Treatment Plan Guidelines


As you work with treatment planning concepts for individual cases, please use the following guidelines.

I. Identify a list of problems reported to you by the client and/or caregiver(s).

II. As you are able, identify the primary psychiatric diagnoses you believe may be present and may need to be addressed (Note: In each problem-based chapter of the Erk text, DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for specific problems are listed. Please also refer to the DSM-5 diagnostic update documents provided.).

III. Based on these problems, describe the counseling goals in the most measurable way possible (e.g., How will you and the client be able to recognize that the problem has reduced or the goal has been partially or completely been met?).

IV. Identify the level of care needed to address the presenting problem(s). This could include:

a. Inpatient

b. Residential treatment

c. Partial hospitalization

d. Intensive outpatient counseling

e. Outpatient counseling

V. Based on counseling research and evidence, select a treatment modality—individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, or a combination of these. (Note: In the Erk text, there is a section in each problem-based chapter on evidence-based treatments or treatment outcomes that you can use to help guide your recommendations for treatment).

VI. Identify and describe how you will tailor the treatment to the client’s unique individual and cultural background.