Research and Program Evaluation. Based on the context of your work with this client (e.g., school, community-based organization, hospital), identify an intervention program model that can be implemented across the setting, expanding the focus of your therapeutic goals to others. What are the features of this intervention? How will you measure the efficacy of this program? What type of data should you obtain to examine outcomes related to participation in this intervention? How will you collect these data? Are there other types of data that are relevant to collect? Why? How will you use data to further refine and/or support programmatic changes? How what kinds of dissemination strategies would be important to use to share your findings with your participants and community partners?
Human Growth and Development. Theoretical models of human development greatly evolved, disproving the age-old debate of nature verses nurture. How has the field of epigenetics informed your understanding of development for your client? Identify one area of development, Social-Emotional, Motor, Cognitive and General Knowledge, Language and Communication or Approaches to Learning, and describe how features of your client’s developmental context (including the relevance of culture, and ethnic and/or racial background) shaped their competencies and strengths in this area over time. Hypothesize the future developmental pathway of your client based on their social-cultural position in society. How can a developmental lens assist your goal-setting with this client?
Assessment and Testing: Using your case study as a foundation, think about how assessment and appraisal tools could be useful in learning more about your client. What domains of assessment would you want to explore? What instruments would you consider? Note that you should be thinking collaboratively about your client in terms of working with other professionals to obtain information (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, school stakeholders) given that as a school counselor or mental health counselor you cannot administer particular levels of psychological and health assessment instruments. Also consider the value in collecting information from multiple sources and using multiple testing methods. Discuss issues related to the following: reliability, validity, and cultural validity issues in assessment related to the measures and procedures that you consider.
Group Work: Apply the various features of group work into your treatment plan for you case. Is your client appropriate for group therapy? What kind of group therapy would work well for them? Why or why not? Which of the Yalom’s basic ingredients (i.e. universality, instillation of hope, the recapitulation of the primary family group, etc.) do you feel your client would benefit from the most/or least from being part of group therapy? Note that while you may not have provided any group intervention at this point, please speak hypothetically about how group work could be included. Include the advantages and challenges to group work and goals of group. Perhaps you would work individually with the client and then consider whether having the client in a group would facilitate their growth? If in terms of your clinical judgment you do not feel that group would be helpful please explain your decision based upon the criteria upon which group members are to be selected and/or excluded. Consider the goals of group work and advantages and challenges to this process.