Mental Health Consultation

Mental Health Consultation

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, it is recommended that you read Chapter 1 in Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Initial Assessment, Boundaries, Money, Disruptions and Suicidal Crises and Chapters 1, 2, and 4 in The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis.

Respond to at least one of your colleagues in the discussion forum before creating your assignment submission.For this assignment, you will take on the role of a mental health professional providing a consultation to a colleague. Your colleague in this case happens to be a licensed clinical psychologist. Carefully review the PSY645 Fictional Mental Health Consultation Scenario (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. which provides information on your colleague’s patient and specific questions your colleague has posed to you as a consultant. Once you have reviewed the scenario, research a minimum of two peer-reviewed articles in the Ashford University Library related to the situation(s) presented in the scenario and how these have been approached and treated in previous cases.

Write an evaluation of the patient’s symptoms and presenting problems within the context of one theoretical orientation (e.g., psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, etc.). Summarize views of these symptoms and presenting problems within the context of at least one historical perspective and two theoretical orientations different from the one used in your evaluation (e.g.:, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, integrative) in order to provide alternative viewpoints. To conclude, justify the use of diagnostic manuals and handbooks besides the DSM-5 that might be used to assess this prospective patient.

The Mental Health Consultation:

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and  must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least two peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Here’s the scenario:PSY645 Fictional Mental Health Consultation Scenario You have received the following email from a colleague working at a local crisis house.   *encrypted message* Here is the case we talked about briefly over the phone. Please let me know your thoughts. This one really has me stumped. John Smith, PsyD Clinical Psychologist (PSY042) Please note the following privacy information: This message and any files transmitted with it may contain privileged and confidential information intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination or copying of this message or any of its attachment(s) is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify Dr. Smith by email and permanently delete the original message and attachment(s) from your computer system. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. ——- Bob is a 38-year-old male. He presented to the crisis house late last night, appearing disheveled and poorly groomed. He repeatedly stated, “The police are after me,” but did not articulate any reason why the police would be looking for him. His speech was pressured and circumstantial; he had significant psychomotor agitation and elevated body temperature. Bob reported having been in psychiatric treatment “for years,” but refused to share previous diagnoses and would not complete a release of information to allow examination of his medical history. When I shared with Bob that his medical history is important information for me to know in order to help him, he screamed, “You work for the police, don’t you? I bet you’re a cop!” Bob was admitted to the crisis house due to risk of further decompensation without this level of care. Normally, I would wait a few days to observe Bob and make a diagnosis, but I need to make a diagnosis within 24 hours of admittance according to our crisis house policy. Additionally, I do not currently have access to a tox screen or a toxicology report for Bob. Help me understand what’s happening with him so I can make a provisional diagnosis.

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