Assessing Client Families

Assessing Client Families
Assessing Client Families
Learning Objectives
Students will:
· Assess client families presenting for psychotherapy
· Develop genograms for client families presenting for psychotherapy
To prepare:
· Select a client family that you have observed or counseled at your practicum site.
· Review pages 137–142 of Wheeler (2014) 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
Create a comprehensive client assessment for your selected client family that addresses (without violating HIPAA regulations) the following:
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 and/or trauma
Review of systems
Physical assessment
Mental status exam
Differential diagnosis
Case formulation
Treatment plan
Part 2: Family Genogram
Develop a genogram for the client family you selected. The genogram should extend back at least three generations (parents, grandparents, and great grandparents).
Required Readings
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
· Standard 5B “Health Teaching and Health Promotion” (pages 55-56)
Nichols, M. (2014). The essentials of family therapy (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
· Chapter 8, “Experiential Family Therapy” (pp. 129–147)
· Chapter 13, “Narrative Therapy” (pp. 243–258)
Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer.
· “Genograms” pp. 137-142
Cohn, A. S. (2014). Romeo and Julius: A narrative therapy intervention for sexual-minority couples. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 25(1), 73–77. doi:10.1080/08975353.2014.881696
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Escudero, V., Boogmans, E., Loots, G., & Friedlander, M. L. (2012). Alliance rupture and repair in conjoint family therapy: An exploratory study. Psychotherapy, 49(1), 26–37. doi:10.1037/a0026747
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Freedman, J. (2014). Witnessing and positioning: Structuring narrative therapy with families and couples. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35(1), 20–30. doi:10.1002/anzf.1043
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Phipps, W. D., & Vorster, C. (2011). Narrative therapy: A return to the intrapsychic perspective. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 22(2), 128–147. doi:10.1080/08975353.2011.578036
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Saltzman, W. R., Pynoos, R. S., Lester, P., Layne, C. M., & Beardslee, W. R. (2013). Enhancing family resilience through family narrative co-construction. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16(3), 294–310. doi:10.1007/s10567-013-0142-2
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Governors State University (Producer). (2009). Emotionally focused couples therapy [Video file]. Chicago, IL: Author.
Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate length of this media piece is 115 minutes.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2013b). Hernandez family genogram [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.
Psychotherapy.net (Producer). (1998). Narrative family therapy [Video file]. San Francisco, CA: Author.
Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate length of this media piece is 111 minutes.
Psychotherapy.net (Producer). (2007). Existential psychotherapy [Video file]. San Francisco, CA: Author.
Note: You will access this media from the Walden Library databases. The approximate length of this media piece is 61 minutes.

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