Homicide Intervention Case Study

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COU 680 Week Seven Case Study:

Will Will is a 34-year-old biracial (Caucasian and Hispanic) male who you have been seeing for about a month. Will first came to see you to address the problems in his relationship with his husband, James— most specifically his feelings of jealousy and anger, which he believed were creating a wedge between them. Today, Will has booked an emergency session with you after discovering that James is actually having an affair with his boss. Will is presenting as highly agitated and is unable to sit still, popping up frequently and pacing the room. He vacillates between anger at James, anger at himself, and severe sadness at the thought of losing James—becoming tearful and curling into a ball on the floor. He states that he is “losing [his] mind with anger” and wants to go to the address he found to confront James and his boss.

History Will and James have had a tumultuous history. They dated off and on for roughly three years before ultimately deciding to get married. Almost every breakup stemmed from Will’s jealousy and fear that James was being unfaithful to him. During this time, James always denied cheating and cheating could never be verified. After several months apart, the two would ultimately reconcile with the promise that Will would seek help for his jealousy and past relational experiences that were creating the mistrust. After the last breakup, Will agreed to get into counseling to work on these issues and did for a short period of time. Things smoothed out with him and James, and after nine months of a healthy relationship, they decided to get married. According to Will, the marriage has been largely healthy and happy. However, he noticed this was starting to change a couple of months ago: James was having to work more and more, which left little time for them together and had been triggering Will’s fears. In an attempt to be proactive about his jealousy, he decided to come back to counseling and has been working on healthy communication strategies up to this point. He denies any physical violence with James in the past, although he acknowledges that they are both emotionally and verbally abusive in fights. He also states that he feels “out of control” at the idea of losing James. Today, Will discovered the affair by accident. He was unable to locate his phone and used his iPad’s “Find my Phone” feature to track it down. What he found, instead, was the location of James’s phone, which was linked to the iPad feature and showed an address that was not James’s office. After researching the address, Will discovered it was the address of James’s new boss. Will immediately began searching through social media and discovered the affair.

Developmental Considerations Will was raised by a single mother who showed him inconsistent attention as a child and who was regularly in and out of the home. As a result, Will was frequently left in the care of his maternal grandmother. They had a close relationship, and Will reports seeing her as the “real mother figure” in his life. However, she passed away suddenly when Will was 20 years old. This impacted him greatly and is a loss he reports he has never really gotten over.

Relational Considerations Will describes being cheated on in all of his past relationships and feeling “abandoned” as a result. He states that he grew angry over time and came to see cheating as an expectation of any relationship. As a result, he often pushed his partners away through angry and jealous outbursts or by cheating first. He claims that it was not until he met James that he believed someone could truly love him and accept him.

Multicultural Considerations Will came out as gay when he was 12 years old. He reports that his mother often ridiculed him for this, but he felt safety and comfort in his grandmother’s acceptance of him. Will notes that he did not have any intimate relationships until the end of high school, as he felt too afraid to put himself out there and was fearful that he would not be accepted. Will further acknowledges some identity issues related to his biracial heritage. He was raised by his Hispanic mother and grandmother, but never knew his Caucasian father. He states that he predominantly identifies as Hispanic and was raised in this culture, but he “looks white.” He reports that he hasn’t been sure of who he is as a “Hispanic, white, gay man,” which has caused him a great deal of insecurity.

Diagnosis Will is coming in during a state of crisis where he is driven by his emotional reactions rather than reason. While his symptoms may dissipate and be reflective of a typical grief or bereavement process, his current presentation is consistent with symptom of adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Washington, DC: Author.

COU 680 Week Seven Assessment Paper Guidelines and Rubric Homicide Assessment and Risk Factors

Overview: Selection of appropriate resources and assessments for clients who have experienced trauma or crisis involves consideration of biological, developmental, cultural, and spiritual factors. Your success in treating these clients will depend heavily on a comprehensive assessment of these factors and on matching an appropriate assessment to the client crisis or trauma experience and to the individual needs of your client. The first final project for this course is the creation of a trauma toolbox consisting of resources selected from counseling literature that you will use to support clients who experience symptoms of crisis and trauma. You will review different case studies throughout the course that will introduce you to how to work with different types of clients. This assignment represents the fifth of the case studies. In this assignment, you will identify a homicide assessment or set of risk factors that can be used to evaluate potential homicidal intent. Note: You will also submit this assignment to your ePortfolio as part of your final project trauma toolbox in Week Nine. After receiving feedback, you will upload the paper, including tracked changes that show any revisions or corrections you made, for your final toolbox submission. This is required in order to receive credit for the final project. Prompt: Review the Week Seven Case Study Will document, and then address the following. Be sure to support your responses with research.

