NURS6650 (October 2019) All Assignments

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 2 Assignment  

Hernandez Family Assessment

Assessment is as essential to family therapy as it is to individual therapy. Although families often present with one person identified as the “problem,” the assessment process will help you better understand family roles and determine whether the identified problem client is in fact the root of the family’s issues. As you examine the Hernandez Family: Sessions 1-6 videos in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat the client family.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client families presenting for psychotherapy

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on family assessment.

View the Hernandez Family: Sessions 1-6 videos, and consider how you might assess the family in the case study.

Note: For guidance on writing a comprehensive client assessment, refer to pages 137–142 of Wheeler (2014) in this week’s Learning Resources.

The Assignment

Address in a comprehensive client assessment of the Hernandez family 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

Note: Any item you are unable to address from the video should be marked “needs to be added to” as you would in an actual comprehensive client assessment

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 4 Assignment 1

Structural Versus Strategic Family Therapies

Although structural therapy and strategic therapy are both used in family therapy, these therapeutic approaches have many differences in theory and application. As you assess families and develop treatment plans, you must consider these differences and their potential impact on clients. For this Assignment, as you compare structural and strategic family therapy, consider which therapeutic approach you might use with your own client families.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy

Create structural family maps

Justify recommendations for family therapy

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on structural and strategic family therapies.

Refer to Gerlach (2015) in this week’s Learning Resources for guidance on creating a structural family map.

The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

Summarize the key points of both structural family therapy and strategic family therapy.

Compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Provide an example of a family in your practicum using a structural family map. Note: Be sure to maintain HIPAA regulations.

Recommend a specific therapy for the family, and justify your choice using the Learning Resources.

Note: The School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The sample paper provided by the Writing Center provides examples of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

By Day 7

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 4 Assignment 2

Week 1 Journal Entry

As a future advanced practice nurse, it is important that you are able to connect your classroom experience to your practicum experience. By applying the concepts you study in the classroom to clinical settings, you enhance your professional competency. Each week, you complete an Assignment that prompts you to reflect on your practicum experiences and relate them to the material presented in the classroom. This week, you begin documenting your practicum experiences in your Practicum Journal.

Note: Be sure to use the Practicum Journal Template, located in this week’s Learning Resources.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Analyze nursing and counseling theories to guide practice in psychotherapy*

Summarize goals and objectives for personal practicum experiences*

Produce timelines for practicum activities*

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 3.

In preparation for this course’s practicum experience, address the following in your Practicum Journal:

Select one nursing theory and one counseling theory to best guide your practice in psychotherapy.

Note: For guidance on nursing and counseling theories, refer to this week’s Learning Resources.

Explain why you selected these theories. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.

Develop at least three goals and at least three objectives for the practicum experience in this course.

Create a timeline of practicum activities based on your practicum requirements.

 

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 4 Assignment 3

Week 2 Journal Entry

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Apply documentation skills to examine family therapy sessions *

Develop diagnoses for clients receiving family psychotherapy *

Analyze legal and ethical implications of counseling clients with psychiatric disorders *

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 3.

Select two clients you observed or counseled this week during a family therapy session. Note: The two clients you select must have attended the same family session.

Then, address in your Practicum Journal the following:

Using the Group Therapy Progress Note in this week’s Learning Resources, document the family session.

Describe (without violating HIPAA regulations) each client, and identify any pertinent history or medical information, including prescribed medications.

Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), explain and justify your diagnosis for each client.

Explain any legal and/or ethical implications related to counseling each client.

 

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 4 Assignment 4

Practicum – 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).

 

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 6 Assignment  

Applying Current Literature to Clinical Practice

Psychiatric mental health nursing practice is one of the newest disciplines to be licensed to provide psychotherapy As such, the majority of psychotherapy research is centered on other disciplines such as psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, art therapy, psychiatry, and mental health counseling. This makes it essential for you to be able to translate current literature from other disciplines into your own clinical practice. For this Assignment, you practice this skill by examining literature on group work and group therapy and considering its applicability to your own clients.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Evaluate the application of current literature to clinical practice

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on group work and group therapy.

Select one of the articles from the Learning Resources to evaluate for this Assignment.

Note: In nursing practice, it is not uncommon to review current literature and share findings with your colleagues. Approach this Assignment as though you were presenting the information to your colleagues.

The Assignment

In a 5- to 10-slide PowerPoint presentation, address the following:

Provide an overview of the article you selected, including answers to the following questions:

What type of group was discussed?

