found herself increasingly dissatisfied with her life. She admits to having frequent thoughts of wishing she was dead but worries about how her death would affect her children.



Frederick R.
Frederick R. is a 22-year-old African American single man. Frederick’s appearance is slightly disheveled and he has difficulty maintaining eye contact. He is a computer science major residing in the residence halls at a small private Baptist college. During the past several weeks his family and friends have noticed increasingly bizarre behaviors and Frederick has stopped going to classes. On many occasions he has been overheard whispering in an agitated voice when alone. At this time Frederick insists he is the reincarnation of Jesus.
Frederick occasionally goes to bars with friends, but has never been known to abuse alcohol or drugs. He has a history of childhood asthma that reoccurs on occasion with stress.  Recently he had broken up with his girlfriend accusing her of trying to give him drugs and poison him. Frederick’s parents have tried to take him to a psychiatrist for an evaluation, but he refuses because they fail to recognize him as Jesus.

Roger K.
Roger K. is a 73-year-old Hispanic widowed man. He has a fixed income and lives in an assisted living facility following a minor stroke. Roger has partial paralysis on his right side, but has responded well to physical therapy. He presents very friendly, outgoing, and cooperative, but staff and other residents report he can be sullen, forgetful, and even belligerent at times. Roger has a son and two daughters (and several grandchildren) who visit him weekly and take him on outings. Roger walks with a cane and leaves the facility on his own several times a week to go to church. Often it is after these outings when Roger’s behavior appears altered.
Staff and other residents have reported the odor of alcohol on Roger but he has not seemed intoxicated. Roger denies any substance abuse history but does admit to “enjoying a beer sometimes.” He reports he and his late wife had an active social life including dancing and drinking. Roger states he thinks about his wife often and misses her.

Jonathan A.
Jonathan A. is a 16-year-old Caucasian male. He was well-groomed and fashionably dressed. He gave detailed responses showing blatant disrespect for his mother’s opinions. He lives with his mother and two younger siblings in a working-class neighborhood. Jonathan attends Harper High School where he is enrolled in the tenth grade. Until this current year, Jonathan was a good student with an excellent attendance record and was active in several extracurricular activities. Currently he has been truant several times and has failed two subjects in the first semester.
Jonathan’s mother reports Jonathan has made new friends she does not know and is concerned about their influence on her son. He habitually comes home after his set curfew.
Jonathan’s parents have been divorced for two years, and his father has recently remarried and moved out of state. Jonathan denies these changes have affected him, reporting his younger siblings are more affected by the limited contact with their father. Jonathan reports he has never been close to his father.  When asked if he is concerned about his failing two subjects, Jonathan replied he didn’t care if he finished school or not as “nothing matters anymore anyway, I’m a failure and don’t fit in.”  He presents with no medical problems

Traci H.
Traci H. is a 10-year-old African American girl. She was neatly dressed and groomed and appeared quiet but cooperative during the interview. She lives with her mother and stepfather in a middle-class neighborhood. Traci attends Harrison Elementary school where she is enrolled in the fifth grade. She normally maintains good grades in school and states that she likes school, but her grades have slipped the last quarter. Her mother reports she is concerned that Traci has been more withdrawn lately and not interested in activities she previously enjoyed including her friendships with other girls in the neighborhood. Traci is experiencing nightmares, sleeplessness, and complains of stomachaches and headaches. She has also shown a preoccupation with clothing, grooming, and weight. Neither Traci nor her mother is overweight, but Traci’s mother reports her daughter has been picking at food and refusing to eat certain foods because she “does not want to get fat.” Traci appears tall for her age and her weight seems proportionate to her height, but her mother reports she has not gained any weight in the last six months.
Traci sees her father, stepmother, and two stepsisters weekly. She reports she enjoys these visits. Her mother states at times Traci has told her she prefers not to visit her father’s home.


