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.
- 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.
By Day 7
Submit a 1- to 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. ( The Quality of the working relationships went really well, very easy going, open-minded and productive collaborate teamwork working with my colleagues so far)
- 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. ( Red flags were Alcohol, suicidal thoughts, abuse, overdose, family history, cannot keep a job longer than 3 years, and attempted suicide. )
- Outline your and your partner’s plan for further research and consultation, identifying specific tasks that you are each doing in this regard. ( I will be researching and working on the possibility of a diagnosis of Bipolar 2 and studying The case of Sigmund more thoroughly. Toni will be working on and researching BIpolar 1 and Somang will be working on possible other diagnoses such as major depression and attachment disorders. )
- Identify days/times you have agreed to meet together, including the date planned to complete the CFI interview required for the Week 5 Assignment. We have agreed and decided to meet again via ultra collaborative or via email with our findings and research by Monday at 9 am September 23rd. IF that does not work due to one being out of town collaboration will be via email.
Dr. Diane Rullo
CASE of Sigmund
INTAKE DATE: FEBRUARY 2019
This is a voluntary intake for this 53 year old Jewish male. Sigmund has had several psychiatric hospitalizations in the past. Sigmund has been married for 29 years and has been separated from his wife for the past ten months. He has been living alone for the past five months. His wife and three daughters live two blocks from him. Sigmund has had difficulty in jobs and has not been at any job longer than three years.
“I miss my family and do not want to live without them”.
HISTORY OF ILLNESS:
Sigmund reports first seeking psychiatric treatment when he was sixteen years old. He was prescribed anti-depressants, but does not remember what kind. Since they helped his mood he remained on anti-depressants for several years. In his late teens he began drinking. His use of alcohol continued into his early thirties. At thirty four years old he attempted suicide after his wife and children left him. He was hospitalized in a psychiatric unit for thirty days. At that time Sigmund was put on lithium, with continued successful results for several years, resulting in reconciliation.
In December 2018 Sigmund returned to his psychiatrist because he was becoming depressed again, feeling sad, fearful and suicidal. He was given Parnate. Soon after, both Sigmund and the psychiatrist did not think this was working very well and the psychiatrist added Ritalin to his medication regiment. During the next three months Sigmund felt on top of the world sometimes lasting for 10 days. He then would have angry outbursts. His wife asked him to leave the home. He then took an overdose of Klonopin. Sigmund was then prescribed ECT (shock treatment). Sigmund returned home after the shock treatment but reported that it was an inhumane experience and felt anger towards his wife believing she forced him to receive ECT to return home.
Sigmund continued on anti-depressants and lithium. Mrs. Sigmund was getting continuously concerned about their financial state because Sigmund would constantly be buying big items that they could not afford. They would have arguments about this all the time. By the end of August he was asked to leave his home again because he used pills as a suicidal gesture. He began drinking again to cope with the separation. This use and behavior continued up to his current presentation for intake.
Sigmund reports growing up as tumultuous. His mother beat him and would lock him out of the house when she became angry. His mother separated from his father on several occasions and sometimes would throw Sigmund out of the house with the father. His mother made all the decisions and his father played a more passive role. Both parents would often have physical fights and Sigmund would try to break up the fighting from as early as he can remember.
Sigmund is the only child from his parents union. He has an older brother from his mother’s previous marriage. Sigmund does not have any contact with his brother. Sigmund was initially considered an underachiever in the early years of school. He had trouble being in fights with other kids because they use to make fun of his wrinkled clothes. Sigmund always wanted to be a doctor. He spent the following five years after college graduation taking courses but never completed his graduate studies.
Sigmund has no legal history. He worked in the family business through high school and college. He became a project coordinator at his next job. He stayed there three years.
Sigmund states he currently takes Synthroid for a thyroid problem and this helps him keep his weight down.
FAMILY ISSUES AND DYNAMICS:
Sigmund was first married at age twenty one years old. He reports not loving his first wife but liked the stability of her family and asked her to marry him. They spent one year together. He physically abused her from the beginning of their marriage. Mrs. Sigmund the first had an affair that ended the marriage. Mrs. Sigmund reports Sigmund had spoken to her several times about getting involved with other men for sexual pleasure with his knowledge and she states she just followed through with his wishes. They had no children.
Six months after his first divorce Sigmund married again. He reports not loving his second wife but thought it was better to be married. The second Mrs. Sigmund had one child from a previous marriage who Sigmund adopted. They had two other children.
The first ten years of their marriage Sigmund reports physically abusing his wife. He reports hitting the oldest child once. He stopped the physical abuse when Mrs. Sigmund asked for a divorce the first time. Sigmund reports he always wants people around him. He believed his wife was becoming more distant from him over the past several years which he could not take. Their fighting increased, although he would not become physical with her now.
MENTAL STATUS EXAM:
Sigmund presents as a neatly dressed male who appears younger than his stated age. His hair is a bit disheveled. His nails are neatly groomed. Facial expressions are appropriate to thought content. Motor activity is appropriate. Thoughts are logical and organized. There is no evidence of hallucinations. Sigmund admits to a history of suicidal ideation, gestures and attempts. His mood is depressed. During the interview Sigmund talked fast. Sigmund is oriented to time, place and person. His intelligence appears above average.