Briefly describe the population and presenting problem you are focusing on for this
Researchers suggest that millions of children and adolescents globally are subjected to
sexual abuse with devastating impacts on their health and well0being that often last into their
adulthood (Amin, A. et al., 2917).
The targeted population I intend to work with after graduation
is children and adolescent, specifically those that have experienced sexual abuse, maltreatment,
I want to focus on individuals that have been exposed to trauma and are currently
experiencing traumatic events.
For this assignment, a presenting problem would be an 18 y/o
African American female that has been referred to counseling for depression and suicidal
The client, whom has always performed superior academically, is a high school senior
and has recently slacked in academic performance and is at risk of failing a class, which could
jeopardize her scholarship for college and lower her current GPA.
The client’s parents also have
reported that the client has become more recluse at home.
Her eating habits have changed, she
no longer spends time with her friends or family, and she mainly stays in her room with the doors
locked in the dark.
After meeting with the client, it is discovered that the client was upset
because her cousin had moved in with her family after getting in trouble back home.
discloses that she was sexually abused by this cousin, her aunt’s son, at the age of 12, the cousin
was 14 at the time, while visiting her aunts for the summer.
After reporting what happened to her
aunt, her aunt told her to never repeat what happened and told her that if she told her parents that
they would both go to jail, and she could never see them again.
Her aunt also told her that family
stick together and have to forgive each other.
The client states she had managed to forget what
happened after returning home that summer, and eventually stop blaming herself for what
She stated that it was not until recently, when she was undressing for a shower, that