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    Treatment plans is an essential skill for mental health

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    This solution will cover the development of an individualized treatment plan. It begins with how to differentiate between a diagnosis and a problem. It explains how to identify and prioritize client problems. Goals are defined, and examples of goals are given. Instructions are given for developing specific behavioral objectives for each goal, and for specifying what interventions will be conducted by the treatment provider. Evidence based practices are discussed.

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    Mental health professionals design individualized treatment plans for their clients to map out the course of treatment. When the client is capable, he or she should be involved in the development of the treatment plan. Hospitals, clinics, private practitioners, and managed care organizations have different formats for treatment plans, but the basic components are universal.

    Evidence based practice: Most professions require that treatment is based on research. When planning treatment, it is necessary to know what usually works best for similar cases. A practitioner is faced with an unusual case is wise to search professional journals for the treatments that have been shown to be most effective. This increases the probability that treatment will be successful and decreases liability for treatment that is not successful.

    Identifying problems: Although a client may have a diagnosis, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse, not all clients experience the same problems associated with their diagnosis. Problems reflect the troubling experiences of a specific client. A client who has anxiety, for instance, may have problems such as,

    "Perfectionistic to the point of being unable to complete ...

    Solution Summary

    Effective mental health treatment is guided by research and structured by written treatment plans. Treatment plans include a clearly stated problem, goals that are achieveable, and specific expectations of clients and mental health treatment providers. Documentation of progress is based upon the treatment plan, and at the tie of discharge, success is measured by attainment of treatment goals. This document provides an overview of the steps for planning mental health treatment.