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SOCW 6202: Treatment of Addictions

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Instructions for Scholar Practitioner Project (SPP) Case Study

1. For your SPP, you will prepare a case study of Marge; the client presented in the media pieces throughout the course.

2. Your case study will consist of two sections: A narrative case study section and a treatment plan section.

3. The narrative case study section will be written using the required APA style. You will use this document as a guide for the narrative section of your case study and include at a minimum the 18 elements presented below. The final narrative case study section should be approximately 15–20 pages in length.

4. Your treatment plan section will follow the Treatment Plan Template introduced in your Assignment for Week 5.

5. The timeline for your case study will extend from the client’s admission into residential treatment (Counseling Session 1), proceed through her course of treatment there (Counseling Sessions 2 and 3), and conclude with a discharge plan of her projected long-term treatment extending through the next 12 months.

Case Study Format

Treatment Plan Section

• Treatment plan developed using Treatment Plan Template and is attached at end of case study.

Narrative Case Study Section


• Name, age, race/ethnicity, gender, marital status, and any other appropriate information PRESENTING PROBLEM

• Brief summary of the problem(s) and concerns that brought the client to treatment • Description of current condition including physical and mental status and attitude on

admission • Who accompanies client and provides collateral information • Other relevant information


• Description of how initial screening was conducted to validate the existence of a problem and make initial treatment recommendations. Include how information was gathered (e.g., verbal clinical interview, paper-and-pencil assessment instrument) and sources of information (e.g., client, family members).

• Overview of ongoing assessment process to evaluate severity of the addiction, rule out the co-existence of other relevant problems, assist in treatment planning, and monitor progress (e.g., continued more detailed interviews with client and family members, observation, standardized assessment instruments).


• Substance(s) used and/or any addictive behaviors identified

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• Age of first use • Family history of addiction (chemical and/or behavioral) • Progression of use to current stage • Average frequency and amount over last six months • Other signs and symptoms of addictive use (e.g., blackouts, increased tolerance over

time, physical withdrawals if use stopped) • Negative consequences experienced due to use • Previous attempts to stop on own and/or treatment history • Level of denial of problem (e.g., none, mild, moderate, severe) • Level of motivation to change on admission (low, moderate, high)


• Any other current or past mental disorder or mental health problem • Signs, symptoms, course of disorder, and other pertinent information necessary to plan

treatment • Past history of treatment or counseling


• Pertinent current or past medical history related to or affected by addiction • Current medications (in particular psychotropic and/or prescribed addictive medications)


• Education • Work/career history including problems related to addiction • Current financial status


• Current or past legal problems • Current status of any existing legal problems


• Socioeconomic status • Any cultural/ethnic factors influencing addiction and recovery • Social/leisure activities


• Composition of immediate family • Description of roles identified for each family member • A explanation of the potential impacts of these roles on family members • Include family in client’s treatment plan and a minimum of two resources that would be

useful to them MODEL(S) OF ADDICTION

• Model(s) of addiction used to plan treatment approach. Rationale for use and strengths and weaknesses of chosen model(s)


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• Model(s) of treatment used. Rationale for use and strengths and weaknesses of chosen model(s)


• Model(s) of case management used. Rationale for use and strengths and weaknesses of chosen model(s)


• Describe how spirituality could be an important factor in client’s recovery • Ways in which client’s spiritual needs might be addressed through case management

referrals to community 12-step support groups or other spiritual resources

COURSE OF TREATMENT • Current level of treatment (as defined in Week 4 by the American Society of Addiction

Medicine’s Patient Placement Criteria [PPC]) • Projected PPC level(s) of treatment after discharge from residential treatment over the

next 12 months and an explanation of why this level(s) would be effective • Projected levels of treatment over next 12 months • Response to treatment • Prognosis for response to treatment over next 12 months


• Summary of treatment recommendations over next 12 months (as reflected in treatment plan)


• Conclude the case study with a statement of how personal traits, skills, motivations, and experiences that you possess might be helpful in pursuing a career as an addiction counselor. How will these factors contribute to your ability to maintain self-awareness and a healthy work/life balance?


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