The adolescent population is often referred to as “young adults,” but in some ways, this is a misrepresentation.

The adolescent population is often referred to as “young adults,” but in some ways, this is a misrepresentation. Adolescents are not children, but they are not yet adults either. This transition from childhood to adulthood often poses many unique challenges to working with adolescent clients, particularly in terms of disruptive behavior. In your role, you must overcome these behaviors to effectively counsel clients. For this Discussion, as you examine the Disruptive Behaviors media in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat adolescent clients presenting with disruptive behavior.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Assess clients presenting with disruptive behavior 
  • Analyze therapeutic approaches for treating clients presenting with disruptive behavior 
  • Evaluate outcomes for clients presenting with disruptive behavior 

To prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide.
  • View the media, Disruptive Behaviors. Select one of the four case studies and assess the client. 
  • For guidance on assessing the client, refer to pages 137-142 of the Wheeler text in this week’s Learning Resources. 

Note: To complete this Discussion, you must assess the client, but you are not required to submit a formal Comprehensive Client Assessment.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

By Day 3

Post an explanation of your observations of the client in the case study you selected, including behaviors that align to the criteria in DSM-5. Then, explain therapeutic approaches you might use with this client, including psychotropic medications if appropriate. Finally, explain expected outcomes for the client based on these therapeutic approaches. Support your approach with evidence-based literature.

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