Case Conference Study Paper.


Psyc 441 – Intro to Clinical Psychology, Winter 2019

On Tuesday, March 26, we will conduct a simulated case conference using Kym Buchman, the character portrayed by Anne Hathaway in the 2008 film Rachel Getting Married, as the hypothetical client. Students are expected to review the film before the case conference.


Each student will be assigned a therapeutic perspective. Assignments will be available on an Excel worksheet in Canvas. Students will prepare a short paper analyzing the client using their perspective; the paper will be turned in the day of discussion. The analysis should include:


1. Case conceptualization – Frame Ms. Buchman’s issues using theoretical assumptions of your perspective. Use terms consistent with your model in describing the client’s problems. Provide definitions of your terms; don’t assume readers would be familiar with your perspective’s principles. If your perspective does not emphasize theory or case conceptualization, review reasons why the approach does not stress this area.


2. Assessment (optional) – You may assume a clinical interview has been administered. You have the option to briefly describe one or two additional assessment instruments you would use. Describe the rationale for the use of the instrument from the framework of your perspective, and why the additional assessment information would be useful.


3. Treatment – Describe interventions from your perspective that you would use with Ms. Buchman. State the rationale and justification for your interventions; they should not be selected haphazardly. What would be some expected effects of your interventions?


4. Reflections – Provide some personal observations on the exercise. Did you feel constrained by your assigned perspective, or was it easy to adopt the framework? What aspects of other perspectives may have been helpful in understanding or treating the client?


NOTE: While I am interested in your reflections, the bulk of the paper should be on conceptualization & treatment. The reflection section shouldn’t be more than 250 words.


The paper should be about 1000 words, typed and double-spaced. Excessively short or long papers will be penalized; stay within 850 – 1150 words for full credit. Please include a final word count (handwritten is fine). APA style is not necessary. A well-written paper will have a clear, logical structure and be free of spelling and grammatical errors.


In addition to the paper, students are expected to contribute during the case conference, where we will contrast how the various perspectives conceptualize how the client developed her problems, and their recommendations for treatment.


The paper is worth 18 points, and participation during the in-class case conference contributes to class participation score. Late penalties for the paper are discussed in the syllabus. The syllabus also has information on acceptable ways to submit your paper if you do not attend class on the due date.

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