Imagine you are asked to complete a clinical intake for a 36-year-old Hispanic mother of one child. She reports that she has recently identified as lesbian and that her coming out process has caused friction between herself and her parents. She reports feeling ongoing anxiety about her future. Her anxiety has been present for the majority of her adult life for which she has experienced ongoing panic, feelings of dread, sweaty palms, and tightening in her chest. While she has experienced these episodes in the past, they have increased in the last 6 months since she has come out to her family. She has occasionally used THC to cope wither anxiety. Discuss your approach to assessment and treatment planning. What are some of the critical pieces of information to gather during the assessment process? Would you gather information from other professionals? If so, who would you contact? What are the key areas of focus for your treatment plan? Who would you include in treatment? Finally, what are some stigmas that women in mental health/ substance use treatment may experience? What credentials are you interested in obtaining? How would these certifications help you? What are the websites for the information about these credentials?
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