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Introduction To Clinical Assessment And Diagnosis
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History and Purpose of Assessment and Diagnosis Introduction to the DSM-5Â®
- 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.
- 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.
Screening Techniques to Determine Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Abuse
- 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.
- Provide examples of commonly occurring comorbid conditions.
Screening Techniques and Procedures for Crisis Intervention
- 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.
- Examine the legal and ethical issues involved in working with different types of clients (children orÂ 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.
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.Â
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.
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