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PRAC – 6650 Practicum Week 8

PRAC – 6650 Practicum Week 8

PRAC – 6650 Practicum Week 8

This week, you will develop diagnoses for clients receiving group psychotherapy and consider legal and ethical implications of counseling these clients.

Learning Resources

Required Resources

Document: Group Therapy Progress Note

Optional Resources

American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer.

Assignment 1: Practicum – Week 8 Journal Entry (Due in Week 10)

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Develop effective documentation skills for group therapy sessions *
  • Develop diagnoses for clients receiving group psychotherapy *
  • Evaluate the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for groups *
  • Analyze legal and ethical implications of counseling clients with psychiatric disorders *

* The Assignment related to this Learning Objective is introduced this week and submitted in Week 10.

Select two clients you observed or counseled this week during a group therapy session. Note: The two clients you select must have attended the same group session.


Then, in your Practicum Journal, address the following:

  • Using the Group Therapy Progress Note in this week’s Learning Resources, document the group session.
  • Describe each client (without violating HIPAA regulations), and identify any pertinent history or medical information, including prescribed medications.
  • Using the DSM-5, explain and justify your diagnosis for each client.
  • Explain whether cognitive behavioral therapy would be effective with this group. Include expected outcomes based on this therapeutic approach.
  • Explain any legal and/or ethical implications related to counseling each client.
  • Support your approach with evidence-based literature.

No Assignment 1 due this week.

Submit Assignment 1 By Day 7 of Week 10

Assignment 2: Practicum – Assessing Client Family Progress (Continued–Submit This Week)

Submit your Assignment 2. Refer to Week 7 for additional guidance.

Submission and Grading Information

To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:

  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK8Assgn2+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
  • Click the Week 8 Assignment 2 Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
  • Click the Week 8 Assignment 2 link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
  • Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK8Assgn2+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
  • If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
  • Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 8 Assignment 2 Rubric

Making Connections

This week, you developed diagnoses for clients receiving group psychotherapy and considered legal and ethical implications of counseling these clients.

Next week, you will log all of your Practicum hours in the Meditrek system.

To go to the next week:

Week 9


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