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Treatment Plan Instructions
Your assignment is to develop a Treatment Plan based upon the clinical case example of Rafael below. Utilizing course materials and other current professional
sources, develop a treatment plan which follows the outline provided below the Case Study description:
Case Study of Rafael:
Rafael is a 35 year old twice divorced father of four who works in the construction field on a random basis. He decided to participate in an assessment and possible
treatment after his sixth girlfriend, since his divorce, ended their relationship. His past couple of girlfriends left him after telling him that they were exhausted
by his mood changes and behavior. He says that his previous two wives and each of his six girlfriends have told him that they need someone who is “more stable” both
in mood and behavior. Rafael reports that some of the things that they have complained about are his affairs with other women and one-night stands with prostitutes and
dancers along with his drinking. He shares that he has been drinking more than he is comfortable with in an attempt to manage his “down moods”. He also has concerns
about the amount of sexual relationships he is engaging in and the fact that he is at risk for a sexually transmitted disease or death.
Rafael was married for six years to his first wife and three years to his second wife. He has three children with his first wife and one child with his second
wife. He shares that while he loved his first wife (she was his high school sweetheart) the second wife he married when she became pregnant after a brief relationship
of no more than a couple of weeks. He felt that it was his responsibility to “do the right thing.” He has no contact with his children or ex-wives. He reported that
he desires to have a relationship with his children but both ex-wives have told him that until he becomes more stable in his relationships and with his moods and stops
drinking that he is not permitted to see his children. Both have reported to him concerns over his relationships with prostitutes and the potential that he may engage
in these relationships while being around the children. Rafael stated that his mother described him as a teenager who “went through extreme mood changes. Sometimes he
was very happy or “up,” and much more energetic and active than usual, or than other kids his age. Sometimes he was “mopey,” and “much less active than usual”. Rafael
remembers his first significant down period at age 17. He recounted approximately 3 “down” episodes a year since then that lasted anywhere from 5-6 weeks each. During
these times Rafael experienced daily sadness, daily feelings of hopelessness, daily difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, continuous feelings of fatigue and
difficulty concentrating. He has been hospitalized two times for suicidal ideations and once for “hearing crazy voices”. Rafael stated that he has no desire to do the
things he enjoys, to include bowling and doing home improvement projects, during these times and he does not associate with his friends and family. He reported that
this was another major issue with his two wives as they complained that he isolated himself from them and his children during these times. He explained that all his
significant others have complained that during his “down” times that he “stays away from them. It is during those time that I think that I don’t deserve them because
of the things I have done. Sometimes during those times I am so sad that I don’t even think I should live. I feel like trash.”
Rafael has received treatment for his “down” times several times before. He was prescribed medications but they never seemed to help and in his mid 20’s some of
these medications set off a “crazy hyper time” that was more extreme than the happy, energetic periods he was used to experiencing as a child. Over the past 10 years
he has experienced approximately 20 “crazy hyper” times (about 2 times a year) where he needed only 2 to 4 hours of sleep and felt great. Daily for approximately four
weeks, Rafael would experience racing thoughts, initiate sex multiple times per day with multiple partners (often prostitutes but sometimes individuals he had just met
at a bar or club), be very talkative, and socialized non-stop. He would frequent bars and clubs in his spare time almost non-stop. He indicated that during his “hyper”
times he would believe he was “king of the world” and that he could do anything he put his mind to but often would not follow through with his phenomenal plans due to
a “down” time following these periods of high energy. Twice, towards the end of the four weeks of extreme energy, he began hearing voices and was hospitalized. It was
at his first and third “hyper” hospitalizations that the psychiatrist took him off the medications he had been taking and tried him on several medications to “even me
out”. He would take the medications for 3-6 months after each hospitalization but when he dipped into a “down” episode he would stop taking the medication. “The drugs
had serious side effects such as messing with my sex drive and then I would get depressed anyway… so what was the reason to keep taking the stupid things.”
