Vignette Analysis: Design Interventions

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Assignment 2: RA: Vignette Analysis: Design Interventions

An important part of the skills you will develop in this course is the ability to design appropriate interventions, and that includes designing an assessment strategy appropriate to the particular client treated. In this assignment, you will create an assessment strategy based on the information provided in the vignette. This assignment is to be completed individually.

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As a Forensic Case Manager, Laurel is sent to you to conduct an intake in order to start the assessment process. During that appointment, she relays to you the information mentioned in the vignette. Using the information found in the vignette, provide a preliminary diagnosis of the client according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM) criteria.

Create a 2- to 3-page paper describing the assessment tools you will use. In your paper, include the following:

  • A description of the steps you will take to build rapport with Laurel and help her feel comfortable in confiding in you. Consider the work of Carl Rogers Person Centered Theory; the work of Insoo Kim Berg Solution-Focused Brief Theory (SFBT); and Crisis Theory to help inform your rapport building with Laurel.
  • A description of what methods you will use to continue with the assessment process, knowing this may take three to four visits. Be specific if you are considering using any instruments or questionnaires. Explain the rationale for using each method and indicate what information you expect to find by using them.
  • Given the information you know at this point, what would be your provisional diagnosis of Laurel?
    • Look at a diagnosis for this exercise.
    • You may consider rule-outs. Any diagnosis you give should have an explanation of the criteria or symptoms supporting your choice.

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All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, save your paper as M3_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.

RA is worth 200 points and will be graded according to the following rubric.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Assignment ComponentsMaximum Points
Building Rapport


Building a comprehensive assessment


Providing a preliminary diagnosis


Academic Writing
Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.





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School: UIUC


Case Vignette: Assessment


Module #: Assignment #
Student Name:

A therapist has a duty of ensuring a client feels comfortable and safe before beginning an
assessment. In the vignette case, Laurel is a victim of rape. She was raped at gunpoint. At that time
she was a freshman in college and was from work heading to her dormitory. The event destroyed
her life, school performance, relationships and perception towards men. Five years later Laurel is
seeking therapy with complaints of depression and dissatisfaction at work.
Steps I will take to make Laurel feel comfortable with telling her story
The first step I will take to create a good rapport with Laurel is reading and understanding
her information which she has presented during the appointment. I will consider her age and sex.
She is a female of middle age. She is likely to explain herself and life experiences. After
understanding her history and traumatic experience, I will develop an active communication style
that will engage the client. By listening to Laurel, she will feel cared for and loved. I will show her
I understand her experience and feelings. These will make her open up and share the most
important and critical content with me.
I will identify her cultural background and personality to determine the speed of the
sessions. Based on personality, some clients will open up and share in-depth experience while

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