 You should NOT use any of the provided weekly resources or the LAPC Model (except in Week Four) for your selected assessment. Instead, please use empirical research to locate an appropriate assessment or set of risk factors specific to the case study. You may use articles from the Mental Health Counseling Guide or from other sources, as long as the assessment is grounded in research. Write a paper that includes the following:

 Provide a brief description of the assessment including: (1) to whom it can be applied (2) under what circumstances it can be applied (3) any limitations to the assessment that should be considered

 Provide rationale for choosing the selected approach for the case study.

 Include an explanation for why selecting that assessment will help your work with the selected case study client, and provide appropriate support.

 Describe how the assessment can be used in future work when supporting the treatment approaches for clients.

 Provide a link to the assessment within the body of the paper (or upload the PDF) so your instructor can easily identify and reference it. Ensure the link is active and accessible for review by your instructor. Note: If your selected assessment is not accessible, your submission will be returned to you.http://libguides.snhu.edu/counselinghttp://libguides.snhu.edu/counseling

 Add the assessment to your ePortfolio. Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: This short paper should follow the Intervention Paper Template. It should be 2 to 4 pages in length with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. All references should be cited in APA format. Critical Elements Excellent (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Empirically Validated

Selects empirically validated assessment

Does not select empirically validated assessment


Description Meets “Proficient” criteria, and description is detailed and demonstrates exceptional insight or analysis

Briefly describes assessment and includes to whom it can be applied, under what circumstances, and any limitations

Briefly describes assessment, but description contains gaps or inaccuracies or lacks detail

Does not describe assessment 18.75

Rationale Meets “Proficient” criteria, and rationale is detailed and demonstrates exceptional insight or analysis substantiated by learning and scholarly resources

Provides rationale for selecting the assessment and reflects the appropriateness of fit to the selected case study

Provides rationale for selecting the assessment, but rationale contains gaps or inaccuracies or lacks detail, or the assessment is not appropriate to the selected case study

Does not provide rationale for selecting the assessment


Explanation of Support

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and explanation is detailed and demonstrates exceptional insight or analysis substantiated by learning and scholarly resources

Explains how the selected assessment will provide appropriate support to the case study client

Explains how the selected assessment will provide appropriate support to the case study client, but explanation contains gaps or inaccuracies or lacks detail

Does not explain how the selected assessment will provide appropriate support to client


Future Application

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and description of future application is detailed and demonstrates exceptional insight or analysis

Describes how the assessment can be used in future work when supporting the treatment approaches for clients

Describes how the assessment can be used in future work when supporting the treatment approaches for clients, but description contains gaps or inaccuracies or lacks detail

Does not describe how the assessment can be used in future work when supporting the treatment approaches for clients


Link to or PDF of Resource

Provides an active link to or PDF of the assessment

Does not provide an active link to or PDF of the assessment, or assessment is not accessible


Critical Elements Excellent (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Articulation of Response

Submission has no major errors related to grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has some errors related to grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization but they are minimal and do not negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has major errors related to grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors related to grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas


Total 100%


[Note: To complete this template, replace the bracketed text with your own content. Remove this note before you submit your paper.]

Intervention Paper: Case Study of [Topic]

[Your Name]

Running head: CASE STUDY OF [TOPIC] 1

Southern New Hampshire University

Description of Intervention

[Include in this section a brief overview of the intervention you have selected, based on how it was described in the article. Please do not copy and paste the description from the article—use your own words. Think of this like you are explaining it to your best friend. What does it do, how do you do it, and to whom would it apply? You also want to make sure you are looking for any limitations to the intervention noted in the article or important to consider. Most journal articles will have a limitations section or speak to any considerations you might want to think about before applying it. Others may not have this concretely stated, so you will need to do some analysis and consider to whom the intervention might not be applicable and why. A couple of limitations you are likely to see are that they are relatively new and untested or that they only apply to a specific group of people. Those are great things to consider when selecting an intervention and part of what I want you to get savvy at looking for.]


[This section should center on why you have chosen this intervention for the case study. Why is it appropriate to the specific client? You want to use the details of the case study to help you justify the approach based on factors like diagnosis, culture, family dynamics, developmental influences, etc. Remember, the goal in any intervention is to choose one that will be most effective to the needs of the client. To that end, you will really want to consider and speak to the details of the case study and why they tie back to your chosen intervention in this section.]

Explanation of Support

[In this section you will speak to the actual application of the intervention to the case study client. What would it look like when applied to the client from the case study given the details of the article and the description above? This takes your rationale a step further and has you really think about what it would mean to put the case study client in the intervention. This step moves you from why it would be valuable (rationale) to how it would work.]

Future Applications

[This final section is designed to have you consider to whom or under what circumstances you might apply this intervention in the future. How might you use this tool in your toolbox to help you in future work? Can it apply to more than one type of issue or client? This is where you should consider expansion beyond the particular case study and speak to how you think you will use this intervention to help your future practice.]


[Include any references cited in your paper in full APA format. Don’t forget to include in-text citations as well.]

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