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Consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with early onset schizophrenia

Consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with early onset schizophrenia

Assignment: Practicum: Decision Tree

Childhood psychosis is extremely rare; however, children that present with psychosis must be carefully assessed and evaluated with appropriate interviewing of parent, child, and use of assessment tools.

For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with early onset schizophrenia.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Evaluate clients      for treatment of mental health disorders
  • Analyze      decisions made throughout diagnosis and treatment of clients with mental      health disorders

The Assignment:

Examine Case 3( Case study in required media below) You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the diagnosis and treatment for this client. Be sure to consider co-morbid physical as well as mental factors that might impact the client’s diagnosis and treatment.

At each Decision Point, stop to complete the following:

  • Decision #1: Differential      Diagnosis
    • Which Decision       did you select?
    • Why did you       select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references       to the Learning Resources.
    • What were you       hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with       evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
    • Explain any       difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #1 and the       results of the Decision. Why were they different?
  • Decision #2: Treatment Plan      for Psychotherapy
    • Why did you       select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references       to the Learning Resources.
    • What were you       hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with       evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
    • Explain any       difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #2 and the       results of the Decision. Why were they different?
  • Decision #3: Treatment Plan      for Psychopharmacology
    • Why did you       select this Decision? Support your response with evidence and references       to the Learning Resources.
    • What were you       hoping to achieve by making this Decision? Support your response with       evidence and references to the Learning Resources.
    • Explain any       difference between what you expected to achieve with Decision #3 and the       results of the decision. Why were they different?
  • Also include how      ethical considerations might impact your treatment plan and communication      with clients and their families.

Note: Support your rationale with a minimum of three academic resources. While you may use the course text to support your rationale, it will not count toward the resource requirement.

Required Readings

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

· “Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders”

McClellan, J., & Stock, S. (2013). Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry52(9), 976–990. Retrieved from http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(13)00112-3/pdf

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2017b). A young girl with strange behaviors [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.


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