Case study: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations

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Case study: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations


LASA 2: Case study: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations


This assignment is designed to help you synthesize the course material and apply the material in creating an assessment, and generating a diagnosis, as well as treatment recommendations.


Read the case study provided and write a clinical report which includes:


  1. A summary of the major issues facing the client needing to be addressed.
  2. A working diagnosis for the client (with diagnostic summary and rationale) utilizing the following information from the CAGE screening tool and case history information.
  3. A Mental Status Exam which applies the information from the case history.
  4. Detailed treatment recommendations determining which modality (family, individual, group, or couples) is most appropriate for this client.  Be sure to provide the rational for your choice by integrating information from the case summary.
  5. Recommendations on whether individual is a good candidate for treatment placement (inpatient, residential, or outpatient) and an analysis of the pros and cons for your selection based on a summary of the issues.


Your paper should be at least 4 pages long. Remember to include a cover page and reference page, and to support your arguments with information drawn from the online content, the textbook, and other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.  Apply APA standards for writing and citations to your work.


The case information is as follow:


Case Information


Client: Joseph Blackwell


Date of Birth: July 10, 1961


Identifying Information


Gender: Male


Age: 49


Religion: Baptist


Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian


Disability: No visible disabilities


Class: Annual income under $12,000


Educational Qualification: High School Diploma


Current Family Constellation and Living Arrangements


Married currently separated


3 children, ages  20, 15, 2


Currently homeless, staying with a friend


Other Family Information


Mother gives money to him on a consistent basis


The only person who “nags” him about his drinking is his wife


Other family members have covered for him on more than one occasion, telling his wife he was working when he was really getting high.


Employment Statu

Recently lost job due to failure to show up.

Employed there for 6 monthsReports having over 10 jobs in the last 5 year

Skilled as a roofer

egal Proble

Took a Plea for Treatment in lieu of conviction for current possession of cocaine charge

License suspended for Driving Under the Influenceon Probation

Past/Current Psychological Proble

Reorts a diagnosis of Bipolar Manic Depression made several years ago

tates “I just wants it all go away, maybe it be better if I just went away, sometimes I cry when I wake up.”

Medication history

Records indicated that the client has been treated off and on with Seroquel and Lithium. He reported that both medications helped him feel more “calm and collected.” He has been off of medication for the past 2 months.

Substance Use history

The client stated that he drinks alcohol every day, usually 1 liter of vodka and a few beers.  This pattern of drinking endured for the past 10 years. He tried to stop drinking one time and the longest that he has abstained from drugs and alcohol was for a period of 3 months a few years ago. He also uses cocaine and marijuana several times per week.  He stated that he has thought about stopping the substance use, but is sure that he will never be able to abstain. The patient has a history of the shakes when he has attempted to stop drinking in the past. He has tried outpatient substance abuse counseling, though would usually relapse after a few sessions. He has never participated in inpatient detox.

Records reviewed (Psychiatric ER summary dated August 6, 2010)


Patient was admitted to the X psychiatric emergency room and placed on a 72 hour observation. He was brought in by emergency medical services and a police escort after he was found in the street yelling that he wanted to die and threatening bystanders at the local bus station.  His toxicology screening was positive for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and benzodiazepines.  After the 72 hour observation the substances had cleared, the patient was administered Librium for alcohol withdrawal complications, and by day 3 he denied suicidal, as well as homicidal ideation. Thus, he was released, in good behavioral control, and referred to an outpatient chemical dependency program. Records indicated that the pt has a diagnostic history that includes, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Alcohol Dependence, and Polysubstance Abuse.



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