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 information concerning the client and the client's presenting concerns to establish an effective treatment strategy. Using a combination of assessment techniques increases the likelihood of positive interventions and promotes successful treatment (Erford, 2010, p.271). A case conceptualization reflects how the professional counselor understands the nature of the presenting problems and includes a diagnostic formulation. Case conceptualization organizes assessment data into meaningful outline, applying research, and theory to make sense of client’s current problem. Treatment plan in counseling can be used as a guide for counselor and client to follow. Treatment plans outline counseling outcome expectations and interventions to meet these expectations. The abilities to gather and interpret information, apply counseling and developmental. A good treatment plan entails an assessment that are suitable to the to the client’s problems or concerns. Counselors should paid attention to a client’s personal experi... ... middle of paper ... ...constitute unethical behavior, it is unclear to what extent counselors know and agree that such behavior is unethical. This behavior could lead to ACA (1995) and AMHCA (2000) ethical reprimands and to loss of license via actions of state licensing boards. Counselors may need more explicit standards to direct their behavior regarding this issue (Braun, Cox, 2006). Works Cited Braun, S. A., & Cox, J. A. (2005). Managed mental health care: Intentional misdiagnosis of mental disorders. Journal of Counseling & Development, 83(4), 425–433. Erford, B.T. (2010) Orientation to the Counseling Profession: Advocacy, Ethics & Essential Professional Foundations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. Hersen, M., DiagnoPorzeliussis,K. (2002). Conceptualization and Treatment Planning for Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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