Adolescent Case Program Transcript

INTRODUCTION

Warning: The following scenario discusses depression and suicide. It can be emotionally triggering. The scenario lasts 8–11 minutes. If you need to exit the scenario, please stop at any time. You are preparing to meet with a high school student who has abruptly started skipping classes and failing assignments. A friend of the student recently committed suicide, which may be the cause of her disengagement. The parent and school administration have agreed the student will leave early today to attend counseling. You are waiting for her to arrive.

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YOUR OFFICE

(You are seated behind your desk facing your closed office door. There is a knock on the door, it opens, and your client enters your office.)

CLAIRE: Hi, I’m here for my appointment. I’m Claire. (closes door)

(Your client is seated on the couch with her arms crossed and looking toward the ground.)

o Click here to continue to Decision Point 1.

 

 

 

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DECISION POINT 1 First, assess your client’s body language; something you should be doing constantly. What do you interpret?

1. YOUR RESPONSE: She doesn’t want to be here. RESPONSE OPTION 1 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 1 -OR-

2. YOUR RESPONSE: She looks uncomfortable. RESPONSE OPTION 2 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 1 RESPONSE 1 – FEEDBACK

• Right. There are lots of ways to interpret body language. Make sure you are doing these kinds of mental checks often.

o Click here to continue to Decision Point 2. RESPONSE 2 – FEEDBACK

• Right. There are lots of ways to interpret body language. Make sure you are doing these kinds of mental checks often.

o Click here to continue to Decision Point 2.

 

 

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DECISION POINT 2 How do you begin the session?

1. YOUR RESPONSE: Ask about her day. RESPONSE OPTION 1 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 2 -OR-

2. YOUR RESPONSE: Let her know this space is safe and confidential. RESPONSE OPTION 2 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 2 RESPONSE 1 – FEEDBACK

• Starting with small talk works, but before asking what’s going on, make sure she knows that this space is safe and confidential, unless she mentions hurting herself or others.

o Click here to let her know this space is safe and confidential. RESPONSE 2 – FEEDBACK

CLAIRE: So, you can’t tell anyone about this? (shakes head as though she’s confused) OK.

• Right. There are lots of ways to interpret body language. Make sure you are doing these kinds of mental checks often.

o Click here to continue to Decision Point 3.

 

 

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DECISION POINT 3 How do you proceed?

1. YOUR RESPONSE: Tell her that her parents are worried about her. RESPONSE OPTION 1 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 3 -OR-

2. YOUR RESPONSE: Ask her about problems at school. RESPONSE OPTION 2 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 3 -OR-

3. YOUR REPONSE: Ask her why she’s here. RESPONSE OPTION 3 – CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE THIS RESPONSE FOR DECISION POINT 3 RESPONSE 1 – FEEDBACK

CLAIRE: (sarcastically) Sorry! o Click here to ask her why she is here.

RESPONSE 2 – FEEDBACK

CLAIRE: (defiantly) What problems? o Click here to ask her why she is here.

RESPONSE 3 – FEEDBACK

CLAIRE: My dad said I had to. (shakes head) It really sucks. Like, I didn’t choose to be here.

o Click here to continue to Decision Point 4.

 

 

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