Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – COUC 667

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/03/2022

Course Description

Students become knowledgeable of the principles and practice of clinical diagnosis and the development of treatment plans using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Emphasis is also placed on mental status, substance use, and risk assessment. Consideration is given to ethical, dimensional, relational, multicultural, and systemic issues important in diagnosis and treatment planning.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is committed to preparing students who can adequately meet the demands of a world that is becoming more and more impaired by sin, dysfunction, and pathology. We desire students who can interview, evaluate, and treat clients professionally, effectively, and ethically without violating their biblical worldview and in a way that integrates that worldview into their work. The intent of this course is to prepare students for the pragmatics of their clinical work in practicum and internship environments. Christian counselors should be competent in all areas of clinical work regardless of the setting in which they work. Being able to conduct an appropriate, professional, and clinically sound interview is the basis of all counseling. Based upon the data obtained in the interview counselors must be able accurately diagnose, conceptualize, and plan a course of treatment for clients, essential skills for all counselors.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

The student will complete required reading and viewing of video presentations in the appropriate module according to the Course Schedule.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Quiz

his Dispositions Reflection quiz will ask you to rate yourself on the nine dispositions required for this program by our accrediting bodies using the following scale:

  • Exceeds expectations – I believe I do this exceptionally well.
  • Clearly meets expectations – I believe I am able to do this in an appropriate way as expected for graduate students at my current position in the program.
  • Adequately meets expectations – I believe I do this but could use improvement and growth in this dispositional area.
  • Does not meet expectations – I believe I do not do this well and could use improvement.

There are a total of 6 content quizzes in the course. The quizzes are based on course textbooks, readings, videos, and other media required for each module. The quizzes are comprehensive, i.e., module 2 quiz will have quiz items from module 1; module 6 quiz may have quiz items from module 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The quizzes will cover topic such as clinical interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and Christian integration. You will have unlimited attempts for each quiz. The quizzes are not timed. They can be taken repeatedly over the course. The pedagogical rationale is you need to have repeated attempts, "practice," in recalling and recognizing the course material for application in professional counseling and preparation for state exams for licensure. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Discussions (4)

The student will complete 4 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 300 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation in APA format (in-text citations and references). Any source cited must have been published within the last five years unless it is deemed a seminal work in the field. Acceptable sources include textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, government websites, biblical sources (Bible, Bible dictionary, commentary, theological textbooks, etc). (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, G)

During the clinical interview role-play (CIR) assignment you will take on 3 roles: counselor, client, and supervisor using Microsoft Teams video recording. As a counselor you will practice the essential counseling skills (e.g., open-ended questions, empathy, reflect emotions, probing) to collect information necessary for a diagnosis. As a client you will role play a case study given to you by the instructor. As a supervisor, you will observe the counselor using their clinical interviewing skills and provide oral feedback. (CLOs: A, B)

The Case Presentation has 4 assignments associated with it. The first 3 are formative, a place to practice, clinicals skills, e.g., assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning. The 1st formative assignment is the Case Presentation Assessment & Diagnosis (C-PAD) assignment. For this assignment you will use the data collected from your clinical interview in previous weeks. You will write up the first part of the case presentation - assessment summary and a diagnosis. (CLOs: B, C, D)

The Case Presentation has 4 assignments associated with it. The first 3 are formative, a place to practice clinicals skills, e.g., assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning.

The 2nd formative assignment is the Case Presentation Case Conceptualization (CP-CC) For this assignment you will use the data collected from your clinical interview in previous weeks to write up a case conceptualization. The case conceptualization has 2 parts, the inverted Pyramid Model and the Case Conceptualization Narrative. The Case Conceptualization is where you move from describing the problem (diagnosis) to understanding the problem. (CLOs: D, E)

The Case Presentation has 4 assignments associated with it. The first 3 are formative, a place to practice clinicals skills, e.g., assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning.

The 3rd formative assignment is the Case Presentation Treatment Plan (CP-TP)  This is the final step in the Case Presentation project for the class. You will develop a treatment plan, based on the previous data collected, e.g,. assessment, diagnosis, and case conceptualization, that is ethically, culturally, and evidenced/theory based. The treatment plan has a number of component such behaviorally-defined problems, goals, interventions, and outcome measurements. (CLOs: B, D, E, F)

The Case Presentation: Final is where you will bring together your 3 formative assignments (Assessment & Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Plan) into a final document. Over the course you will have received feedback via your instructor and peers. You will take the feedback along with any other resources, e.g. textbooks, to finalize your Case Presentation. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E F)