Interventions for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Analytical Essay by Matrixgirl

Interventions for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
This paper discusses two methods of intervention applicable to working with children and young people with obsessive compulsive disorder.
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Within the context of multi-disciplinary practice, relevant legislation and social policy, this essay outlines and evaluates two methods of intervention applicable to working with children and young people with a mental health disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The methods of intervention that are outlined and evaluated are cognitive behavioural therapy and opportunity led work. The essay also addresses the challenges inherent in practicing across different value bases and theoretical understandings of the medical and social model of mental health. Throughout the essay, an awareness of oppressive and discriminatory practice is present.

From the Paper:

"There are two theoretical perspectives to take into consideration when working with people with mental health issues; the medical model and the social model. The medical model has a broad application however it does originally sit in the field of medicine. The medical model follows a general series of events; diagnosis stage, prescriptive stage and curative stage. The diagnostic stage is when the individual goes to see the professional, be it a doctor or a psychologist. The prescriptive stage is when the individual describes what is wrong with them or explains what is happening to them. The curative stage is the resolution stage where the professional attempts to find a solution to the problem. The medical model does not take into consideration any external forces such as family or social networks when dealing with the individual whereas the social model is based on these external influences on the individual. The medical model is defined by a set medical framework and this then defines how the individual will be viewed, this differs from social work as the interventions are always client led."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davison, G.C., Neale, J.M., & Kring, A.M. (2004) 9th Ed. Abnormal Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: USA.
  • Dogra, N., Parkin, A., Gale, F., & Frake, C. (2002). A multidisciplinary Handbook of Child & Adolescent Mental Health for Front-line Professionals. Athenaeum Press: Gateshead.
  • Trieshman, A.E., Whittaker, J.K., & Brendtro, L.K. (1969). The Other 23 Hours. Child-care Work with Emotionally-disturbed Children in a Therapeutic Milieu. New York: Aldine.
  • Ward, A. (2002). Opportunity led work: maximising the possibilities for therapeutic communication in everyday actions. Therapeutic Communities 23(2) 111-124.

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