Collaboration is a key part of social work  practice. Most MSW professionals engage in these processes during the  postgraduate practice years that each state requires before their  licensing moves from supervised to independent status. Even beyond those  requirements, peer consultation and collaboration are key aspects of  most social work practice settings.

 

For this Assignment, your Instructor has paired  you with a consultation colleague. Imagine that you and your colleague  are working with the client featured in the case study your Instructor  assigned. Your task is to provide a diagnosis and present your findings  in the Week 7 Discussion.

 

Your diagnosis can come from any part of the  DSM-5, so frequent communication and research with your colleague may be  needed. Your colleague is there to help you think out, consult on,  challenge, research, and polish your process before you record and post  your own final analysis of this case in Week 7.

 

The collaboration that begins in this Assignment  is intended to provide a safe venue for developing your differential  diagnosis and case discussion skills with your colleague. This week you  meet with your assigned partner at least once via Collaborate Ultra and  begin considering the assigned case. In this Assignment, you describe  that meeting and any initial analysis of the case.

 

To prepare:

 

  • Using the case study provided to you by your instructor.
  • Consult the Case Collaboration Meeting Guidelines document found in the Learning Resources.
  • Read ahead to the Week 7 Discussion instructions so that you can plan and reflect accordingly.

 

Note: In the Week 7 Discussion, you make your final findings presentation as an individual, not with your partner.

 

Submit a 1- 1/2-page paper in which you describe your team meeting. In your write-up, make sure to address the following:

 

  • Describe the quality of your working relationship with your colleague.
    • Critically reflect on strengths of collaborative relationship and areas for improvement.
  • Describe your case in 100–150 words.
  • Identify the red flags in your case study to be further evaluated.
  • Outline your and your partner’s plan for further research and  consultation, identifying specific tasks that you are each doing in this  regard.

 

 

 

ed Readings

 

 

 

First, M. B. (2014). Handbook of differential diagnosis. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edspub&AN=edp2452076&site=eds-live&scope=site
 
Note: You will access this e-book from the Walden Library databases.
Chapter 1, “Differential Diagnosis Step by Step” (pp. 14–24)

 

Morrison, J. (2014). Diagnosis made easier (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Part 1, “The Basics of Diagnosis” (pp. 3–56)
 

 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013j). Neurodevelopmental disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm01
 
Note: You will access this e-book from the Walden Library databases.
 

 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013l). Other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.VandZcodes
 
Note: You will access this e-book from the Walden Library databases.
 

 

Walsh, J. (2016). The utility of the DSM-5 Z-codes for clinical social work diagnosis. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(2), 149–153. doi:10.1080/10911359.2015.1052913
 

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