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Assignment: Adolescent Psychiatry

Assignment: Adolescent Psychiatry

Assignment: Adolescent Psychiatry

Question Description
Week 11: Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Put the name of your chosen disorder in the subject line of your Discussion post.
Explain any psychological issues that may arise as a result of your topic.
Describe the most effective assessment measure available and explain why you chose it.
Describe the treatment options available for children and adolescents with your chosen disorder.
Explain how culture affects treatment.
“Another foster home, here we come. When my father discovered that I was wearing Mom’s clothes, he evicted me. He didn’t realize that deep down, I knew I was a girl. My birth certificate may state that I am male, but this is incorrect. I feel so much better about myself… about being a girl. Perhaps this foster family will understand and accept me for who I am, or I will simply flee once more.”
Joseph/Josephine, 16 years old

Select a family to complete a family health assessment. (The family cannot be your own.)

Before interviewing the family, develop three open-ended, family-focused questions for each of the following health patterns:

  1. Values, Health Perception
  2. Nutrition
  3. Sleep/Rest
  4. Elimination
  5. Activity/Exercise
  6. Cognitive
  7. Sensory-Perception
  8. Self-Perception
  9. Role Relationship
  10. Sexuality
  11. Coping

As a PMHNP, you may encounter many children and adolescents who have challenges that go beyond the standard DSM-5 diagnoses.

Assignment Adolescent Psychiatry
Assignment Adolescent Psychiatry

Children in foster care or who have been adopted may have emotional scars from previous abuse or neglect; adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria may face peer and family issues; and children involved in terrorist acts may experience recurring fear and mistrust.

This week, you will investigate psychological issues that may arise in children who are subjected to special circumstances, as well as assessment and treatment options tailored to these special populations. You also take the course’s final exam.

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Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

REQUIRED READINGS
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.Standards 11 “Communication” (page 75)
Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2014). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.Chapter 31, “Child Psychiatry” (pp. 1279–1323)
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

“Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders”
“Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention”
“Assessment Measures”
“Cultural Formulation”
Note: You will access this book from the Walden Library databases.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). (2011). Practice parameter for child and adolescent forensic evaluations. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 50(12), 1299-1312. Retrieved from http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(11)00883-…

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). (2012c). Practice parameter on gay, lesbian, or bisexual sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and gender discordance in children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(9), 957–974. Retrieved from http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(12)00500-…

Lee, T., Fouras, G., & Brown, R. (2015). Practice parameter for the assessment and management of youth involved with the child welfare system. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(6), 502–517. Retrieved from http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(15)00148-…

Human Rights Campaign. (n.d.). Growing up LGBT in America. Retrieved June 8, 2017, from http://assets.hrc.org//files/assets/resources/Grow…

OPTIONAL RESOURCES
Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A. (2015). Rutter’s child and adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.Chapter 19, “Legal Issues in the Care and Treatment of Children With Mental Health Disorders” (pp. 239–249)
Chapter 49, “Forensic Psychology” (pp. 636–647)

Discussion: Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Many children face special issues that impact everyday life, whether it is within themselves, their families, or their environment. The PMHNP must be sensitive to these many issues that children and adolescents are faced with during important developmental years.

In this Discussion, you select a special population and analyze the psychological issues that the population faces. You also address the assessment and treatment needs of the population.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Analyze psychological issues that may arise in children faced with special circumstances
Evaluate assessment measures used with children faced with special circumstances
Evaluate treatment options used with children faced with special circumstances
Analyze cultural influences on treatments (D)
To Prepare for the Discussion:

Review the Learning Resources.
Select one of the following topics for the Discussion:Adoption
Foster care
Gender dysphoria
Forensic issues
Impact of terrorism on children
Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts and cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

BY DAY 3
Post:

Write your selected disorder in the subject line of your Discussion post.
Explain the psychological issues that may result from your topic.
Describe the most effective assessment measure that could be used, and explain why you selected this.
Explain the treatment options available for children and adolescents involved with your selected disorder.
Explain how culture may influence treatment.
BY DAY 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues who selected a topic other than the topic you selected. Provide at least two additional treatment strategies that could be used with this client and at least one additional cultural influence that you think should be considered. Explain your responses.

SUBMISSION AND GRADING INFORMATION
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 11 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 11 Discussion

Assignment: Final Exam
This exam is designed to assess how you synthesize the information from all your PMHNP courses. It draws upon the material from all the textbooks from NURS 6630, NURS 6640, NURS 6650, and NURS 6660. It is very similar to what you will experience in your certification exam.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Assess knowledge of concepts and principles related to child and adolescent psychiatry
This exam will cover the following topics:

Learning and motor disorders in childhood
Mood disorders
Early-onset schizophrenia
Feeding and eating disorders
Elimination disorders
Special topics in child adolescent psychiatry
BY DAY 7
Complete the Final Exam. Prior to starting the exam, you should review all of your materials. There is a 2-hour time limit to complete this 75-question exam. You may only attempt this exam once.

This exam is a test of your knowledge in preparation for your certification exam. No outside resources including books, notes, websites, or any other type of resource are to be used to complete this exam. You are expected to comply with Walden University’s Code of Conduct.

SUBMISSION AND GRADING INFORMATION
Submit Your Exam by Day 7
To submit your Exam:
Week 11 Exam

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.