Week #3 Announcement
Greetings in the Name of Christ!
This week we will be focusing on the very important topic of mood disorders.
Assignments : Here are the assignments for Week #3.
1. Review the Study Guide for Exam 1
2. DVD Module 8
3. DSM 345-428
4. Read 4 Notes
5. Textbook: Maddux & Winstead: chapter 9
6. GDB 3A and GDB 3B. Make sure you watch the DVD Presentation and complete the readings and the notes before posting. GDB 3B will be a posting based on your Interview. Due by 11:59 Thursday (ET).
7. Respond to GDB 3A and GDB 3B Due by 11:59 Sunday (ET)
Additional Recommended Activities:
1. Research paper: At this point, you should be collecting articles for your research paper and entering the references into Microsoft Word’s “References.” Make sure you print out the Bibliography as you go along to make sure your references were entered correctly. Your research paper is due in 3 weeks. Remember that you must properly cite all sources you are quoting or paraphrasing.
2. Interview: You will need to post your interview for GDB 3B.
Applications: Depression brings with it the possibility of suicidal ideation. This is one of the most difficult problems you will encounter in private practice. There are some tools that enable us to assess for suicide risk (such as the “Suicide Probability Scale”) but it is extremely difficult to predict whether or not an individual will attempt suicide.
Personally, I have been involved in two cases (over 35 years) that resulted in suicide. One of them occurred during my internship at the VA Hospital. I diagnosed a man as being suicidal and reported this to my supervisor. The supervisor alerted the psychiatrist, but the psychiatrist decided to release him from the hospital (against our advice). Unfortunately, the man ended up killing himself.
The second case involved a man who was a stock car racer. He came to my office in a wheel chair. He told me that he was going to Miami to see if someone there could help him learn to walk again. He stated, very calmly, that if that didn’t work out, he was going to kill himself. I broke confidentiality and told his wife what he had said. Unfortunately, since the threat was not “clear and imminent” there was nothing more I could do at the time. He did not return to my office. About one month later, his wife called to tell me that he had, indeed, killed himself.
In general, it is better to error on the side of caution when someone reports suicidal ideation and/or plans. If you have not already received training in this area, you should seek out additional guidance before commencing your counseling career.