Who were the participants in the group? Why were they selected?

What was the setting of the group?

How often did the group meet?

What was the duration of the group therapy?

What curative factors might be important for this group and why?

What “exclusion criteria” did the authors mention?

Explain the findings/outcomes of the study in the article. Include whether this will translate into practice with your own client groups. If so, how? If not, why?

Explain whether the limitations of the study might impact your ability to use the findings/outcomes presented in the article.

Note: The presentation should be 5–10 slides, not including the title and reference slides. Include presenter notes (no more than a half page per slide) and use tables and/or diagrams where appropriate. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the article you selected. Support your presentation with evidence-based literature.

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 7 Assignment 1

Group Processes and Stages of Formation

In your role, you must understand group processes and stages of formation, as this will help you develop groups and determine an individual’s appropriateness for group therapy. Whether you are at the beginning stages of group formation or facilitating a session for a developed group, it is important to consider factors that may influence individual client progress. For this Assignment, as you examine the video Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration in this week’s Learning Resources, consider the group’s processes, stages of formation, and other factors that might impact the effectiveness of group therapy for clients.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Analyze group processes and stages of formation

Analyze curative factors of groups

Analyze the impact of curative factors on client progress

Recommend strategies for managing intragroup conflict

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on group processes.

View the media, Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration, and consider the group dynamics.

The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

Explain the group’s processes and stage of formation.

Explain curative factors that occurred in the group. Include how these factors might impact client progress.

Explain intragroup conflict that occurred and recommend strategies for managing the conflict. Support your recommendations with evidence-based literature.

 

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 7 Assignment 2

Practicum – Assessing Client Family Progress

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Create progress notes

Create privileged notes

Justify the inclusion or exclusion of information in progress and privileged notes

Evaluate preceptor notes

To prepare:

Reflect on the client family you selected for the Week 3 Practicum Assignment.

The Assignment

Part 1: Progress Note

Using the client family from your Week 3 Practicum Assignment, address in a progress note (without violating HIPAA regulations) the following:

Treatment modality used and efficacy of approach

Progress and/or lack of progress toward the mutually agreed-upon client goals (reference the treatment plan for progress toward goals)

Modification(s) of the treatment plan that were made based on progress/lack of progress

Clinical impressions regarding diagnosis and or symptoms

Relevant psychosocial information or changes from original assessment (e.g., marriage, separation/divorce, new relationships, move to a new house/apartment, change of job)

Safety issues

Clinical emergencies/actions taken

Medications used by the patient, even if the nurse psychotherapist was not the one prescribing them

Treatment compliance/lack of compliance

Clinical consultations

Collaboration with other professionals (e.g., phone consultations with physicians, psychiatrists, marriage/family therapists)

The therapist’s recommendations, including whether the client agreed to the recommendations

Referrals made/reasons for making referrals

Termination/issues that are relevant to the termination process (e.g., client informed of loss of insurance or refusal of insurance company to pay for continued sessions)

Issues related to consent and/or informed consent for treatment

Information concerning child abuse and/or elder or dependent adult abuse, including documentation as to where the abuse was reported

Information reflecting the therapist’s exercise of clinical judgment

Note: Be sure to exclude any information that should not be found in a discoverable progress note.

Part 2: Privileged Note

Based on this week’s readings, prepare a privileged psychotherapy note that you would use to document your impressions of therapeutic progress/therapy sessions for your client family from the Week 3 Practicum Assignment.

In your progress note, address the following:

Include items that you would not typically include in a note as part of the clinical record.

Explain why the items you included in the privileged note would not be included in the client family’s progress note.

Explain whether your preceptor uses privileged notes. If so, describe the type of information he or she might include. If not, explain why.

By Day 7

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 7 Assignment 3

Week 5 Journal Entry

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Develop effective documentation skills for family therapy sessions *

Develop diagnoses for clients receiving family psychotherapy *

Evaluate the efficacy of solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for families *

Analyze legal and ethical implications of counseling clients with psychiatric disorders *

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 7.

Select two clients you observed or counseled this week during a family therapy session. Note: The two clients you select must have attended the same family session. Do not select the same family you selected for Week 2.

Then, address in your Practicum Journal the following:

Using the Group Therapy Progress Note in this week’s Learning Resources, document the family session.

Describe each client (without violating HIPAA regulations) and identify any pertinent history or medical information, including prescribed medications.

Using the DSM-5, explain and justify your diagnosis for each client.

