Your post should be at least 300–350 words in length and should extend the discussion of the group supported by appropriate resources.
Discussion topic: Case Presentation Strategies
As you prepare for a case presentation, you might feel uncertain about what information to share and what to leave out of your report. The planning phase is very important because the information that you select for your presentation will focus on the issues that you believe to be most important to your client’s care. However, if you do not prepare for questions that others might have or fail to report a key fact, client care might suffer. For this Discussion, review all of your notes related to theories and best practices for client care and then complete the following:
Create a hypothetical client who matches your career interest. You may use one from a past exercise or class paper. Describe the client’s demographic information.
Describe the client’s main reason for coming to your agency for service/reason for referral.
What three facts about the client seem to be most important for others to know in order to provide constructive feedback about his/her case?
What recommendations would you make about the client’s treatment? What are you planning to do to continue care?
Once you have posted information about your hypothetical client, ask your classmates questions about theirs. Pretend that you are in a staffing meeting/case conference to coordinate care and are offering suggestions to help the client.
Maria is a biracial 11-year-old that lives with his single mother. Her case is relatively familiar to cases on today’s multicultural sets of families. Some of her issues derive from and part of the first issue at hand like being biracial. Even though being biracial can seem reasonable for some but others, it can create conflicts internally that are expressed and demonstrated outside with emotions that can arrive in catastrophic results depending on the support the youth, in this case, Maria may have. At just 11 Maria is going through Erikson's fourth psychosocial crisis, involving industry vs. inferiority that happens during childhood between the ages of five and twelve. At this stage that the child’s peer group will gain a more significant meaning and will become a vital source of the child’s self-esteem, Identity is important because it can influence our perception, behavior, also how we relate to others throughout our lifespan (McLeod, 2018).
At the article from Hud-Aleem, Countryman (2008) “Biracial Identity Development and Recommendations in Therapy” inform us on some solutions and guidance to help a biracial youth and the possible issues this may cause by at as well explained some preventions methods for counselors and phycologist to consider when working with biracial families. Some other solutions or preventives methods to assist a biracial youth is through a psycho-educational approach, and this is helpful when working with biracial children. For example; recommend parents and teachers about helping a biracial child with identity formation and related issues that will help them understand their uniqueness (Hud-Aleem, Countryman, 2008).
Another issue that Maria have is that she has been extremely depressed and does not care about living anymore. “Studies have shown that biracial children are at risk to develop racial identification issues, lowered self-esteem, violence, substance abuse, and feeling marginal in two cultures” (Hud-Aleem, Countryman, 2008). With this in mind; Josie depression can be part of multiples triggers that affect her emotionally like been biracial, growing up with just mom and even the fact of her multiple behavioral issues that can create isolation from society and even from her family then generate a deeper problem. After a thorough, diagnostic evaluation it follows by identifying some symptoms, medical and family history, also cultural factors and some environmental factors to arrive at a plan of course of action. Some of the treatment for depression is a medication that can help on any disbalance chemically that the person may have on their brain that can cause depression and may show improvement within two weeks of usage (The American Psychiatric Association, & Parekh, 2018). Another solution for depression is Psychotherapy (or talk therapy) with a 6 to 12 session can help Josie learn and cope with depression.
Another issue about Maria is her behavioral problems at home, School, After school program, Basketball team and in the community. Her behavior can be from multiples issues and life events. For example, she is being raised by her single mother and no father in the picture, she is biracial, struggling with school work and class and she is suffering from depression. All these issues can create an environment challenging to manage if you can’t understand it and don’t seek help to improve from it. The recommended solution is to have Maria go through a psychological evaluation, then a therapy that is focused on impulse control as well anger management skills can be prescribed to help her control some of the emotions that are triggering the behaviors.
American Psychiatric Association, & Parekh, R. (2018, January). What Is Depression? Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression
Hud-Aleem, R., & Countryman, J. (2008). Biracial Identity Development and Recommendations in Therapy. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 5(11), 37–44.
McLeod, S. A. (2018, May 03). Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html
Summers, N. (2016). Fundamentals of case management practice: Skills for the human services. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.