Applying Research to a Case 

you will research one counseling intervention in relation to an identified mental health issue and apply your findings to a case study. This week, there are a number of decisions for you to make to solidify your project. You will complete Part I of the Final Project.  You will notice that some case studies include more than one potential client. After you identify the case and choose the client, identify one presenting problem or mental health issue for counseling focus. 

Now, put your counselor hat on. You have an identified client and a presenting problem. Where do you go from here? As a counselor, you have an ethical responsibility to provide competent practice. There is an expectation that you will utilize interventions that are supported with empirical research.  So, your next step is to identify an intervention that you would like to use with your client.  For your project, you will investigate current counseling research related to the intervention in order to make an informed decision about evidence-based practice. To launch your research, you will formulate a research question to guide your investigation.

To Prepare

  • Review the Final Project Worksheet Part 1 media program found in the Learning Resources for this week
  • Consider the case study and identify your client and the mental health issue you will focus on
  • Choose one intervention that you would like to further investigate for possible use with the client

Case Study 4

Jared is a 37-year-old African American male who is referred to counseling by his girlfriend, Sheila. Sheila is worried about Jared because he is short-tempered and on edge, shouts at his girlfriend, and loses his cool with his kids, ages 13 and 15. Jared was served with divorce papers upon his return from deployment and now only sees his children every other weekend. Jared reports that he “can’t think straight.” He describes wanting to lock himself away and draw the curtains. Jared cries openly when describing that he served four years in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a marine. He also expresses reluctance to enter into counseling because he fears being labeled.

In the 12 years since returning home from his deployment, Jared has struggled with his divorce and homelessness. He reports believing that people with mental problems are wimps or fakers. Jared also explains that when he was a medic, he coped with the horrors that he had seen in war by having a few beers or smoking marijuana to try and block out the horrific memories. Jared then describes one event that plays over and over in his head. He became emotional when he described the scene of a young child who had been mutilated but left alive. Jared’s daily thoughts are filled with images of homes being burned, or people screaming with bloody injuries, or people in anguish over the dead bodies of their loved ones. These memories have impacted his daily functioning and interpersonal relationships because of the feelings and thoughts that are triggered. Neither his girlfriend nor his kids want to be around him, and he is worried that he is losing his mind

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Title of the Paper in Full

Student Name

Program Name or Degree Name (e.g., Master of Science in Nursing), Walden University

COURSE XX: Research

Dr. Nicholas

June 28, 2022

Case Conceptualization

Identify the client of focus by providing information (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, grade level, etc.) as well are background and family history (e.g., living arrangements, family situation, religious affiliations, cultural influences, etc.).

Presenting Problem

Describe the presenting problem and the mental health concern (i.e., diagnosis) you will address in your work with the identified client or student. Be sure to provide the symptoms and behaviors that the client is exhibiting and how this brings the client to counseling. How are the problematic behaviors related to the diagnosis?

Counseling Intervention

Name the counseling intervention(s) that you will investigate for use with this client. Provide some basic information about the intervention you would like to use with your client and explain why you think it is appropriate.

Research question

Research questions follow a specific formula. Here is an example of a research question: Is art therapy effective to improve communication in elderly people with dementia?

Do not include more than 1 intervention or more than 1 diagnosis~

The format is as follows: Is (name of intervention) effective for treating (name the population or category of your client) diagnosed with (mental health issue)? Include your research question in this section.

References

Cite all resources and use proper APA format.

Magic, M. (2017). Fascinating course resource that helps transform my opinions into scholarly content. Journal for Brilliant Graduate Students, 98(12), 56–66.



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