Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning book
This chapter provides an overview of mental health diagnosis, and its role in planning and providing appropriate counseling and/or other mental health services. It examines many of the assumptions underlying certain diagnoses, as well as diagnosis in general, and how those assumptions may differ among mental health professions. The chapter introduces the socioeconomic, cultural, and political elements that have influenced, and continue to influence, many aspects of mental health diagnosis, and also introduces the principles and practice of treatment planning. Diagnosis is, in simple terms, the act of identifying and naming a specific problem, with the expectation that this naming will lead to a more informed and effective means of solving the problem. The processes of diagnosis and treatment planning are integral to the overall practice of mental health counseling and are important elements of other areas of counseling practice.