After the times that Rafael has been hospitalized he has been a client at the local community mental health center. He receives counseling, case management, and
psychiatric services. He will comply with treatment immediately after hospitalization but as soon as he starts in another “down” period he will stop attending. Rafael
believes that the quality and level of treatment he receives is not helpful and began drinking alcohol 5 years ago to help manage his “down” periods. “When I feel
normal I drink 1 12 oz. beer a day, when I am down I would usually drink 5-6 12 oz. beers a day, and when I have those periods of high energy I can hold my own with
the best of them. Sometimes during those periods I have drank so much that I blacked out. I do not like drinking so much, but when I am depressed it takes more and
more beer to make me forget what a loser I am. And then when I have those “up” periods I am just being one of the guys and partying”. Rafael indicated that one year
ago he had a significant “down” period and began drinking 7-8 12 oz. beers per day every day. He has struggled since that time to cut back on his alcohol intake. He
has attempted multiple times to cut back and verbally berates himself for not cutting back after the depression lifts. “I used to have a handle on my drinking but for
the last year I have felt a bit out of control.” Rafael admitted that this past two girlfriends complained about his drinking and attributed the end of the
relationships to his moods, sexual misconduct, and alcohol use. “I would like to stop, but lately when I am not drinking all I think about is the next drink. In fact,
I would like to stop having the sexual encounters, also, but when I am not engaged in one of those I often think about the next one and how I will meet someone to
engage in the sexual behavior. It is like a drug”. Rafael stated that he is currently in a “down time” and has not had a “hyper time” for over 4 months. He has had
two distinct “down episodes” since his last “hyper episode”. Rafael reported that he would like to go back to work full-time someday but his “moodiness”, drinking,
and the time he spends trying to find sexual partners have made it impossible to hold a full-time job for longer than six to eight months at a time. “I get by with
doing odd jobs but these are becoming fewer and fewer”.
Develop a treatment plan for Rafael by utilizing the following outline:
I. Identify the Key Issues in this Case Study
a. Prioritize the key issues by placing them in order of importance.
b. Offer a rationale for how you have prioritized the issues. You will want to utilize text and course materials (or other professional sources) as support for
c. Your rationale needs to lay a foundation for possible treatment outcomes. Your decisions in this section need to correlate with the Treatment Recommendations
section of the paper.
II. Diagnostic Impressions
a. What assessments are needed to properly diagnose the client? Our course materials have provided many assessment tools and approaches that you would need to
incorporate in your discussion.
b. What Diagnostic Impressions do you have of this client? What diagnoses would you identify based upon the information given? You will need to utilize the DSM-5
as well as our course texts to support your decisions.
You have access to the DSM-5 information to inform your Diagnostic Impressions by using this Liberty library link: http://libguides.liberty.edu/content.php?
Once this link opens, scroll down to “Psychiatry Online Journals.” On this site, you will find a wealth of information on the DSM-5. After logging in with your Liberty
Username and Password, you may access the main codes necessary for your Diagnosis by doing the following:
· Click the link “Explore the latest edition.”
· Select “Section II: Diagnostic Criteria and Codes.” A sub-menu of links will open. Click the desired link in the menu to access specific information about that
c. Provide a rationale for your diagnoses selections. What evidence did you find in the DSM-5 and course materials that would lead you to your decisions?
III. Treatment Plan Recommendations
a. List your recommendations for treatment. These recommendations need to correspond with the Key Issues you have cited in the first part of the paper.
b. Articulate how your treatment is an approach that reflects a collaborative approach with the client. Discuss why this is a central feature for treatment of
clients dealing with sexual addiction
c. Address your treatment in a way that incorporates a biopsychosocialspiritual perspective
d. What concerns or issues may impact the ability to implement this treatment plan? How might you address these to assist the client in being successful in
IV. Style Considerations
a. Present your paper in a grammatically correct and clear manner with a minimum of spelling errors, if any.
b. Use current APA formatted title page, Abstract, citations, and reference page
Final points to remember:
References: Cite all sources used to develop your plan in current APA style in the body of your paper and on the reference page. Your decisions of diagnosis and
treatment recommendations need to have authoritative sources rather than just being your own opinion.
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