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MSE Evaluation In the Case of Michael

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Running Head: MSE EVALUATION
MSE Evaluation
In the Case of Michael
Ashlee Todd
Argosy University

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In the case of Michael, a Fifty-year-old man accused and convicted of burglary, we
develop a series of examinations and tools to successfully treat his repetitive nature of
committing crimes. Michael was recently committed for eighteen months for a burglary charge.
When he was initially arrested a test for drugs and any other influential substance was conducted.
The results of this test concluded that he did indeed test positive for marijuana and heroin.
Additionally, upon research, it was discovered that he had a total of five prior convictions that
included disorderly conduct, attempted burglary, drug possession driving under the influence and
stolen property. During all of these prior convictions, Michael was never treated for any sort of
addiction. This conclusive evidence suggests that the prior convictions may have been related to
Michael’s history of drug abuse. In this case, Michael will get treatment for his drug addiction
and will, with reasonable expectation, be less likely to commit these crimes again.
In this particular case a review of Michael’s psychosocial status must be conducted. He
has never been treated for substance abuse before and this could be why he is her today. TI seems
that his past convictions would point to a person who uses drugs as a support for their deeper
psychological issues. His consistent run-in with the law has allowed Michael to be a repeat
offender and the fact that he was never taken care (psychologically) does not aid his situation to
any helpful degree. Specific areas of treatment should address his abuse of substances,
questionable behavior and lack of self-control.
At this time a Mental Status Examination will be completed with Michael. His
appearance at the time of the interview will be noted; taking into account his ethnicity, age (50),
movements, build, grooming and general demeanor. Additionally, components of his
conversational attitude will be noted (Levintha, 2012). His mood and affect will be noted with
questions that can dive deeper into his feelings and thoughts. For example, he may be asked

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questions such as “How are you feeling at the moment?” or “What makes you feel this way
about…” These types of questions will also be judged based on their intensity, or “the emotional
amplitude and power is coming forth from the patient” (Uniformed Service University of the
Health Sciences, 2004). With this information, we will also examine Michael’s orientation of the
situation. We will see if he understands where he is at and what sorts of things are happening
around him (University of Texas Health Science, 2003). Naturally, the intellectual and cognitive
functions will also be examined and taken note of. These could indicate risk factors for addiction
based of knowledge and cognitive functioning, additionally noting the thought process and
coherency of Michael. Lastly, in addition to all of the psychosocial behavior observances and
interviewing, a few additional questions will be addressed to Michael to understand more about
him as a person, rather than a criminal.
Questions
1. At what age did you first start using drugs and alcohol?
2. On that note, how frequently did you use any sort of substance and for how long?
3. Do you experience eating or sleeping problems?
These first few questions will establish a timeline noting Michael’s specific behavior. Noting
how long he used a particular substance in one setting will allow us to understand how much he
feels he needs in one setting. With that, establishing if he has any sort of sleeping or eating
problems can establish a reason for his usage, if it is not psychological.
4. Can you tell me of any family relationships you have?
5. Did your parents or guardians have a history of substance usage?
6. How would you describe your cultural background, if you identify with one?
7. Do you have any religious preference or religious interests?

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Running Head: MSE EVALUATIONMSE EvaluationIn the Case of MichaelAshlee ToddArgosy UniversityIn the case of Michael, a Fifty-year-old man accused and convicted of burglary, we develop a series of examinations and tools to successfully treat his repetitive nature of committing crimes. Michael was recently committed for eighteen months for a burglary charge. When he was initially arrested a test for drugs and any other influential substance was conducted. The results of this test concluded that he did indeed test positive for marijuana and heroin. Additionally, upon research, it was discovered that he had a total of five prior convictions that included disorderly conduct, attempted burglary, drug possession driving under the influence and stolen property. During all of these prior convictions, Michael was never treated for any sort of addiction. This conclusive evidence suggests that the prior convictions may have been related to Michael's history of drug abuse. In this case, Michael will get treatment for his drug addiction and will, with reasonable expectation, be less likely to commit these crimes again. In this particular case a review of Michael's psychosocial status must be conducted. He has never been treated for substance abuse before and this could be why he is her today. TI seems that his past convictions would point to a person who uses drugs as a support for their deeper psychological issues. His consistent run-in with the law has allowed Michael to be ...
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