PCN-671 Topic 8 Benchmark Case Study Evaluation: Treatment Approaches Assignment


Review Peter’s and Sue’s case studies from your earlier assignments.

Write a 1,000-1,400-word paper about the cases and recommended treatment approaches. Include the following in your paper:

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  1. Recommended treatment approaches for each (minimum of two treatment modalities per case)
  2. Specific examples of how you would implement the approaches if you were the therapist
  3. Evidence-based best practices for conduct disorder and separation anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  4. What assessment tools you would use to diagnoses and/or track progress? If you would prefer not to use an assessment tool provide the rationale for that choice.
  5. Would you make any referrals for specialists for Peter or Sue? If yes, why?
  6. A minimum of five scholarly references.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

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Case Study: Peter

Directions: Read the following case study about Peter in preparation for the Topic 1 assignment.

Peter is 12-years-old and his parents brought him in due to some serious concerns in regards to his behavior toward others. He is the middle child and has a younger sister and an older brother.

Academically, he typically scores high on his assessments; however, he typically fails to do his homework, especially in classes where he shows little interest. He has begun skipping some classes. It appears he has begun smoking cigarettes and his parents are worried about possible drug use.

From an early age, his parents described him as angry, hurtful, and spiteful. He would always test boundaries both at home and at school. At age 7, his parents reported his hamster dying of mysterious cause, and when they bought another one a few months later, he died as well due to Peter “playing” with him too rough. As a child, he used to take the wings off of flies and he would keep bugs in containers without air vents or food. His parents reported no longer having any pets in the home due to fear for the pet’s safety.

Peter frequently calls his younger sister degrading names and neither sibling likes being around him due to his bullying behavior. He especially targets his younger sister due to her frequently crying after he taunts her. His typical response is laughter. His teachers have reported similar behavior during school and after, bullying classmates and/or others in the school. He has been suspended from school multiple times each school year and has seen a few school counselors since 2nd grade. Recently, he was suspended due to stealing the phone of one of his classmates and then beating him up after school when his classmate asked for his phone to be returned. Both parents reported him lying frequently with no tell (no affectual disturbance) and showing no remorse even when caught red handed or when he has caused harm to others (another child or animal).

Peter’s father is a police officer and tends to be absent from the home frequently (he works evenings and weekends). He father is authoritarian and is pretty strict with discipline. His mother is very anxious around Peter and fears his responses to being disciplined. In the past, Peter has threatened to beat her if she takes away his electronics and he is now physically big enough to intimidate her. In session, Peter’s mother breaks down, and cries due to feeling completely overwhelmed with parenting her son. She herself has a history of severe depression, including severe post-partum depression after Peter was born. When he was 2 years old, she was psychiatrically hospitalized for a few weeks. Since then she has been on medication to help control her depression.

Case Study: Sue

Directions: Read the following case study about Sue in preparation for the Topic 4 assignment.

Sue is 8 years old and her mother brought her in for treatment due to feeling extremely frustrated with Sue’s current behavior. Sue is an outgoing child around her family members (she has two older siblings), she prefers being with her mother and has significant anxiety if she has to go to school and/or when she is away from her family members. Sue cries and throws a fit each morning prior to her mother dropping her off at school. She has missed multiple days of school due to her mother just giving up and letting her stay at home with her. Her mother reported just feeling worn out and feeling frustrated with Sue’s school for telling her that Sue has to attend school but not seeing what mom has to go through each morning to get her to class. In the past, Sue has become so anxious that she has made herself sick (throwing up, breaking out in hives), this is especially true right after any school breaks and Mondays seem to be the most difficult of days.

Sue’s mother works from home and she wonders if maybe homeschooling Sue would be better. She and her husband at first were worried about Sue’s clinginess but she was the baby of the family and just attributed it to her being the youngest and wanting more attention. They tried preschool and kindergarten but more frequently than not, Sue stayed home with mother due to her behavior rapidly escalating and seeing the stress on her child. During 1st grade, Sue was frequently sent home due to the school nurse believing her to be sick. In 2nd and now in 3rd grade, her school has changed their policy and is no longer allowing her to leave school unless she is showing physical symptoms (fever, rash, vomiting), which seems to have elevated her symptoms. She has recently begun breaking out in hives and having more occurrences of vomiting.

Sue’s parents have tried bribery (offering money and toys if she goes to school without throwing a fit) with no results. Sue’s grades are good and she does well with the homework; however, she usually tests poorly in class. Sue will frequently end up with the school nurse complaining of her head or stomach hurting, despite having no physical symptoms of illness. She has made no friends at school and Sue reports constantly worrying about something bad happening to her mother and older siblings.


Course: PCN-671 Psychopathology and Treatment of Children and Adolescence
School: Grand Canyon University

  • 01/02/2020
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