Compare developmental treatment plan options for the given scenario and discuss strategies for multidimensional interventions, including a needed crisis management plan.

In this assignment, you will compare developmental treatment plan options for the given scenario and discuss strategies for multidimensional interventions, including a needed crisis management plan.

Scenario:

You have been hired as a counselor working in a drug and alcohol counseling center. One of your patients is a man named Connor, aged 75 years. Connor left school at 16. He has never had a job that lasted longer than a few months. He has a long string of criminal offences (burglary, shoplifting, etc.). He is an alcoholic and is believed to have been drinking heavily since the age of 17. He has two adult children by different women. Both partners have said that he was violent toward them. His daughter, Laura (aged 27 years), and granddaughter, Samantha (aged 6 years), currently live with him. Laura has a history of cocaine abuse, which started in her early teens. A child protection agency has established that Laura recently left her child, Samantha, on her own when she went out to obtain drugs. She is attending parenting classes at the insistence of the child protection agency, which has made it clear that it will take steps to prevent Samantha from remaining in Laura’s care if she does not address her drug habit. Laura is often depressed and has little self-esteem. In spite of Connor’s history of violence toward her, she cannot imagine not living with her father as she looks to him for security.

Contents of a Treatment Plan

A mental health treatment plan should include a brief, clear statement of the treatment objectives and interventions and be easily understandable by all involved. The plan should specify what the clinical mental health counselor, a friend or a family member, and a client will do to address each identified goal and state who is responsible for each identified action and expected outcomes. The objectives for each identified need must be realistic and achievable and completed within an agreed-upon time frame.

Treatment plans are based on the most current assessment of the client’s needs and any identified risk factors. Proper assessments should consider psychiatric symptoms and medical and physical needs. Risk factors, drug and alcohol problems, social issues, accommodation issues, family (including parenting) issues, and personal issues should also be considered, although not necessarily all need to be commented on. The treatment plan should only reflect current priorities for the client.


 

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