Treating those with mental disorders

Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resources on your own before you bid. Main references come from American Psychiatric Association. (2013) and/or Kress, V. E., & Paylo, M. J. (2019). You need to have scholarly support for any claim of fact or recommendation regarding treatment. Grammar, Writing, and APA Format: I expect you to write professionally, which means APA format, complete sentences, proper paragraphs, and well-organized and well-documented presentation of ideas. Remember to use scholarly research from peer-reviewed articles that are current. Sources such as Wikipedia,, PsychCentral, and similar sites are never acceptable. Please remember that resources used must be from peer-reviewed resources such as academic journals. The assigned textbook and the DSM-5 are required for all assignments (i.e., cite and reference the textbook and DSM-5 in every assignment). As a general rule, web sites are not peer-reviewed except those which are online journal articles. Therefore, it is advisable for you to avoid using these websites as resources. Walden Library offers many peer-reviewed articles which pertain to the topics covered. While not required to use these articles, you should select a couple which you find interesting and which support your critical thinking and analysis.

Please follow the instructions to get full credit for the discussion. Please look at all the attachments. I need this completed by 10/07/20 at 5pm.

Discussion – Week 6

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Diagnosis of Andrew

This week, you have an opportunity to put your diagnostic skills to practice while also receiving feedback from your peers. In real-world counseling practice, case consultation and staff discussions are essential to sound mental health practice, so it is important to feel comfortable giving and receiving feedback related to diagnosis.

To prepare for the Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources.
  • To assist with your understanding with what should be      included in a case conceptualization, review the case study of Caden      provided in the Learning Resources.
  • Read Andrew’s case study in Kress and Paylo (2019).
  • Assess and diagnose Andrew.

By Day 3

Post a brief summary of Andrew using the following format:

  • Case Conceptualization (Include specific information about client      symptoms and presenting concerns.)
  • Diagnostic Impressions (Be sure to use the ICD-10 code,      name of the disorder, and all specifiers.)
  • Rationale for Diagnostic Impressions (Include the diagnostic impressions using      the DSM-5 to link the client’s symptoms to the diagnostic      criteria for each diagnosis that you render. If you do not render a      diagnosis, you still must use the DSM-5 to explain why      you chose not to render a diagnosis.)

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Required Resources

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  • Section II, “Neurocognitive      Disorders”
  • Section II, “Elimination      Disorders”

Kress, V. E., & Paylo, M. J. (2019). Treating those with mental disorders: A comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

  • Chapter 12, “Disruptive,      Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Elimination Disorders”

Handout: Case of Caden

Example of Case Discussion Format using Sample Case Caden


Available in Chapter 12 of Kress, V.E., & Paylo, M.J. (2018). Treating those with mental disorders: A comprehensive approach to case conceptualization and treatment (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Pearson



Case Conceptualization

(Include specific information about client symptoms and presenting concerns).


Caden, a 12-year-old Caucasian male, is experiencing difficulty at home and school. Caden currently lives with his grandmother due to his mother’s reported substance use and legal concerns. Caden has demonstrated aggressive and threatening behavior with both peers and his teacher. Caden has displayed oppositional behavior (e.g., refusing to talk to his grandmother for days at a time). He has experienced academic difficulties and is currently on academic probation. He has also experienced threatening and violent behaviors. His symptoms appear to have begun at age 9.


Diagnostic Impressions

(Be sure to use the ICD-10 code, name of the disorder, and all of the specifiers)


F91.1 Conduct Disorder, Childhood-Onset Type, Moderate



Rationale for Diagnostic Impressions

(Include the diagnostic impressions using the DSM-5 to link the client’s symptoms to the diagnostic criteria for each diagnosis that you render. If you do not render a diagnosis, you still must use the DSM-5 to explain why you chose not to render a diagnosis.)


Based on the case presentation, Caden appears to be demonstrating symptoms consistent with F91.9 Conduct Disorder. Caden has demonstrated a repetitive and persistent pattern of violating the rights of others and age-appropriate norms (Criterion A) as evidenced by getting in three physical fights during the past year (Criterion A2), bullying peers (criterion A1), vandalizing cars, and threatening an individual with a knife (Criterion A3). The client intentionally vandalized the property of others (Criterion A9) and stole money for his teacher (Criterion A12).


The client is experiencing clinically significant distress (Criterion B) as evidenced by his difficulty at school, his recent legal charges, and being mandated to counseling by the Juvenile Justice Center. The client is 12-years-old and thus he fulfills Criterion C of the diagnosis (i.e., the client is under 18-years-old and does not meet criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder). It appears that the client’s symptoms began at approximately age 9, and thus, the Childhood-onset type (i.e., one symptom before age 10) is most appropriate. At this time, it appears that the “moderate” severity specifier best describes the client’s symptoms. The client has stolen but without confronting his victim, has used a knife the threaten a store owner, and has demonstrated oppositional behavior toward his primary caregiver.



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