1. What other information would you like to learn during the interview with the family? What questions would you ask? 2. In addition to the clinical interview, what other clinical assessment tools should you consider? Why? 3. Although you need more information to begin treatment, what factors might you take into consideration in designing an effective intervention for this family? 4. If you were preparing to diagnose Clara, you would refer to the DSM-IV classification system to evaluate her condition on five separate axes. What type of information would go into each axis? Note: You are not asked to enter a diagnosis, only describe the kind of information that would be entered in each axis. 5. Do you think that diagnosing Clara would be beneficial or harmful? Explain why.
I would like to know first and foremost, if Ciara is having any problems at school, if the teachers have reported any irregular behavior from her. Then ask the parents if there are any problems at home between them and between any of their other children. I would also like to know if this is her first time seeking professional help. A clinical interview would not be helpful for many reasons. I don’t think the child is capable of providing enough information to make a diagnostic. Also seeing that the child behaves in various ways in different places wouldn’t be ideal because she may act in a way to fool you. I think in order to get an accurate read the child should be put through various tests. Besides having Ciara draw a couple pictures, I would like to conduct a Rorschach test with her. For axis 1 Ciara shows mood disorders, Personality disorders for axis 2. Medical information will be needed to answer axis 3, questions asked about home and school would be plugged into axis 4 and information from the test would be axis 5. I would like to give Ciara more time to develop before making a diagnostic; at this stage she is very unfamiliar with school and meeting new people. This may very well just...
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