Many assessment principles are the same for children and adults; however, unlike with adults/older adults, where consent for participation in the assessment comes from the actual client, with children, it is the parents or guardians who must decide for treatment. Issues of confidentiality, privacy, and consent must be addressed. When working with children, it is essential to be able to connect with the pediatric patient and be able to collaborate effectively with the caregivers, other family members, teachers, and school counselors/psychologists. All of them will be able to provide important context and details to aid in your assessment and treatment plans.
Some children/adolescents may be more challenging to assess than adults, as they can be less psychologically minded. They have fewer insights into themselves and their motivations than adults (although this is not universally true). The PMHNP must also consider the child’s culture and environmental context. Additionally, with children/adolescents, there are lower rates of neurocognitive disorders superimposed on other clinical conditions, such as depression or anxiety, which create additional diagnostic challenges.
In this Discussion, you review and critique the techniques and methods of a mental health professional as the practitioner completes a comprehensive, integrated psychiatric assessment of an adolescent. You also identify rating scales and treatment options that are specifically appropriate for children/adolescents.
Review the Learning Resources and consider their insights on comprehensive, integrated psychiatric assessment. Watch the Mental Status Examination B-6 and Simulation Scenario-Adolescent Risk Assessment videos.
Watch the YMH Boston Vignette 5 video and take notes; you will use this video as the basis for your Discussion post.
By Day 3 of Week 1
Based on the YMH Boston Vignette 5 video, post answers to the following questions:
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