Wk1 Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Np 6665
NRNP 6665- Open Discussion wk1
Many assessment principles are the same for children and adults; however, unlike with adults/older adults,
where consent for participation in the assessment comes from the actual client, with children it is the parents or
guardians who must make the decision for treatment. Issues of confidentiality, privacy, and consent must be
addressed. When working with children, it is not only important to be able to connect with the pediatric patient,
but also to be able to collaborate effectively with the caregivers, other family members, teachers, and school
counselors/psychologists, all of whom will be able to provide important context and details to aid in your
assessment and treatment plans.
Some children/adolescents may be more difficult to assess than adults, as they can be less psychologically
minded. That is, they have less insights into themselves and their motivations than adults (although this is not
universally true). The PMHNP must also take into consideration the child’s culture and environmental context.
Additionally, with children/adolescents, there are lower rates of neurocognitive disorders superimposed on other
clinical conditions, such as depression or anxiety, which create additional diagnostic challenges.
In this Discussion, you review and critique the techniques and methods of a mental health professional as the
practitioner completes a comprehensive, integrated psychiatric assessment of an adolescent. You also identify
rating scales and treatment options that are specifically appropriate for children/adolescents.
THE DISCUSSION. In about 3-4 pages.
To Prepare/ RUBRIC
· Review the Learning Resources and consider the insights they provide on comprehensive, integrated
psychiatric assessment. Watch the Mental Status Examination B-6 and Simulation Scenario-Adolescent Risk