Student: Marshal Tokunaga

Writing Assignment Used for This Interview


Cross System Case Analysis

Learning objective of the assignment: This assignment is designed to challenge students to think critically and logically regarding case conceptualization with individuals, families and groups. Students are challenged to “connect-the-dots” between the client’s assessed problems, current strengths, service goals, and potential treatment options.

Description of assignment: There will be three Cross System Case Analysis (CSCA) papers submitted over the course of the semester. Each will be five pages long covering a topic directly related to the case vignette provided by the instructor. In the first CSCA, students will identify a client problem/issue and a possible intervention appropriate at the individual level. In the second CSCA, students will identify a client problem/issue and a possible intervention appropriate at the family level. In the third CSCA, students will identify a client problem/issue and a possible intervention appropriate for the group level. It is critical that the proposed intervention be suitable to the client problem and account for client strengths.

The paper should include the critical analysis of the following elements:

  • Why the identified problem should be a focus of intervention; what would be the benefits or desired results of successful intervention.
  • Why the identified form of intervention (individual, group, or family) would be most appropriate or beneficial to the client in addressing the problem.
  • Assuming the intervention is successful, what other areas/systems of the client’s life would be impacted by the intervention; and in what way(s).

Your paper should be no more or less than 5 pages (typed, double-spaced), and should be properly referenced using APA style. Students may use no more than one reading from those assigned by the instructor and must also include at least three other scholarly resources for each of the three papers.

There is a mandatory peer review required for each of the Cross System Case Analysis assignments. The peer review will occur one week prior to the due date. Students should be prepared to present their draft in a small group format. The draft must be type written and appropriately formatted according to assigned specifications. Students will have the remaining week between the peer review and the paper due date to make any changes.

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