Case Study Final Project

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The most difficult work of clinical psychologists is to be able to maintain focus on case conceptualization and treatment planning. As Teyber and Teyber (2017) explain, "Having a case conceptualization to guide treatment can prevent therapists from getting 'lost' in the different stories the client brings in each week" (p. 7). As a clinical psychologist, you will experience the uncertainty of how to begin your practice; however, with time, experience, and preparation, you will be able to master the art and science of therapy. This Final Project will help you to become more adept in recognizing the skills you will need to become a more effective clinical psychologist.

For this Final Project you will examine a therapy session. As you examine, analyze the various techniques used as they relate to the Interpersonal Psychotherapy approach to treatment.

To prepare for this Final Project Assignment:

  • Review the Final Project Rubric to guide your understanding of the expectations of the Final Project.
  • Review Chapter 5, specifically pages 143-159 of the Teyber and Teyber course text found in this week's Learning Resources, and consider the case of Jennie, a first-year practicum student, and her client, Sue. (Note: Also, feel free to use any Learning Resources from this course that might inform your Final Project Assignment.)
  • As you review this case study, consider the various techniques used throughout the therapy session. Think about the appropriateness of the technique used as it relates to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Also, consider any implications for social change that may be related to the client's treatment.

To complete this Final Project Assignment:

Based on your review of the case of Jennie, a first-year practicum student, and her client, Sue, write a 3- to 5-page paper (not including title page and reference page) and include the following:

  • Identify and explain the Interpersonal Psychotherapy techniques used throughout the therapy session.
  • Explain whether each of the techniques used were appropriate for this Interpersonal Psychotherapy session. Why, or why not? Justify your explanation. Note: Be sure to include any implications for social change that may be related to the client's treatment.
  • Explain what other techniques might have been more appropriate in this instance. Justify your explanation.

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School: Cornell University




Interpersonal Psychotherapy
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Interpersonal psychotherapy techniques
The first technique used by Jennie in the case presented is clarification. When Sue got
into a crisis, Jennie started to inquire from Sue about her status. Jennie starts by asking some
clarifications on the things that happened after Sue received information about her health status.
Jennie asked Sue a number of follow up questions to seek clarification and understand her
situation at hand. This helped Jennie and Sue understand Sue’s situation before offering the
necessary therapy in the process. As part of the clarification questions, Jennie asked Sue if she
talked about her treatment options and if she had any other opinion about her health situation.
Through these questions, Jennie and Sue understood the situation in a better way.
The second technique used to handle this situation is the use of role transition technique.
This is a strong method used in making the patient accept the current situation and deal with it
appropriately. The patient should start to accept the new situation and previous situation as a way
to solve the curr...

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