Guide for the Written Case Study and Treatment Plan Assignment
The following is an overview of the written case study and treatment plan assignment. The case
study format has been in use going back to the earliest days of the fields of psychology and counseling
and has its origins in medicine. Case studies can be an effective way of communicating clinical
information for the purposes of training, consultation, and supervision. Do not include case notes or
lengthy verbatim quotes from sessions in this assignment. Make every effort to guard client
confidentiality by disguising personally identifiable information (e.g., use a pseudonym or assigned
initials, use age rather than stating date of birth, generally describe the client’s school or employer
rather than naming it specifically, etc.). Ongoing cases are preferred over terminated cases. Do not
submit a case about which you have previously written and do not use the same case as your in-class
Oral Case Presentation this trimester, unless the size of your caseload makes this prohibitive.
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