Introduction to Treatment Planning
This Week you will learn about the basics of treatment planning. This knowledge will be applied in the assignment due in Week 11. Treatment planning serves the important functions of encouraging a thoughtful planning process based on assessment information and providing structure to the provision of therapy to clients. There are many methodologies of treatment planning and you will explore several and then determine the approach you wish to use. Remember that the method you use will likely evolve as you move into your MFT practice (often due to requirements of third-party payers or the preferences of an agency), so this is work to lay the foundation.
While preparing for the assignment in this week, you are encouraged to review the information included in the second week of this course. Play close attention to the difference between the concepts of “treatment planning” and “case conceptualization” and reach out to your professor if you need further clarifications on these terms. Good understanding of these concepts is required not only to successfully complete this course, but also to become a competent MFT.
Instructions regarding AATBS materials, the readings listed below will be found in the following volumes:
- California Exam Volume II – Treatment Planning and Treatment (focus on the information about this model)
- National Exam Book – Treatment (focus on the information about this theory)
Be sure to carefully review this week’s resources. You will be expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS) materials
Read materials related to treatment planning
Gehart, D. R. (2014) Mastering competencies in family therapy
Read Chapters 13, 15
Gehart, D. Treatment Planning, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy. [Video].
PowerPoint – Chapter 13 Case Concept MCFT
Chapter 13 Case Concept MCFT.pptx
PowerPoint – Chapter 15 Treatment Plans MCFT
Chapter 15 Treatment Plans MCFT.pptx
After examining the assigned resources for this week, please submit a brief essay answering the following questions:
- What aspects will be important to consider while conceptualizing a case from a systems-based perspective?
- What is the main purpose of building a treatment plan at the beginning of a therapeutic encounter?
- What are the essential components of a standard MFT treatment plan, as addressed by Gehart in chapter 15 of the assigned text?
Length: 2-3 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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6.0 Appraise the use of treatment plans for working with families using classic and intergenerational models of therapy.