Does the client’s awareness and understanding  of the voices mean no further action is required on the part of the  counselor? Since there appears to be no immediate danger to herself or  others, could the counselor disregard the symptoms?

Post your description of at least three benefits that are evident in the “Levy” group video. Describe ways this group session has been effective in helping the members of the group.
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explain one potential ethical concern related to this client’s  treatment and your role as a mental health professional once the client  has been stabilized on his medication.
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Does the client’s awareness and understanding  of the voices mean no further action is required on the part of the  counselor? Since there appears to be no immediate danger to herself or  others, could the counselor disregard the symptoms?

 

Imagine that you have been seeing a client for a  year. Initially, treatment was tailored to address a diagnosis of major  depressive disorder. Over the course of your counseling sessions, your  client has begun to develop psychotic symptoms. She becomes mildly  psychotic during a session and explains that the voices are telling her  that she is wasting her time and she will never be well. Your client is  surprised to have heard these voices, but is cognizant of the fact that  they are coming from within her, rather than some external, supranatural  source. She understands that they are psychotic symptoms.

Often,  counselors encounter ethical and clinical dilemmas in deciding the best  course of treatment for their clients. Considering the possibility that  a client might wish to avoid going on antipsychotic medication, could  you support this choice? Does the client’s awareness and understanding  of the voices mean no further action is required on the part of the  counselor? Since there appears to be no immediate danger to herself or  others, could the counselor disregard the symptoms?

The  Application Assignment contains a creative component, in which you  integrate DSM-5 sourced and other scholarly material to create a case  presentation. As hallucinations and delusions can vary from those that  were seemingly borne of logic to the truly bizarre, this is an  opportunity to fully engage your most imaginative thoughts.

For  this Assignment, review the Learning Resources. Reflect on the  development of drugs to treat psychosis over time. Consider the side  effects of antipsychotics and their interactions with neurotransmitter  function. Explore the ethical concerns and challenges of treating  psychotic disorders. Develop a presentation of a client who would  benefit from antipsychotic medications.

By Day 7

In a 3-page, APA-formatted paper, include the following based on the concepts in the treatment of psychotic disorders:

  • An overview of the major developments in the treatment of psychosis including major drug classes
  • An explanation of three severe side effects of antipsychotic medications and potential alternative treatments
  • An explanation of the neurotransmitters involved with and affected by these medications
  • An explanation of the ethical concerns related to the treatment of psychotic disorders and how you would address them
  • An explanation of the challenges mental health professionals face in treating psychotic disorders and how you would address them

Then, based on what you know about the  treatment of psychotic disorders provide an original and hypothetical  case study illustrating a client that would benefit from antipsychotic  medications and a brief explanation of an appropriate treatment plan.

Lichtblau, L. (2011). Psychopharmacology demystified. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning.
Chapter 4, “Antipsychotic Pharmacotherapy” (pp. 51–62)

Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Chapter 11, “Psychotic Disorders” (pp. 129-138)
Chapter 19, “Antipsychotic Medications” (pp. 227-238)

Gaebel, W., & Zielasek, J. (2015). Schizophrenia in 2020: Trends in diagnosis and therapy. Psychiatry And Clinical Neurosciences, 69(11), 661-673.