of the two case studies—one couple vignette and one family vignette—to use for
this assignment.Identify and evaluate specific methods you would use during the
assessment and diagnosis phase with this couple or family.
Apply family systems models used for understanding patterns of dysfunction in
relationships to describe how you would incorporate assessment and diagnostic
processes into your work with this couple or family.
Explain how you would apply the DSM-5 diagnostic system to this couple or
family. Review the materials in the DSM-5 about relational problems (pages
715–722, "Relational Problems" under "Other Conditions That May
Be a Focus of Clinical Attention"). If you decide to give a diagnosis to
any of the individuals, what would it be, and how might this diagnosis impact
the couple's or family's therapy process?
Explain how you would include sociocultural factors in the assessment and
diagnosis of this couple or family.
Evaluate the influence of the clients' sociocultural background, personal
history, environment, and family or relationship systems on their current
experiences and the presentation of their symptoms. You will need to support
your ideas with evidence from the professional literature.
Discuss how your own sociocultural background, personal history, values,
biases, and assumptions would impact the diagnostic process with this couple or
family. For example, might you have difficulty understanding the meaning of
some the symptoms these clients present; or, might you overlook, or
over-emphasize, certain symptoms, given your own background and history?
Discuss the ethical issues that may arise when assessing and diagnosing a
couple or family. Apply specific ethical standards (such as those from the
American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage and
Family Therapy (AAMFT), and Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) to
the issues you may encounter when assessing and diagnosing this couple or
Design an effective treatment plan for this couple or family based on the
assessment information you have observed and collected during the diagnostic
process. Use the following outline for your treatment plan:
What is the focus of the therapy (key issues and concerns that will be
What are some of the main goals for this couple or family? What specific
changes in the couple or family would be evidence of positive movement or would
demonstrate that the therapy is being effective? For each goal noted, list
examples of specific interventions or counseling techniques that will be used
during the sessions.
What interventions will be used during sessions to help the couple or family
reach their goals?
should be 5–7 pages in length and include a minimum of four articles from
current peer-reviewed journals. Use APA sixth edition style and formatting.
Review the Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of a Couple or Family Scoring
Guide to ensure that you have met the grading criteria for this assignment.