Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment Instructions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child
and Adolescent Counseling Assignment Instructions
As the
culminating benchmark assignment for this course, you will integrate learning
from all course modules/weeks. Each component within the benchmark will be
specific to the chapters and concepts discussed in course readings. This will take considerable time; plan ahead
and work on this assignment throughout the course. INSTRUCTIONS
You are
required to purchase LiveText for this course and for completion of this
program, since LiveText access is required for all classes in the program.
LiveText is a one-time purchase. This is not optional. This assignment is due
in Module 7/Week 7, so make sure you have purchased LiveText prior to Module
7/Week 7. This assignment is submitted in LiveText AND Canvas.
First, you will write a paper in response to
the components listed below in APA format (Professional Version)
with in-text citations and reference page. An abstract is not necessary. Each
of the components listed below will serve as your Level 1 headings. You may use
Level 2 headings or separate paragraphs for each of the prompts/questions
within each component. There is no page requirement but you will need to be
comprehensive in your responses and descriptions. It is important to read
the Grading Rubric for this assignment before beginning the assignment for an
understanding of the grading and points. This assignment is worth 250 points. The
written paper is due in Canvas by Sunday in week 7 at11:59 pm EST. Your
assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
For the
LiveText submission,
you will cut and paste the components in your written Word document into each component
section of the template provided in LiveText. Do not attach the benchmark as a file in LiveText; it will not be
accepted as a file attachment. You may cut and paste your reference page into
the component 7 section in the template. You must attach any additional
required documents within each section – see the paper clip to attach. If you
do not attach the additional documents, your submission will be returned in
LiveText by your instructor. Component #1: Developmental Considerations in
1) Consider the following case study:
Larissa is a 14‐year‐old who was born in Mexico but has lived legally in the
United States for the last 5 years. She asked to speak to the school counselor
because she and her parents have been experiencing more conflict lately because
she wants to do more with her friends, especially on weekends, and her parents
want her to attend family functions with them. They say she can have her friends
come to her house, but she is reluctant to invite them because her parents
don’t speak much English. She says she wants to be respectful of her parents
but thinks they don’t understand what it is like for her. As
the counselor, what developmental and
cultural factors are relevant to this
case? How would you incorporate these factors into your counseling approach
with this client? 2)
Describe three major
changes for each stage of development: early childhood, middle childhood, early
adolescence and mid-adolescence. Cite developmental theories and address any of
these areas – self, social, emotional, and cognitive. 3) Discuss three resiliency traits
that positively impact student learning and development and their relationship
to Social Emotional Learning core competencies. Component #2: Individual Counseling Process
Discuss the stages of the individual counseling process according to Vernon
& Schimmel (Chapter 2) when working with hypothetical student Nancy, a
12-year-old adolescent who was recently adopted from the foster care system and
is having difficulties with her new younger siblings. Also, identify community
opportunities/resources that might enhance her transition to a new home. 2) How would you explain
counseling in lay terms, to meet the needs of individuals with a varied range
of cognitive, emotional, or social developmental levels? What considerations
might you take when explaining counseling to an individual from another
culture, whose first language is different from your own? Why is it important
to explain counseling to your students? (see ASCA Ethical Standards for School
Counselors, ASCA, 2016)
3) Discuss termination issues related to counseling
children and adolescents, citing at least six strategies that can potentially
help both counselor and student to end the counseling relationship
appropriately. * Attach an informed consent form
that a school counselor would use in the school in counseling children and
Component #3: Ethical Considerations and
Theoretical Approaches
What theoretical orientation(s) will you primarily use when counseling students
and why? Describe some key concepts and techniques that you will use associated
with those theories. Identify how you considered culture in your theoretical
orientation choices. How would you approach issues of worldview and faith in
your counseling sessions with a student in a secular counseling school setting?
(Use at least one article identified in this course to support your actions
with regard to addressing spirituality and other multicultural issues.)
What are the legal and ethical concerns when working with a 7-year-old minor student
who was referred for counseling by his or her teacher? When would you have to breach
confidentiality and what obligations do you have to your young student with
regard to privacy? Will you contact the student’s parent? When is a referral to
outside resources warranted? Specifically
cite applicable ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors (ASCA, 2016).
Describe one creative approach you would use with students in your school
(play therapy, expressive/art therapy,
sand tray therapy, etc.). · Component
#4: Multicultural Counseling and Transition Programming
1) How will you develop your
awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding counseling diverse youth? Discuss 2
multicultural competencies in relation to student learning and development,
diversity, culture, and spiritual/religious beliefs.
2) Discuss 3 culturally appropriate
counseling interventions that have been proven effective when working with
children and adolescents from diverse cultures.
3) Transition programming can be an
effective part of the school counseling program. Give 3 scenarios where
transition programming would be beneficial for students and explain why. *Attach your Honoring Diversity and
Transitions Presentation in this component in LiveText. Component #5: Counseling At-Risk
1) Define the 4-step framework for
working with at-risk children and adolescents presented in Chapter 11 of Vernon
& Schimmel (2019), and then discuss two types of interventions you would
utilize when intervening in the following problems faced by children and
adolescents at risk:
a) Substance
abuse & addiction
b) Depressive
anxiety disorders 2) Crisis Planning and Management
o What is the purpose and importance of a
crisis management plan? What type of information is found in a crisis
management plan?
o What is a crisis management team? Which
individuals typically comprise the crisis management team? What is the school
counselor’s role on the crisis management team? o What counseling methods or techniques
would be helpful for students who experience a traumatic event? What are the
three tiers of crisis postvention?
Describe two evidence-based suicide prevention programs that a professional
school counselor might use in their work with students. Why it is important to
have suicide prevention programs in schools and who should be involved? Component #6: Writing
grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling should be used
throughout the benchmark. All answers should be written in complete sentences.
Do you use bullet points or listing.
Component #7: Scholarly Writing The
benchmark should include at least 3
peer-reviewed journal articles to support your suppositions in addition to the required course readings.
Current APA format should be used throughout the benchmark, including the
proper use of in-text citations and references. This assignment is
due in LiveText by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7

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