A situation that I would be competent in dealing with would be a client that is using drug substance. The substance that the client is using is Methamphetamine know as crystal meth. This drug is very strong and highly addictive it effects the central, nervous system. This drug can cause the client to have violent behavior, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and paranoia/
I would make a referral for the client to have treatment for detoxification. This treatment involves purging the physical presence of meth from the user and Therapy Treatment this will help to show the client how they can cope with the temptation to use meth and to show them how they can have more healthier Thoughts and behavior pattern without having to use meth. AS a professional my services is to make sure that the client gets the help that is needed.
My client is an African American woman who is 45 years old. She has a history of using Meth. My client says she been using meth for 20 years sometimes she uses Cocaine. For three days the client has not shower or eat. As I am talking to my client She tells me her children were taken away from her due to her addiction. If my client was to seek help for her addiction her children will be given back to her, my client has a family but due to her stealing from them to purchase more drugs they don’t want her around. The client has move from shelter to shelter and sleeping on the ground. She has been in and out of jail, but nothing has changed her. The client does not like being on drugs and that she wants her children back, so I will sit down with the client and tell her you to say you want your children back by going to a facility that will help you clean yourself up from using drug will get your children back.
Because this is out of my boundaries Section 2; Competence
2.01 Boundaries of Competence
(a) Psychologists provide services teach and conduct research with populations and in areas only within their boundaries of their competence based on their education, training, supervised experience, consultation study or professional experience.
Detox facilities take in clients when beds are open and available. Seeing my client in this state of mind emergency services are needed for her.
2;02 Providing Services in Emergencies
In an emergency when Psychologist provides services to individuals, for whom other mental health services are not available and for when Psychologist have not obtained the necessary training. A psychologist may provide such services to ensure that services are not denied. The services are discontinued as soon as the emergency ended, or appropriate services are available.
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