difficulty controlling his temper

Case Study 3: The Case of Kristopher Kristopher is a 14-year-old boy who was recently accused by a female classmate of forcing her to have sex with him. He claimed that she agreed to have sex with him and then became angry because he went out with other girls. Kristopher is known as a bully and often fights with other students. He was removed from his biological mother’s home when he was 4-years-old because she was unresponsive when he was repeatedly abused by her boyfriend. Kristopher was adopted by his current parents when he was 7-years-old after he had lived in a series of foster homes. He was a known charmer. Despite his charm, however, he had difficulty controlling his temper and seemed to take pleasure in being cruel to other children and animals. During the next few years, Kristopher’s adoptive parents tried to help him. They worked with the school to help him control his temper and provided him with therapy. However, his behavior became increasingly difficult to manage. He frequently lied and sometimes stole money from his mother. He began to spend time with other adolescents who were known to use drugs. His school performance, which had never been satisfactory, deteriorated even further. Soon after he was accused of the sexual assault, he ran away from home but was caught by police and arrested.

Points Student’s Score Does Not Meet Criteria Somewhat Lacking Meets Criteria

Assessment: Diagnosis and

Rationale (30 points)

Diagnosis and Rationale

(____ of 30 points)

Provides inaccurate/unreasonable diagnoses. Offers simplistic,

undeveloped, or irrelevant support for diagnoses. Provides inappropriate or off-topic

generalizations, faulty assumptions, and/or errors of fact. (0-23.5)

Provides generally reasonable diagnoses. Diagnoses fail to account for some relevant symptomatology.

Offers solid but less developed support for diagnoses. Supporting

details are not always recognized or made explicit. Contains some

appropriate details or examples. (24-26.5)

Provides accurate or reasonable diagnoses with corresponding codes.

Substantial, logical, and concrete support for diagnoses. Supporting

details are explicit. Details are clearly and convincingly communicated and

provided along with literature to support assertions.

(27-30)

Assessment: Differential

Diagnosis and Rationale (20 points)

Differential Diagnosis and

Rationale (____ of 20

points)

Fails to demonstrate that an alternative reasonable diagnosis was

contemplated. Offers simplistic, undeveloped, or irrelevant support

for the alternative diagnosis. Provides inappropriate or off-topic

generalizations, faulty assumptions, and/or errors of fact. (0-15.5)

Provides a generally reasonable differential diagnosis. Explanation as

to why a reasonable alternative diagnosis is considered but not

assigned. Explanation is unclear and/or has missing relevant

information. (16-17.5)

Provides an accurate or reasonable differential diagnosis with

corresponding code. Provides a clear, concise, and informative explanation as

to why a reasonable alternative diagnosis is considered but not

assigned. (18-20)

Assessment: Treatment

Recommendations and Rationale

(15 points)

Treatment Recommendations

and Rationale (____ of 15

points)

Does not provide treatment recommendation or provides

unrelated/inaccurate treatment recommendation. Offers simplistic, undeveloped, or irrelevant support for the application of the treatment.

No scholarly references used. (0-11.5)

Provides a generally reasonable treatment recommendation based on diagnosis and symptomology.

Provides some support for treatment recommendation with case

examples and scholarly reference(s), but has missing relevant information. (12-13)

Provides an accurate or reasonable treatment recommendation based on diagnosis and symptomology. Fully

supported treatment recommendation with case examples and scholarly

reference(s). (13.5-15)

Diversity Variables (20 points)

Diversity Variables

(____ of 20 points)

No diversity variables related to the client are discussed in relation to

diagnosis and treatment recommendations, the variables discussed are irrelevant, or not relevant to the case. (0-15.5)

Only one diversity variable related to the client is discussed in relation to

diagnosis and treatment recommendations or peripheral

diversity variables are mentioned without deeper examination.

(16-17.5)

At least two relevant diversity variables in relation to diagnosis and treatment

recommendations are discussed thoroughly. (18-20)

Grammar/ Organization (15 points)

Grammar/ Organization

(____ of 15 points)

Lack of structure detracts from the points of the paper. Text and

references are not in APA style. Paragraphs, topic sentences, and transitions are disjointed. Paper contains numerous grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Overall, errors interfere greatly with the readability of the paper. (0-11.5)

Structure of the paper is somewhat hard to follow. APA style with several errors in text and/or

references. Paragraphs, topic sentences, and transitions need

improvement. Paper contains some grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. Overall, errors interfere somewhat with the

readability of the paper. (12-13)

Structure of the paper is clear. APA style with minimal errors in text and/or

references. Paragraphs, topic sentences, and transitions are logical and flow well. Minimal grammatical,

punctuation, and spelling errors. Overall, errors do not interfere with the

readability of the paper. (13.5-15)

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