Discuss the important elements of an initial assessment of a client.

1.Initial Assessment

Discuss the important elements of an initial assessment of a client. What are some questions you want to be sure to ask? Discuss how your favorite theory or theories of counseling influence the content of your initial assessment and the way you use the acquired information for goal setting and treatment planning.

2. Treatment Planning

How well did you do in constructing an effective treatment plan in your skills? What else do you need to know about treatment planning? What other skills do one might need to develop to be able to create effective treatment plans in collaboration with clients?

Autism and Asperger’s Disorders – One or Two Categories?

The most common pervasive developmental disorders tend to fall into one of two categories: autism disorder and Asperger’s disorder.

Watch the fifteen-minute online video Autism’s Causes: How Close Are We to Solving the Puzzle on autism, which was aired on the PBS NewsHour’s show on April 20, 2011. You may also opt to read the transcript or listen to the audio available on the same web page.

Review the information presented in the video and complete the required readings for this week. Submit a 3- to 4-page paper and respond to the following:

  • Take a position on the current debate about whether Asperger’s disorder is a type of autism? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) moved Asperger’s disorder into the autism category and addressed it as a mild form of autism. There are many critics of this change to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) which placed the two diagnoses in separate categories, indicating that Asperger’s disorder is not a form of autism (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
    • Should Asperger’s have been labeled as a high-functioning (mild) form of autism, or should it have remained in its own category as a disorder separate from autism? Support your decision with information from academic sources.
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