What other screening may assist your assessment of the people
What other screening may
assist your assessment of the people
Your final paper must be
your original work; plagiarism will not be tolerated. Be sure to review the
syllabus in terms of what constitutes plagiarism.
In this final project,
you will be building on the knowledge base you developed throughout the course.
The Final Project, due at the end of Unit 9, will be both the synthesis and an
expansion of information used on the three earlier case studies. Building on
what you learned from the first three projects, you will answer questions about
a case study and compile a mock report. You will want to implement any
suggested changes your instructor provided you through feedback on the first
three case studies. The text is your primary source for this, but be sure to
also review the APA guidelines on ethics athttp://www.apa.org/ethics/code2002.html and
past unit material and work on ethical theories.
Your Final Project will
consist of the following elements:
Read and analyze the
case study below wearing the hat of a marriage family therapist.
Answer questions listed
beneath the case study to describe your strategies for screening and assessment
related to this case. All of your responses should be based on the material on
ethics you have read. This section of the final should be in essay form, follow
APA format, and be between 1500 and 2100 words in length, not including the
title and reference page
Create a report modeled
after the report in your textbook (see Chapter 12 and Appendix F). You may
create a mock referral source or agency affiliation. You will complete all
parts of the report for which you have information. You may also recommend
referrals for additional information.
Final Case Study
A female, age 19,
Marceline (M), is in your office. She has a friend, who is waiting for her with
M’s 26-month-old male child, Michael Jr. (referred to as Junior). The child is
quite disruptive and the friend is trying very hard to keep him quiet and
interested in a toy, but they are really very frustrated with each other to all
M has requested that you
speak to her current boyfriend, Leon, about several things right now. She wants
him to be more patient with Michael Jr., and to be more attentive to her like
he used to be. M is complaining about Leon’s increased drinking after a recent
job loss, and some threatening behavior when he gets upset. This is usually at
night when M and Leon both drink to calm their nerves. M perceives things are
getting worse at home. They live together in a one-room studio apartment since
M had her hours at the grocery store cut and Leon got laid off from the same
store. They have lived in the studio for 4 months and previously in a home that
they thought they could buy but walked away from because of escalating expenses
and job cuts. “To be truthful,” says M, “I am miserable and so is he. What can
we do? Junior is so hyper that I take him to my mother-in-law Grace’s house —
she runs a day care — whenever I can.”
The studio apartment is
not good; the landlord is not very receptive to complaints about the peeling
paint, the toilet that won’t stop running and the heater that does not work. M
and Leon are often late with the rent check. The landlord lets them go as long
as they pay the same month and pay a late fee. Bill collectors are calling but
the phone number has been changed now.
M is still married to
her high-school sweetheart, Michael. They married in Las Vegas after learning
she was pregnant with his baby. He was her first romantic involvement.
Elopement seemed great and things were okay for the first year, but he left
about a year later for another woman. Now he is back and wants to get together
again and live with M and his son.
Present mental status:
M states that she is
confused. Should she stay with Leon or should she go back with Michael? She’s
pretty angry at Michael for his affair and leaving her and Junior, and has not
really talked to him much except when M leaves the baby with Grace. You soon
learn that they have done a bit more than talk, and she admits she has been
intimate with Michael recently. Marceline says she is depressed, has suicidal
thoughts, but overcomes them with alcohol and some other stuff now and then.
She only drinks to calm down. Since they cut back her hours at the grocery
store, she is really drinking more than usual. But, she says, she is always up
with Jr. and gets him to Grace’s day care by 9:00 A.M. She and Leon both wait
until five before they drink and then it’s just a few. After she gets the baby
back and starts dinner for the family, she will drink to calm her nerves. “I
should have never had a kid,” she comments. M adds, “And this kid just isn’t
normal. I swear he hates me. It isn’t easy to love the kid when he won’t talk
and just screams and runs around like crazy. I just sit and stare at him
sometimes. Right now, Michael seems nicer to me than Leon. Well, I do sort of
see more of Michael now at my mother-in-law’s. We talk a lot.”
Michael Jr. is not doing
well at all. He is extremely avoidant of people, won’t try to talk, cries, and
throws tantrums when he cannot get his way. Both M and Leon are ready to give
the child to Michael and his mother, Grace, who want him. Michael Jr. is with
his grandmother, Grace, a great deal of the time. She runs a small day care for
3 children to help pay for the house she inherited through the family. The
house is overall suitable but needs some plumbing work and a new refrigerator.
Overall, M eventually lets you know that she wants to end her relationship with
Leon and move in with Grace.
The phone rings into
your office, and M’s mother-in-law, Grace, is calling to tell you, the
therapist, some things that she believes will assist you in helping M and
Junior. She would like to see Michael and M get together again. In fact,
Michael is on another phone extension and can speak with you right now. Grace
and Michael also want to see you about helping Junior.
Begin your final project
with the essay section and address the following questions:
Whom do you want to
interview and why?
What paperwork should be
Based on the material on
ethics you learned in this course, what are the ethical issues to be
considered? How do these ethical considerations influence the work you will do
with M and her family? Remember to explain the type of ethics (consequential,
non-consequential, virtue) that supports your ideas
What type of
assessment/testing would you perform? For whom? Be sure to name the person,
explain the specific assessment/testing you are doing, and why you are
What other screening may
assist your assessment of the people in this case? Would you refer any one of
these hypothetical clients? To whom might you refer? For what?
In your answers to these
questions, you should provide a good deal of support from the course material,
using examples and references. You also may use sources from the Kaplan library
or credible Internet sites (useful internet cites are using .gov; .edu; and
.org). Your opinions also are valued, but it is important to keep in mind that
your primary objective in completing this project is to illustrate your
knowledge of the course material. This essay section of your final should be
approximately 1500-1800 words in length not including your tile and reference
page. Be sure to follow APA formatting. You can find information on APA format
in the Kaplan Writing Center. You may use the APA Quick Reference on the Course
Home Page for citation examples.
It is important to
always attribute credit to the proper sources when relying on the text,
articles, websites, or other sources. You must credit your work when you:
Summarize concepts and
theories that you learned in the text, articles, Internet sources.
Use others’ ideas,
theories, and concepts in constructing discussion question responses or
Use direct quotes in the
context of your project (when quoting directly, you must use quotation marks).
Writing the Assessment
For this last section of
your final, follow the format in Chapter 12 and in Appendix F to write the
Assessment Report. Choose either Marceline, Leon, or Junior as the person in
your report. It is fine to make up the demographic information to add to the
data you have in the case study. You will also have to augment the data in the
case study in the family background, significant medical/counseling history,
substance use/abuse, educational/vocational history, and the other pertinent
information sections in the report. Discuss the results of the
tests/assessments you chose in the essay section as if you actually
administered the tests/assessments. This section of your final should be
approximately 1500-1800 words following the format in Appendix F.