The Case of Charlie

Refer to the Case of Charlie (page 393) in this week’s reading. In the given sample treatment plan, first choose one “Signs and Symptoms” (page 405). Next, from the list, choose one long-term goal, one short-term goal, and 2-3 therapeutic interventions. Provide a cohesive explanation on how the interventions you chose will help meet the goals.

Signs and Symptoms – Aggression to People or Animals
Long-term goal – # 5 Express anger through appropriate verbalizations and healthy physical outlets on a consistent basis.

Short-term goal – # 11 Increase the time spent with parents in leisure and school activities.
Therapeutic Interventions – The practitioner will encourage the parents to provide frequent praise and positive reinforcement for the client’s positive social behaviors and good impulse control, and the practitioner will design and implement a token economy to increase the client’s positive social behaviors and deter impulsive, acting-out behaviors.

Explanation – As a therapist, I would help Charlie decrease his aggression. A short term goal may involve setting up a physical activity, such as swimming, to help Charlie release his feelings in an appropriate way. I would pair that intervention with helping Charlie learn how to express his feelings with words. Also, I would work with his parents to provide praise every time Charlie demonstrated appropriate behaviors. Together, we would come up with a reward system the parents can utilize at home, such as receiving stickers for good behavior. Charlie can then collect those stickers to earn a new toy.

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