Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents

Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. One of the references must come from Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015) and/or Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). I have also attached my discussion rubic so you can see how to make full points. Please follow the instructions to get full credit for the discussion. I need this completed by 11/29/18 at 5pm. I work with juvenile delinquent youth.

Discussion – Week 1

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Strengths and Limitations

Some counselors may find working with children and adolescents challenging, and they can have varying reactions to their young clients. For example, some counselors may become emotionally attached to a child or adolescent, particularly if the child or adolescent is extremely vulnerable or emotionally fractured. Being emotionally attached may potentially obscure the counselor’s objectivity. Other counselors may feel disconnected or angry toward their young clients if the child or adolescent is aggressive, attempts to anger the counselor, or refuses to cooperate during counseling. Sometimes it is just very difficult to understand a child’s or adolescent’s perspective on an issue. It is important that counselors are aware of their potential reactions toward a child or adolescent whom they counsel and recognize their strengths and limitations when counseling this population.

For this Discussion review the media Introduction to Child and Adolescent Counseling, and consider your strengths and limitations related to working with children and adolescents. Think about how your strengths and limitations may or may not impact the counseling process.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the population and one child or adolescent issue with which you might be interested in working and explain why. Then, describe one strength you possess that may contribute to your effectiveness as a counselor and one limitation you may need to address and explain why. Finally, explain why it is important for you to consider your strengths and limitations before working with this population. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your points.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Required Resources

Learning Resources

Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media player below.

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Course Introduction (located in the navigation bar to the left)

Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015). Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents: A guide for clinical and school settings. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

· Chapter 1 “Conceptualizing DSM-5 Disorders in Children and Adolescents”

· Chapter 2 “Effective Strategies for Assessing DSM-5 Disorders”

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). Tough kids, cool counseling: User-friendly approaches with challenging youth(2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

· Chapter 1, “Adventures in Child and Adolescent Counseling”

Document: Final Project Case Study


Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). Child and adolescent counseling [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

“Introduction to Child and Adolescent Counseling” (approximately 1 minute)

Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). Getting Started [Interactive media]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu


Optional Resources

Fitzpatrick, M. R., & Irannejad, S. (2008). Adolescent readiness for change and the working alliance in counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development86(4), 438–445.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Tsai, M-H. & Ray, D. C. (2011). Children in therapy: Learning from evaluation of university-based community counseling clinical services. Children and Youth Services Review33(6), 901–909.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Van Velsor, P. (2004). Revisiting basic counseling skills with children. Journal of Counseling & Development82(3), 313-318.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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