PSYC5020 exam2 - Lauren W. Hopson PSYC 5020 Exam 2-Essay...

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Lauren W. Hopson PSYC 5020 Exam 2-Essay Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Most children referred for assessment, diagnosis and treatment have multiple problems. Therefore, clinicians need to formulate an effective plan of assessment that will lead to diagnostic and treatment decisions. There are three types of case conceptualizations: symptom- focused, theory-focused, and client-focused. Symptom-focused case conceptualization is favored by managed care organizations, which are the third-party payers. The clinician identifies symptomatology and functional impairment of the child. Symptom-focused specifies treatment goals and associated interventions; for example, reducing symptoms and increasing functioning of the child. This case conceptualization emphasizes measureable objectives that are stated in behavioral terms. However, limitations of symptom-focused include: focusing on symptoms only and clinicians don’t assess why certain characteristics are occurring. Theory-focused case conceptualization attempts to explain the symptoms and impaired functioning of the child. These explanations stem from the therapist’s orientation with the child. They take a certain theory and fit it to the presenting problems. This is different than
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PSYC 5020 taught by Professor Gillis during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.

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PSYC5020 exam2 - Lauren W. Hopson PSYC 5020 Exam 2-Essay...

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