discussion questions 545 523

Discussion 1.1 and 1.2 on BOTH 545 and 523 must be submitted Saturday March 23 by NOON Central Standard US Time. The rest of the assignments must be submitted the following Saturday for full credit.

545

Minimum 250 words and minimum 2 scholarly references

1.1

Differentiate crisis intervention from other counseling therapeutic interventions. Provide examples to support your rationale. For follow-up discussion, critique the examples provided by your peers for validity.

1.2

Is the use of standard psychotherapeutic interventions appropriate during a crisis? Why or why not?

2.1

Describe the key psychological, somatic, cognitive, neurological and behavioral issues counselors must be aware of when counseling a client with trauma.

2.2

Determine the specific training needs required for trauma counselors. Describe how counselors know if they are acting outside their area of competence. What steps should they take to resolve this issue?

3.1

Review the Trauma Case Study. Does Maryam demonstrate diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder? Justify your answer.

3.2

Which evidence-based counseling theory best supports the client coping with trauma and other mental health issues? Justify your answer.

4.1

Is it necessary for counselors who work with families to assess each and every family for domestic violence? Why or why not?

4.2

What information should be included in a safety plan for dealing with intimate partner violence?

5.1

What challenges do counselors face when assessing for spousal or domestic partner abuse? What are some strategies for overcoming these challenges?

5.2

How can knowledge of the abuse cycle assist you as a counselor to detect possible spousal abuse when providing couples counseling?

6.1

What efficacy issues should counselors analyze when identifying possible community resources for the prevention of interpersonal violence?

6.2

What information should be included in an intimate partner violence prevention plan?

7.1

Explain the importance of completing a child abuse assessment at the onset of mental health counseling as well as continuing to assess for this throughout the course of treatment.

7.2

Compare and contrast overt and covert acts of sexual exploitation. Is one easier to identify or address through professional counseling than the other? Defend your rationale.

8.1

Research legal and ethical standards for child abuse reporting in your community. Provide a list of these standards and highlight the information that you feel is most useful to you as a burgeoning counselor.

8.2

Child abuse reporting can take its toll on the therapist, particularly if the family or client involved is volatile. Discuss how one’s own apprehension and nervousness could “get in the way” of reporting child abuse immediately, and ways to combat this tendency to procrastinate. In addition, provide your understanding of the time requirements for child abuse reporting in your state.

523

Minimum 250 words and minimum 2 scholarly references

1.1

Briefly describe a historical overview of significant events which occurred during the development of appraisals within the counseling field.

1.2

Choose two significant legislative events in United States history, and explain how those events had an impact on the field of psychological testing.

2.1

What would you do if you were providing a psychological test to a counseling client and an issue arose in which your personal ethics were in conflict with the established state and/or federal laws and/or codes of ethics? Provide an example to support your response.

2.2

What serious ethical violation could occur if a counselor administered a psychological test incorrectly or without considering multicultural factors? Identify the ACA Code of Ethics statements that apply in this scenario.

3.1

When testing a client, what two ways could a counselor’s behavior affect the validity of the data gathered from the test results? In what ways could a counselor’s behavior affect the reliability of the data gathered from the test results? Explain.

3.2

Could a psychological test and assessment be invalid and still have reliability? Why or why not?

4.1

Find a test to assess, intelligence or education, find a similar alternative test for administration with an individual who may be blind, deaf, or nonverbal. How are they similar? How are they different?

4.2

Navigate to the Pearson Assessment website. Identify an assessment that could be used in a diagnosis. What is the assessment and what is the diagnosis? What are the attributes to be aware of when considering how to match the client and the test?

5.1

Why is it important for counselors and other behavioral health professionals to become familiar with the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? How can use of the DSM’s cross-cutting symptom measures aid counselors in clinical diagnosing?

5.2

Define the following assessments and provide an example when each should be used:

  1. Forensic assessment
  2. Therapeutic assessment
  3. Psychological assessment
  4. Personality assessment

6.1

How is information about personal values used in career counseling? Is it important? Why or why not? How can personal religious or spiritual values play into career counseling?

6.2

What kinds of interest inventories might you use in your counseling practice? Why?

7.1

Go online and conduct a search for a free assessment test such as the ACE Study, Strong, the Beck Depression Inventory, or something similar. Take the test and evaluate the assessments in which you have participated. What are some insights you gained by using various instruments and strategies throughout this class? How might you apply this knowledge in the future when using assessments in counseling clients?

7.2

Simon, a 16-year-old male, has always performed adequately in school. This semester his math scores dropped from Bs to Fs, but his other grades have remained Bs. IQ testing with the WAIS-IV revealed that he has an average overall IQ without any major deficiencies. Do these normal findings provide useful diagnostic information? How so? What might be happening with Simon?

8.1

What are some insights you gained while studying psychological testing and assessment instruments as applied to the future of counseling? How might psychological testing and assessment of special population clients, including adolescents, victims of domestic violence, and those with a co-occurring disorder be applied in the future?

8.2

What are the three most important concepts that you learned throughout this course that you can apply in a clinical setting? Give an example of how you would apply the concepts learned to conduct an in-take assessment.

 
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