Practicum – Assessing Clients

To prepare:

• Select a client whom you have observed or counseled at your practicum site.

• Review pages 137–142 of the Wheeler text and the Hernandez Family Genogram video in this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on elements of writing a Comprehensive Client Assessment and creating a genogram for the client you selected.

The Assignment

Part 1: Comprehensive Client Family Assessment With this client in mind, address the following in a Comprehensive Client Assessment (without violating HIPAA regulations):  •Demographic information

•Presenting problem

•History or present illness

•Past psychiatric history

•Medical history

• Substance use history

•Developmental history

•Family psychiatric history

•Psychosocial history

•History of abuse/trauma

•Review of systems

•Physical assessment

•Mental status exam

•Differential diagnosis

•Case formulation

•Treatment plan

Part 2: Family Genogram Prepare a genogram for the client you selected. The genogram should extend back by at least three generations (great grandparents, grandparents, and parents).

Required Readings:

(1) Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.