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Introduction To Clinical Assessment And Diagnosis

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This course introduces students to models and tools of assessment and diagnosis for the purpose of developing competency in evaluation and treatment planning for professional counseling practice. Students learn about and practice intake assessment techniques, mental status examinations, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR®), outcome-based treatment planning, and behavioral analysis. Emphasis is placed on writing clear, accurate, and useful assessments and treatment plans. Multicultural and ethical issues in assessment are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    The Clinical Assessment Format and Interviewing Skills for Assessment

    • Examine considerations in assessing different cultural groups.
    • Explore interviewing techniques for specific assessment situations.
    • Review the various elements contained within the assessment of adults.
    • Identify the elements and relevance of developmental histories of children and adolescents.
    • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of structured vs.unstructured interviews.
    • Demonstrate the elements of the structured clinical interview.
    • Describe the purpose and administration of mental status examinations.

    Working with Clients: Developing, Monitoring, and Modifying Treatment Plans

    • Discuss the importance of working with clients to develop meaningful goals.
    • Describe the importance of treatment goals in monitoring client progress.
    • Discuss when and how to modify a treatment plan.
    • Practice the development and application of behaviorally defined treatment goals and objectives.
    • Practice developing client-specific interventions and describe their importance in monitoring client progress.
    • Demonstrate the synthesis of assessment, diagnostic, and treatment planning skills through application to case studies.
    • Discuss possible actions to take upon fulfillment of the treatment plan such as termination of the therapeutic relationship, development of a second plan with more advanced goals, or development of a maintenance plan, etc. 

    History and Purpose of Assessment and Diagnosis Introduction to the DSM-5®

    • Examine the history and importance of clinical assessment and diagnosis.
    • Define clinical assessment and identify its elements.
    • Identify the purpose and use of assessment and diagnosis.
    • Articulate the process of differential diagnosis.
    • Describe the use and application of the DSM classification system.
    • Articulate the major diagnostic categories of the DSM classification system.
    • Describe the concepts of mental disorder, normal, and abnormal behavior.
    • Differentiate screening and identification vs. diagnosis and treatment planning.
    • Explore and use the DSM diagnosis procedures.

    Screening Techniques and Procedures for Crisis Intervention

    • Examine the legal and ethical issues involved in working with different types of clients (children or suicidal clients).
    • Examine the legal and ethical issues relevant to assessment and diagnosis.
    • Explore the issue of labeling and its effect on clients and their families.
    • Review assessment techniques for suicidal clients and strategies for protecting those clients.
    • Identify psychosocial needs of clients in crisis.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of procedures and techniques used in crisis intervention, including interventions with suicidal, severely mentally ill (SMI), non-SMI and intoxicated clients.

    Introduction to Treatment Planning

    • Define treatment plan and discuss the core elements of a treatment plan.
    • Differentiate between effective vs. ineffective treatment plans.
    • Discuss the importance of realistic and specific goals.
    • Examine the use of assessment and diagnosis to guide treatment planning.
    • Explore the influence of theoretical orientation on treatment planning.
    • Discuss the importance of personal characteristics, client motivation, and environmental factors in treatment planning.

    Screening Techniques to Determine Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Abuse

    • Provide examples of commonly occurring comorbid conditions.
    • Describe how neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse are identified and develop strategies to protect those clients.
    • Identify and describe models and techniques for screening for substance abuse in adolescents and adults.
    • Define the terms dual diagnosis and comorbidity.
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