Explain whether solution-focused or cognitive behavioral therapy would be more effective with this family. Include expected outcomes based on these therapeutic approaches.

Explain any legal and/or ethical implications related to counseling each client.

Support your approach with evidence-based literature.

 

 

 

NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 9 Assignment  

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Group Therapy for Addiction

When selecting a psychotherapeutic approach for a client, you must consider the unique needs and characteristics of that particular client. The same is true when selecting a psychotherapeutic approach for groups. Not every approach is appropriate for every group, and the group’s unique needs and characteristics must be considered. For this Assignment, you examine psychotherapeutic approaches to group therapy for addiction.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Evaluate psychotherapeutic approaches to group therapy for addiction

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on group therapy for addiction.

View the media, Levy Family: Sessions 1-7, and consider the psychotherapeutic approaches being used.

The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

Identify the psychotherapeutic approach that the group facilitator is using, and explain why she might be using this approach.

Determine whether or not you would use the same psychotherapeutic approach if you were the counselor facilitating this group, and justify your decision.

Identify an alternative approach to group therapy for addiction, and explain why it is an appropriate option.

Support your position with evidence-based literature.

Note: The School of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The sample paper provided by the Writing Center provides examples of those required elements (available at http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/57.htm). All papers submitted must use this formatting.

By Day 7

Submit your Assignment.

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 10 Assignment 1

Practicum – Client Termination Summary

Although termination is an inevitable part of the therapeutic process, it is often difficult for clients. However, by discussing termination throughout therapy, you can better prepare your clients for life without you. Once a client has achieved his or her therapeutic goals, termination sessions should be held and documented in a client termination summary. For this Assignment, you have the opportunity to practice writing a termination summary for a client with whom you have worked during your practicum experience.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Develop client termination summaries

To prepare:

For guidance on writing a client termination summary, review pages 693–712 of Wheeler (2014) in this week’s Learning Resources.

Identify a client who may be ready to terminate therapy.

The Assignment

Identifying information of client (e.g., hypothetical name and age)

Date the client initially contacted therapist, date therapy began, duration of therapy, and date therapy will end

Total number of sessions, including number of missed sessions

Whether termination was planned or unplanned

Presenting problem

Major psychosocial issues

Types of services rendered (e.g., individual, couple/family therapy, group therapy)

Overview of treatment process

Goal status (goals met, partially met, unmet)

Treatment limitations (if any)

Remaining difficulties and/or concerns

Recommendations

Follow-up plan (if indicated)

Instructions for future contact

Signatures

With the client you selected in mind, address in a client termination summary (without violating HIPAA regulations) the following:

By Day 7

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 10 Assignment 2

Week 10 Journal Entry

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Develop effective documentation skills to examine group therapy sessions with children and adolescents *

Develop diagnoses for child and adolescent clients receiving group psychotherapy *

Analyze legal and ethical implications of counseling child and adolescent clients with psychiatric disorders *

Select two clients you observed or counseled this week during a group therapy session for children and adolescents. Note: The two clients you select must have attended the same group session. If you select the same group you selected for the Week 8 or Week 9 Journal Entries, you must select different clients.

Then, address in your Practicum Journal the following:

Using the Group Therapy Progress Note in this week’s Learning Resources, document the group session.

Describe each client (without violating HIPAA regulations), and identify any pertinent history or medical information, including prescribed medications.

Using the DSM-5, explain and justify your diagnosis for each client.

Explain any legal and/or ethical implications related to counseling each client.

Support your approach with evidence-based literature.

By Day 7

Submit your Assignment.

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NURS 6650 Psychotherapy With Groups and Families

Week 10 Assignment 3

Practicum – Week 8 Journal Entry

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Develop effective documentation skills for group therapy sessions *

Develop diagnoses for clients receiving group psychotherapy *

Evaluate the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for groups *

Analyze legal and ethical implications of counseling clients with psychiatric disorders *

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 10.

Select two clients you observed or counseled this week during a group therapy session. Note: The two clients you select must have attended the same group session.

Then, in your Practicum Journal, address the following:

Using the Group Therapy Progress Note in this week’s Learning Resources, document the group session.

Describe each client (without violating HIPAA regulations), and identify any pertinent history or medical information, including prescribed medications.

Using the DSM-5, explain and justify your diagnosis for each client.

Explain whether cognitive behavioral therapy would be effective with this group. Include expected outcomes based on this therapeutic approach.

Explain any legal and/or ethical implications related to counseling each client.

Support your approach with evidence-based literature.