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MHC108: Mental Health – Mr Todd’s Case Study – Nursing Case Study Assessment Answers

Internal Code: 2ACBE

Mr Todd’s Nursing Case Study Assignment

Context:

The case study below describes the mental health concerns of a man who presents to you for counselling. You are required to review the case, identify the presenting mental health issues and potential treatment options, for example CBT, that would help recovery. Crisis counselling is to be considered in addition to two different counselling approaches.

Case Study

Todd lost his job six months ago, and feels he is a failure. He has lost interest in doing anything and has begun drinking heavily. He sleeps most of the day and sometimes watches TV for a good portion of the night. Recently, his dog died, which has brought up unresolved grief about the death of his younger brother through drowning when he was eight and his brother was six. He finds he can’t stop thinking about his brother, blaming himself for not saving him. Todd was in the same backyard pool when his brother drowned.

Instructions:

Write a 1500-word essay that covers how you would respond to Todd in the above case study and the reasons for your choice.

It is expected that the paper will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion. Consider the following as a format guide:

Presenting problem/s:

  • Correct identification of presented mental health concerns
  • What problems need to be addressed and in what order?
  • Describe the probable causes: physical, social and environmental
  • Describe the symptoms and signs

Underlying issue:

  • How will you determine the underlying concerns?
  • What immediate actions do you need to take?
  • What are the statutory requirements and duty of care you need to take?
  • What reporting do you need to complete?

Treatment:

Present two counselling models which might be appropriate for treating Todd’s case. Justify the chosen models and why, consider:

  1. The therapeutic aims
  2. Technique/s
  3. What elements of Todd’s case make each counselling model appropriate?

How would you manage Todd as a client on an ongoing basis?

Evaluate each model:

Look at the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences of each model.

Assess if referral is required in Todd’s case.

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