PSY380: Counselling and Behavior Change


Week 1 – Discussion

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

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Prior to beginning work on this assignment, please read the Kessler and Alverson (2013) “Influence of Lifestyle, Health Behavior, and Health Indices on the Health Status of Underserved Adults  download” article.

For this discussion, you will assume the role of a health and wellness professional working in the setting you identified in the “Post Your Introduction” initial post. In this role, you will create a client record for a fictitious person with one of these major health issues:  alcohol dependency, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, stress, or a chronic disease.  Include the required elements in your client record. 

Name, Photo, and Demographic Information: Include your client’s age, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, occupation, sexual orientation, language, religious orientations, and location of residence (country, state, and region).

Symptoms and Diagnosis: List the client’s medical diagnosis, major health risks, and any cognitive, behavioral, or physiological symptoms. List the client’s presenting problem (e.g., lack of physical activity, poor diet, negative coping skills), and any cognitive, behavioral, or physiological symptoms.

Psychosocial Factors: Describe the client’s personal and cultural background including family history, mental health disorders, substance related issues, previous treatments and beliefs systems related to culture. Assess how these factors have influenced the client’s health and wellness.

Special Considerations: List any physical, social and/or economic barriers that the client may have. This may include allergies, dietary needs, or restrictions.

Assessment: Describe the client’s current knowledge about his/her condition and level or conviction and confidence towards changing the targeted behaviors.

Guided Response: Assume the professional role you identified in the “Post Your Introduction” discussion and generate 3-5 questions you have based on the information provided in the client record.  Be sure to also respond to any questions posed by your peers.

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