Treatment Planning – Marriage & Family Therapy

Treatment Planning
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Chapter 3, “Theory-Specific Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning,” pages 35–46.
This chapter clarifies the purpose and value of theory-specific case conceptualization, presenting a history of treatment planning and explaining how to write useful therapeutic tasks, client goals, and interventions.
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This article examines the possibility that racial and ethnic bias contributes to the documented reality of disparities in mental health care for various racial and ethnic classes.
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In Week 1, you were charged with creating an example case study using your family and the Biopsychosocial Assessment Form from the Case Study Treatment Plan media. Now, imagine that your family is experiencing a crisis situation. You might be a Red Cross volunteer during a natural disaster working with your family; a community-based clinician responding to school violence or other tragedy involving or affecting one of your family members, such as a student or teacher death; or a practicing clinician in whose therapy session a family member reports being suicidal.
Note: Throughout the course, you will be reflecting on your own family of origin to help you explore your own self-of-the-therapist. In this assignment, you will not be required to reveal anything about your life, your family, your relationships, or any events that you are not comfortable sharing. If there are any requirements that ask you to submit anything you are not comfortable sharing, please feel free to fictionalize any elements and note that you have done so. For example, if there is an event that you would like to “make-up,” feel free to note this by simply writing (Fiction) in your paper or post (that is, “(Fiction) My mother was extremely sad during this period and became suicidal.”). If you have any questions about this, please reach out to your instructor for direction.
Part 1
Write a 3–4 page paper in which you complete the following:
Introduce your family (aspects you are willing to share) and, pretending you are treating this family, the context for your involvement with the family. Discuss how you would respond as a clinician when working with this family. Be sure to include the following:
Describe methods for developing rapport with clients in crisis.
What are some differences you may notice when working with clients in crisis versus those not experiencing a crisis?
Describe the steps to take when working with a client who presents in a crisis state.
Describe safety plans or next-step interventions that might be developed with the client family.
Discuss ethical as well as your state’s legal implications for the client family resulting from the crisis.
Describe best practices aligned with state and national standards for the MFT discipline that apply to working with families in crisis.
Discuss how personal experiences affect work with clients in crisis with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
As you continue to examine the process of therapy through the lens of the self-of-the-therapist and multicultural diversity, include ways in which your own family experiences and various dimensions of your culture, such as religion, gender, or ethnicity, inform your reactions to this particular issue.
Part 2
Using the Case Study Treatment Plan media, complete a family member crisis assessment based on your family, including any systemic perspectives that may affect how the family is treated. (Note: The Risk Assessment tab in the media has the Family Member Crisis Assessment activity).
Additional Requirements
Your assignment should also meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
References: Support your ideas with references from peer-reviewed journals. You may use your course texts as supplementary references.
APA formatting: Use the Evidence and APA section of the Writing Center for information on how to format resources and citations in current APA style.
Document format: Submit your paper in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
Length of paper: 4–5 typed, double-spaced pages of content plus title and reference pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.