For your Case Study, you will produce and present your own case study. Your case studies should be about a child or adolescent who is struggling with one or more of the disorders/problems that we have or will talk about in this class. It should also focus on putting this child in a context, including how the settings the child exists in influence the child. For this assignment, it is expected that you will not only use the class textbook but also seek and cite other outside information.
Successfully completing this assignment will require you to do two essential things: 1) Produce a written case study to be handed in and 2) Present you case study as a 10-15 minute lecture/learning opportunity to the class.
The Case Study is worth a total of 115 points of your final grade for the course. The written case study will be worth 75 points and the lecture/learning opportunity will be worth 40 points.
1) Written Case Study (75 Points Total)
Your case study should be 6-8 pages in length not including references. Your case study should utilize at least 3 scientific references(e.g., peer reviewed articles, books, therapy manuals but not websites, magazine articles, etc.) other than our textbook. If you do choose to use a website, magazine article, etc, they can be used as secondary sources (e.g., NOT one of the 5) with prior approval.
All case studies will be due by June 26, 2018. A hard copy of your case study will be due at the beginning of class that day. A digital copy must also be submitted to SafeAssign by the beginning of class that day.
Case studies must be written double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font with standard (1 inch) margins on all sides. No title pages please. In addition to content, your case study will be graded for structure, clarity of thought, grammar, spelling, presentation of ideas, and proper referencing (APA style).
Case studies under the specified page limit, that do not utilize the minimum amount of outside references or that do not meet any other of the specified criteria will not be accepted and you will receive a zero for the case study component.
There are several ways that case studies can be written. Our textbook includes many brief examples of case studies and I will also provide several other examples. However, your written case study for this assignment should follow this format and contain these elements:
a) Background (15 points): What do we need to know about this child/adolescent? What is or has happened in the family?
b) Symptoms (15 points): What symptoms is the child/adolescent displaying? Where? When? Be specific- this section should lead to the eventual diagnosis/diagnoses.
c) Assessment (5 points): Brief description of how you would assess this child/adolescent. Specific assessment tests can be names if known; if not, give general plan.
d) Diagnosis (10 points): What disorder(s) would you diagnosis this child/adolescent with? Why? Be specific- make sure this ties into the symptoms presented & to use the correct DSM-5 names for the diagnosis/diagnoses.
e) Risk Factors (5 points): Is there anything that puts this child/adolescent at a particular risk? What is going on around the child that may be serving to maintain problems?
f) Etiology (Cause) (5 points): What possible cause(s) is there for the child/adolescent’s disorder? (Hint: think about the biopsychosocial model)
g) Treatment (15 points): What treatments would be recommended for use with this child/adolescent? Why?
h) Writing Skills (5 points): grammar, formatting, punctuation, clarity of thoughts, etc.
2) Lecture/Learning Opportunity (40 Points Total)
You will also present your case study as a 10-15 minute lecture/learning opportunity to the class. There are 2 possible days in our syllabus that are available for you to present. You will be assigned a day to present either by volunteering to go on a certain day or by random assignment by the instructor.
The purpose of your lecture/learning opportunity will be to inform the class as to what your case study was about- more specifically all the elements that were described above. You will also be tasked with preparing a learning opportunity that highlights a key issue or issues from your group’s case study- ex. what it’s like to have the diagnosis your case study described, what the type of treatment you talked about entails, etc.- and engaging the class in participating in that activity.
The specifics of how you present the information from your case study and what kind of learning opportunity you present are flexible; the lecture/learning opportunity is a chance for you to be creative but informative in conveying the information from your case study.
Your lecture/learning opportunity must contain the following elements:
a) Presentation of Case Study (25 points): Present your case study. Include enough details so that the class knows all the elements described above of the case study.
b) Learning Opportunity (15 points): Creative activity or questions for class that highlights a case study issue(s). This is an opportunity for you to be creative- it could be specifically about your person or the person’s disorder in general but it should be interactive & engaging for your classmates.