Practicum – Assessing Clients

Learning Objectives Students will: • Assess clients presenting for psychotherapy • Develop genograms for clients presenting for psychotherapy 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

To prepare: • Select a client whom you have observed or counseled at your practice site. • Review pages 137-142 of the Wheeler text and the Hernandez Family Genogram video in this week's Learning Resources. Reflect on elements of writing to Comprehensive Client Assessment and creating a genogram for the client you selected.  counseled at your practicum site. • Review pages 137–142 of the Wheeler text and the Hernandez Family Genogram video in this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on elements of writing a Comprehensive Client Assessment and creating a genogram for the client you selected.  

 

The Assignment 

 

Part 1: Comprehensive Client Family Assessment With this client in mind, address the following in a Comprehensive ClientAssessment (without violating HIPAA regulations): • Demographic information • Presenting problem • History or present illness • Past psychiatric history • Medical history • Substance use history • Developmental history • Family psychiatric history • Psychosocial history • History of abuse / trauma • Review of systems • Physical assessment • Mental status examination • Differential diagnosis • Case formulation • Treatment plan 

 

Part 2: Family Genogram Prepare the genogram for the client you selected. The genogram should be extended by at least three generations (great grandparents, grandparents, and parents). great grandparents, grandparents, and parents). 

 

Required Readings: 

(1) Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: The how-to guide for evidence-based practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

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