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25 August 2015

Scholarly vs. Popular MediaInstructions
Choose a topic on sexuality that interests you.
Find a scholarly article
Summarize the scholarly article
Write a 300-400 word summary of the scholarly article you selected, including:
The hypothesis of the study (what was he author trying to prove or disprove?)
How the study was conducted, including:
The group of people researched and written about (colleges students? adolescents? the elderly? military members? sexual minorities? etc.)
The research method used (i.e. naturalistic observation, lab experiment, survey, etc.)
The results of the study, the interpretation of the data by the authors and any conclusions they include at the end of the article.
Find and summarize the popular media article Find and analyze/summarize an article from the popular media that covers the same topic as the scholarly paper. Acceptable popular media sources include sources like:
Traditional newspapers
Magazines
Credible websites
Unacceptable popular media sources include:
Blogs
Wikis
Wikipedia
TV shows
Movies
Tabloids (National Enquirer, etc.)
Write a 300-400 word summary and review of the popular media article.
Summarize the key points and include any information that identifies the group and the methods described.
Describe any conclusions drawn by the authors.
Critique (about 500 words)
Compare the article from Step 3 with the article from Step 4, addressing the following:
What do they have in common?
Other than visually, how are they most different?
What is the value for consumers reading each?
What are the cons associated with the way each presents the information?
Both sources can be important means of communicating information about your topic. Explain what is best about the scholarly approach and why, and what is best about the popular media approach and why. Consider:
Reasons professors require students to use papers from peer-reviewed and professional organizations.
Reasons for studying sex formally instead of just learning about it from popular media sources.
Conclusion (about 500 words)
Conclude your paper. Include insights you gained from conducting the review, summary, and comparison of the two forms of information. You may comment on their relative interest to you or the average reader.

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25 August 2015

Love is a pain that demands to be felt Essay

Love is a pain that demands to be felt Essay

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25 August 2015

Terrorism
Terrorism
Paper instructions:
Laure Calhoun, in her essay The Terrorists Tacit Message {Peace Review 1 March 2002, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 85-91(7) } suggests that terrorists are just using the same official justification that governments use for war to justify their acts of terror. This is the “just war” justification—in brief, it is ok to go to war as long as it is for self defense, or the protection of important rights including property rights, and all other methods to settle the dispute in question have been tried without success. What is the real difference between terrorism and modern wars which have targeted noncombatants and civilian facilities in accordance with “the standard total war policy.” Is terrorism always a bad thing or can it be justified under certain conditions

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25 August 2015

EvolutionEvolution assignment

Natural selection and evolution play a large role in behaviors of animals, including humans. The Owens et al. study assigned for reading this week introduces a strain of mice that have been selected (scientifically, rather than naturally) for behavioral sensitivity to alcohol. These selected strains of mice are an example of evolution through selection for certain traits. Write a 2-3 page paper (excluding the reference section and title page) discussing a particular strain of animal where a particular behavior has been selected for. You can select almost any behavior and find selection studies that have been done in mice and rats. You can also use the long-sleep and short-sleep mice that have been presented in the article this week. Be sure to discuss not only the selection process and impact but also other associated changes resulting from the initial selection process. As you will find if you search the long-sleep and short-sleep mice there will be a significant number of changes that occur at the neurochemical and behavioral level as a result of the initial selection study.
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Week One Written Assignment Grading Criteria
Content Criteria
4 Points
An animal strain that has been selected on a particular behavior or phonotype is
clearly identified.
The selection process for the phenotype or behavior is clearly identified.
Secondary behavioral changes as a result of the selection are discussed.
Secondary neurochemical changes are examined.
Writing and Organization Criteria
1 Point
The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.
The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.
Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.
Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.
Spelling is correct.
Research Criteria
1 Point
The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.
Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on ProQuest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wilkipedia.com and about.com.
Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).
Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.
When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.
Style Criteria
1 Point
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
Total Possible Points

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