Part 1: Case Studies
Identify the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria that you notice in the case studies below and explain how the client meets the criteria. Include the diagnosis that these symptoms are related to. Your response to each case study should be 50 to 75 words.
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Tom is a 30-year-old male who was near the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attack. He witnessed horrific scenes, including people jumping from the World Trade Center. Since that day, he has had nightmares. Whenever a plane flies overhead, he has the feeling that he needs to run to a secure place. He has thought of moving out of New York City because he finds himself reliving the event every time he is down in the area of the 9/11 attack.
Jennifer is worried about her friend Mark, who is a 19-year-old male who recently started hiding in his apartment bedroom. He told Jennifer that the government could hear everything he says, and does so in every room but his bedroom. More recently, Jennifer has visited him and found out he is not going to work, as he is feeling very low and depressed. She also recognized that he is smoking more pot than usual.
Angela is a 35-year-old human resources manager and mother who has found that methamphetamines allow her to work long hours and also gives her enough energy when she is home to manage her household and children. More recently, she has started to think that her boss has been planning to fire her, even though there is no visible sign that her work has been suffering due to her use. When she passes by his office and he is on the phone, she is sure he is talking about her and his plans to fire her.
Justin is a 20-year-old college student who recently started lining his single dorm room with tin foil. He thinks that his neighbors have been listening in on his phone conversations and wants to prevent their listening with the use of this foil. He has stopped going to classes and interacting with his friends. His friends are very worried about him and decided to go to the dean to talk to her about his behavior.
Part 2: Treatment Scenarios
Provide a 50- to 75-word response to each of the following scenarios:
Imagine that you are working with a client that has been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. Select a psychotic disorder from the DSM-5 and discuss the approach you would you use for treating this client.
How will you tell if the client suffers from a psychotic disorder as opposed to a substance-induced disorder?
Imagine that you are working with a client with co-occurring posttraumatic stress and substance use disorders. How would you approach treating this client? What special considerations should you make?
Include at least two scholarly references in your assignment.
While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.