When issues arise within a family unit, the family often presents with one member identified as the “problem.” However, you will frequently find that the issue is not necessarily the “problem client,” but rather dysfunctional family patterns and relationships. To better understand such patterns and relationships, and develop a family treatment plan, it is essential that the practitioner appropriately assess all family members. This requires you to have a strong foundation in family assessment and therapy. This week, you practice assessing and diagnosing client families presenting for psychotherapy.
Assessment is as essential to family therapy as it is to individual therapy. Although families often present with one person identified as the “problem,” the assessment process will help you better understand family roles and determine whether the identified problem client is in fact the root of the family’s issues.
Document the following for the family in the video (transcript of video provided), using the Comprehensive Evaluation Note Template:
- Chief complaint
- History of present illness
- Past psychiatric history
- Substance use history
- Family psychiatric/substance use history
- Psychosocial history/Developmental history
- Medical history
- Review of systems (ROS)
- Physical assessment (if applicable)
- Mental status exam
- Differential diagnosis—Include a minimum of three differential diagnoses and include how you derived each diagnosis in accordance with DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria
- Case formulation and treatment plan
- Include a psychotherapy genogram for the family
Note: For any item you are unable to address from the video, explain how you would gather this information and why it is important for diagnosis and treatment planning.
*** PLEASE NOTE THE COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION TEMPLATE THAT IS TO BE USED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS ATTACHED
** ALSO AN EXAMPLE COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION IS ATTCHED TO NOTE ALL ASPECTS THAT ARE TO BE COVERED AND WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED
** THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO THAT IS TO BE USED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS ATTACHED
**THE RUBRIC FOR GRADING IS ATTACHED
AT LEAST 3 SCHOLARY PEER-REVIEW REFERENCES NOT OLDER THAN 3 YEARS