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3. CASE FORMULATION PAPER Develop a case conceptualization on a character in one of the recommended featured films who is a survivor of trauma. A full list of movies will be given to you to select from. The purpose of this paper is for you to demonstrate your ability to apply concepts of trauma to the diagnosis and conceptual discussion of a case. This should be written in current APA format . The case formulation should describe the connections between the client’s trauma history and his or her current functioning. Students will be required to summarize the presenting problems and symptoms, analyze whether DSM-5 diagnoses are appropriate, discuss the etiological, developmental, and cultural factors influencing the experience and expression of symptoms, describe the relevant research findings and theoretical approaches that are appropriate for the case. In the treatment plan, students will be required to provide a list of problems as well as the client’s strengths and assets, the short-term and long-term treatment goals, the detailed theory- and research-based strategies and techniques that will be used to achieve the treatment goals, laid out over sessions and time, the questions or concerns that should be taken into account with this client and the therapeutic approach selected, and any countertransference reactions and self-care considerations for the treating therapist the student anticipates that she, he or they might encounter in working with this client . Specifically, selected headings should include all of the following components: reason for referral, known demographics, diagnostic impressions using the DSM-5, history of the trauma and contextual information, description of the multiple ways in which this person has been affected by the trauma to include relationships, interpersonal skills, behaviors, emotional reactions, cognitive patterns, health issues, theoretical conceptualization including cultural competence issues; treatment plan (including identification of treatment goals and rationale for choice and listed interventions), identification of assessment measures you would use and rationale for choice, identification of outcome measures and/or discussion of how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of your interventions; relevant ethical and legal issues. Within the past 10 years, at least four relevant and current research articles or citations should be referenced in regards to the case. You may also site assigned course readings to support your work. Again, it may be useful to address possible countertransference reactions and self-care considerations for the treating therapist. It is recommended that papers be at least eight to 10 pages. The number of pages required does not include the cover page or the references . Here are some movies to select: 1. Beautiful Boy (2018) Chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. 2. Captive (2015) 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The true story of Ashley Smith, a single mother and recovering drug addict who was taken hostage in her own apartment by fugitive, murderer, and accused rapist, Brian Nichols. With her back against the wall, Smith turned to the personal spiritual journey of Rick Warren’s best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life” in an attempt to survive and help Brian find a better way out. 127 Hours (2010) The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure pinned to a canyon wall. Everest (2015) Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Gardens of the Night (2008) This is a gritty story which delves deep into the world of child abduction and where it often leads. Granite Mountain (2017) The story of the elite crew of men who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire that broke out in Prescott, Arizona in June of 2013 and claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. Hacksaw Ridge ( 2016) The extraordinary true story of a conscientious objector, Desmond T. Doss, who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of World War II without firing a single shot. Lion ) 2016) Based on a true story by the book, A Long Way Home, five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, he uses Google Earth, to find his lost family & return home. My Left Foot ) 1989) Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot. Radio Flyer (1992) Mike is observing his two sons fighting with one insisting that a promise doesn’t mean anything. To make them understand that a promise does mean something, he tells them the story of his youth. The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003) Based on the true story of the kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart in June of 2002, by two people, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Running head: TREATING TRAUMA

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Treating Trauma
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TREATING TRAUMA

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Treating Trauma

‘My Left Foot’ is an exciting movie that depicts a traumatized boy, Christy Brown. He is
born with cerebral palsy and is capable of only controlling his left foot. It is because of such
disability that it is misunderstood as intellectually deficit. Therefore, when siblings go to school,
he is left in the house. At the age of ten, Christy Brown surprises people when he writes 'mother'
on the floor using chalk (My Left Foot, 2021). This uplifts his family members, especially the
mother that has been through thick and thin taking care of him. Such a childhood experience
impacts him, and he cannot enjoy life like other people in the community. Since he was born in a
large and humble family, they can't take proper care of him. It takes years to afford a wheelchair,
and they only realize this when they face economic hardship.
However, when Christy Brown meets his doctor, Cole, he learns different things. For
instance, he knows how to speak better and realize his talent, painting and constructing poems.
Therefore, a clear distinction between Christy Brown's previous life and present life is seen.
There are changes in his life, credit to his doctor, Cole. Realizing that he is a good poet and
painter are some of the functioning he develops after his diagnostic doctor's influence. Therefore,
it can be concluded that Christy Brown is a survivor of cerebral palsy trauma. Thus, in this
article, I will analyze Christy Brown's case, discuss the problems and symptoms that he faced,
and see if DSM-5 diagnoses are appropriate to his case. Besides, I will discuss the etiological,
developmental, and cultural factors influencing the experience and expression of his symptoms
and describe the relevant research findings and theoretical approaches appropriate for his case.
Presenting Problems and Symptoms

TREATING TRAUMA

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Christy Brown demonstrates signs of trauma. He does not live everyday life, and he
despises the condition he is involved in. He cannot express his feelings to a girl he likes because
of his need. Therefore, he hates his state much. There are many instances from the movie that
illustrate how Christy Brown is. He can't express himself through speech. He hates that his
mother is taking care of him, even though she is heavily pregnant (Shevell, 2019). His mother
takes him upstairs, and she feels exhausted. On her way back, she trips on the stairs, and Christy
Brown has to crawl to the door to signal the neighbors. After taking his mother to the hospital,
some of his neighbors blame him for his mother's injures. He dislikes what they are saying but
suppresses his emotions since he can't speak.
Christy Brown also hates his father. His ...

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