The goal of this project is to determine the best course of action and what your case formulation would be in a specific case, based upon principles you have learned during the course.
Provide a plan of action and interpret the crisis within a theoretical framework, drawing from the textbook readings and/or outside research. You must justify the use of the theories you cite and explain the crisis in terms of that theory. You also must use a model of assessment, intervention, and treatment. Include in your assessment the possible psychological diagnosis (if you feel there is a mental illness), how you would treat it, a referral to an appropriate facility if necessary, and your thoughts on how this crisis is most likely to be resolved.
Also discuss the substance abuse of Cassandra’s family members. Is there evidence that states chemical dependency is passed on from one generation to another? Could Cassandra’s behavior be attributed to the cultural environment/genetic make-up with regard to any substance abuse tendencies? Include a discussion of this possibility in your plan of action and explain how traits are inherited in populations and identifies genes and DNA as the mechanism for inheritance.
Lastly, discuss the ethical issues that may arise during your crisis work, including how you would handle the client’s homicidal ideation as well as the presence of police officers during a confidential interview. Also include which characteristics of a crisis worker are needed specifically for this case. Indicate what additional information you would want to gather, how you would gather it, and how that information would change your approach with this client. Finally, describe how you would handle the escalation in behaviors from the client and ensure her safety.
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