Discussion 2: applying treatment approaches


Knowledge for the sake of knowing is a noble concept, but treatment providers must understand how to apply that knowledge to real-world practice. Every drug offender brings to treatment his or her own history, set of circumstances, type of addiction, and type of drug abused. The treatment planning process must address these unique factors regardless of the setting, and each factor must be appraised when selecting a treatment approach and when considering desirable treatment outcomes. Most residential settings have standardized programs for treatment. Many have treatment augmentation opportunities available for issues outside the scope of forensic psychology treatment in order to improve the success rates of desired treatment outcomes.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Case Studies document found in this week’s      resources, and select one of the two scenarios for this Discussion.
  • Identify a treatment approach that you think best      addresses the various issues described in your selected case study.
  • Consider the limitations of the treatment approach that      you identified, and think about how you would address these limitations.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the case study, and provide details on the treatment approach you selected to use. Explain why this treatment approach best addresses the issues in the case study. Then describe one limitation of this treatment approach, explain why it is a limitation, and explain how you would address it.

Note: Put the name of the case study in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who discussed a case study that you did not.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

Week 5 

Case Studies Drug Offenders 

Case of Sampson 

Basic Presenting Problem: Sampson is a  24 year old single Caucasian male who has been referred for treatment services after he was convicted of possessing “crystal meth .”Sampson report she has not used crystal meth more than six or seven times in the past. He reports his first use was with his girlfriend 2 months ago, and he has never used this substance alone. He tell you he has no history of addiction in his past, and no one in his family has a history of addictions either. He is employed as an assistant manager of a local bookstore and has no prior criminal convictions. He also advises you that his girlfriend is also in a similar situation as she is facing legal action for possession of crystal meth amphetamines as well as prostitution. Relevant Psychological and Medical Information: Sampson was briefly seen by a counselor when he was an adolescent and his parents were divorcing. Sampson recalls the sessions were beneficial and helped him get through had difficult transition. His developmental years were normal and he experienced no significant difficulties. Sampson attended local schools and earned average grades. He went to the local community college for 2 years but dropped out when he got his current job as assistant manager. Case of Carol Basic Presenting Problem: Carol is being referred for treatment by her parole officer after she “tested positive “for marijuana during a random drug screening. Carol is a 39-year-old divorced female who was released on parole after serving 6 years for assault with a deadly weapon. She has been arrested over17 times and has a lengthy history of drug abuse. Carol reports that she has no interest in treatment because she does not believe marijuana should be illegal. She has  the family support of her mother and aunt. She is presently employed as a clerk at a local automotive-part manufacturing plant. Carol has no children and has no significant debt. Relevant Psychological and Medical Information: Carol reports dropping out of high school at the ageof16 when she first started using drugs and encountering legal difficulties. At the age of 17, while in a juvenile detention center, she had to have a hysterectomy after cancer was discovered in her uterus.

She has no further complications from surgery or cancer. She has remained cancer free since the surgery. Carol did see a mental health counselor briefly during her first period of incarceration as an adult for “depression” related to the criminal conviction.

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