Assessing and Diagnosing Presentation

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Imagine your team has been asked to present to a group of schoolteachers to discuss the similarities and differences between disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.

Create a case scenario for each of the following clients:

A client with a disruptive disorder – Chelsea is fourteen years old and in her sophomore year of high school. She is now required to meet with the school counselor due to her consistent aggressive behavior. They meet once every other day for forty-five minutes. She has gotten into an altercation with multiple students at least three times each week for the last 5 months. Chelsea has demonstrated signs of depression, anxiety, and is facing expulsion if she cannot stop this behavior. Her parents do not know what to do anymore they have had her tested for multiple possible explanations for her behavior. Most thought of diagnosis have been ruled out, such as ADHD. The school counselor has been able to determine that Chelsea has Intermittent Explosive Disorder. 

  • A client with an impulse-control disorder –Dylan is an 11-year-old boy who was referred by a family friend. The client’s parents have concerns about Dylan’s behavior. Dylan interacts well with peers his own age, his parents note that he can be easily led and influenced by others. They also report that Dylan gets upset when he does not receive recognition or feels that he has been ignored. Dylan describes difficulties with focusing and sitting still in class. He recognizes that he can focus on some activities of interest, however he often has difficulty sustaining his attention at school. His parents and teacher indicate that Dylan is restless, and often requires reminders to help him stay on task. Dylan has always had challenges falling asleep, and sometimes finds that he wakes up in the middle of the night. When he wakes up, he finds that he has a difficult time getting back to sleep and, sometimes staying awake for as long as an hour and a half. Dylan has had several incidents of hitting, crying outbursts, and inappropriate behavior.

A client with a conduct disorder – Isaiah is a seven-year-old boy who was referred for services by his medical provider. Clients parents came in office with concerns about their son’s behavior. Parents state that client becomes aggressive (breaking things/ harming family members), annoys others, and does not follow rules. Clients parents are worried about client’s behavior due to him getting older, being stronger, and not wanting to focus on his education material. Clients parents state that client has expressed these behaviors for two years. They homeschooled the client in the first grade due to him being aggressive, refusing to go to school, and annoying others while being at school/home. Parents state that client would annoy others and would blame his negative behaviors on others.

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation to compare and contrast these three clients. Include the following:

  • Provide a summary of each client’s case scenario.
  • Outline the behavioral symptoms each client is exhibiting.
  • Describe how the behavioral symptoms of each client fit into diagnostic criteria for each disorder.
  • Describe possible assessment instruments that may be used with each client and explain why each instrument should be used.

Cite a minimum of three sources.

Format any citations in your presentation consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Last Updated on April 3, 2020