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Paranoid Schizophrenia Case Review

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The treatment of forensic populations, as with any clinical population, must be tailored to the individuals as well as to their mental illness. There are specific treatment protocols for particular mental illnesses that need to be paired with individuals based on the unique traits of the individuals, and augmented with particular treatment approaches based on the needs of the individuals. Forensic psychology professionals are required to treat a wide variety of mental illnesses ranging from serious personality disorders and psychotic conditions to suicidal and parasuicidal behaviors. In order to treat mentally ill offenders effectively, the forensic treatment professional needs to have a thorough understanding of basic mental health disorders and treatments as well as a solid working knowledge of the forensic setting and system.

Think about the type of offender described in the case you his or her history, and his or her mental illness.

Select a treatment approach that you think would best address the mental illness of the offender you selected and think about why you selected this case study.

a sentence that identifies and briefly denotes the case you selected, along with the mental illness exhibited by the offender. Then identify and describe the treatment approach you selected that would be effective with this mentally ill offender. Finally, explain why you selected this approach. Be specific.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in tackling the task of discussing treatment protocols for a specific case. I suggest making it simple using this outline:

1. Case Overview
2. Offender comments - 100 words
3. Treatment protocols - 100 words
4. Reasons - 100 words

This outline should yield around 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Case Treatment Review: Stan - Paranoid Schizophrenic

Stan, 25 has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was arrested for destroying government property. Whereby he threw bricks at a parked police car declaring that the car was recording his behavior and "keeping track of his thoughts." The court decided to keep Stan in his community with a sentence of a period of probation under the care of a mental health expert.

The Paranoid ...

Solution Summary

The solution looks at the case of a paranoid schizophrenic to suggest a treatment approach. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Case Review: Malingering

•Review the case study taking note of ethical issues in the case.

Case Study
As the forensic psychology professional conducting an evaluation for the Court on an individual with a referral question of "insanity," you have obtained the following information:
He is a 24-year-old black, male who is charged with child sexual abuse. His mother is a known prostitute who is addicted to crack cocaine. The defendant has a previous diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and you concur with the diagnosis. However, your evaluation brings you to the conclusion that, although he has a severe mental disease (i.e. paranoid schizophrenia) at the time he allegedly molested an eight-year-old male neighbor, he understood what he was doing and that it was wrong, both morally and legally. You also learn the defendant has hepatitis C, and he admits to previously molesting per-pubescent boys. On a test for malingering where he is asked to remember the following and shown the items for 10 seconds and then reproduce it in writing:
6 7 8 9
g b c d
The defendant states he is unable to remember any of the items. You know that even the most impaired individuals can remember nine of the 16 items. Scores below nine indicate feigning memory issues. The defendant demonstrates a consistent pattern of malingering on his test results and with his behavior. You over-hear him discussing during a phone call that he is doing a "good job" of "fooling these doctors." You also suspect, given your extensive evaluation, that, if released, he will predate (be a predator) prey on future pre-pubescent males. You find out that he has two younger brothers, one of which you learn was sexually molested while in a foster home.

describe the ethical dilemmas that you chose from case study.
•Explain what information you might include/exclude in your report or testimony and the reasoning behind why you chose to include/exclude particular information.
•Explain which ethical code and guidelines you might you be violating or might be in question given the information that you included in the report or testimony. Be sure to cite specific codes and guidelines.
•Explain the implications/consequences of the information that you divulge in your report or testimony.
•Share an insight(s) or draw a conclusion(s) about report writing and testimony in Forensic Psychology settings

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