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You are required to watch the film “Thirteen” and imagine that you are conducting a
biopsychosocial (intake) assessment with the main character “Tracy.” You will then provide a written report demonstrating your ability to digest client information into a concise and logical conceptualization. In terms of my evaluation, I will focus on two things: 1) the ability to tell a story that includes the relevant information leading to a “climax” (i.e., diagnosis and conceptualization) and 2) your ability to develop a comprehensive explanation for the client’s issues and develop a plan for the future (i.e., the conceptualization/formulation). To meet these goals, imagine that the movie represents all of the information you gained in a single interview/meeting with Tracy. However, you do maintain some creative license and can feel free to add information that is not explicitly stated (as long as the story makes sense). For example, we do not know what Tracy’s Dad does for a living, but maybe you have decided that he is a pharmaceutical sales rep. However, suggesting that Tracy has a twin sister who was sent to live in Arkansas because she has schizophrenia just complicates things and is unnecessary. You will turn in a comprehensive biopsychosocial/intake report with appropriate headings. The focus of the report will be on your ability to develop a logical conceptualization of the client’s problems, including a clear “plan of action” and a DSM 5 diagnosis. Use the handout ( sample report sub headings ) provided in class as a guide for how you will format your report and orient your formulation using the system taught in class ( Exercise 1: Writing Diagnostic, clinical, and treatment formulations – “Mark” ). Keep in mind, that this is “t-ball level” and I do not want
you to focus on specific theories and treatments at this point. Simply highlight the relevant factors to assist our understanding of Tracy and suggest some ways to help her. We will engage specific theories and techniques during the culminating project at the end of this course. Recall that this is the theories course, not psychopathology; thus, I care more about your ability to digest the information and develop a cogent story then whether the diagnosis is correct. As always, all written work should highlight formality appropriate to graduate level work (e.g.,excellent grammar, concise language, no typos, etc). The document should be typed, double spaced and proofread.

Thirteen (the movie)