Essay about Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning

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Assessment Case conceptualization explains the nature of a client’s problem and how they develop such problem ( Hersen, & Porzelius, p.3, 2002) In counseling, assessment is viewed as a systematic gathering of information to address a client’s presenting concerns effectively. The assessment practice provides diagnostic formulation and counseling plans, and aids to identify assets that could help the client cope better with concern that they are current. Assessment is present as a guide for treatment and support in the “evaluation process. Although many methods can be employed to promote a thorough assessment, no one method should be used by itself” (Erford, 2010, p.269-270). Eventually, it is the counselor's job to gain adequate …show more content…
Diagnosis According to Erford (2010) defines diagnosis as a framework used to identify problems or the focus of intervention. Mental health settings typically use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition- Text Revision (DSM-IV- TR) (American Psychiatric Association, 2001). Diagnosis is the recognition of a problem that becomes the objective and goals of the counseling intervention it is also the detection of a disease, disorder, or syndrome based on some form of systematic assessment. “The problems associated with diagnosis include identifying clients by their diagnosis as opposed to focusing on their unique situations and experiences” (Erford, 2010 p.285). Understanding the implication of a diagnosis on the client and the counseling relationship is something that all professional counselors need to consider. To develop a treatment plan counselors uses the DSM- IV- TR which includes a five axial system that comprises of clinical disorders and other factors that are the focus of treatment, long-standing socio-emotional problems, medical conditions, environmental stressors, level of symptom distress, and functional impairment. This five axial system is intended to provide a comprehensive diagnostic picture. Professional counselors need to be diligent regarding the use of diagnosis. It is an ethical requirement that counselors providing diagnostic formulations be adequately trained in the use of DSM- IV- TR and that
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