Assignment 1: Practicum – Assessing Client Progress PRAC 6640-35
Assignment 1: Practicum – Assessing Client Progress
Assess progress for clients receiving psychotherapy
Differentiate progress notes from privileged notes
Analyze preceptor’s use of privileged notes
Reflect on the client you selected for the Week 3 Practicum Assignment.
Review the Cameron and Turtle-Song (2002) article in this week’s Learning
Resources for guidance on writing case notes using the SOAP format.
Part 1: Progress Note
Using the client from your Week 3 Assignment, address the following in a progress note
(without violating HIPAA regulations):
Treatment modality used and efficacy of approach
Progress and/or lack of progress toward the mutually agreed-upon client goals
(reference the Treatment plan—progress toward goals)
Modification(s) of the treatment plan that were made based on progress/lack of
Clinical impressions regarding diagnosis and/or symptoms
Relevant psychosocial information or changes from original assessment (i.e.,
marriage, separation/divorce, new relationships, move to a new house/apartment,
change of job, etc.)
Clinical emergencies/actions taken
Medications used by the patient (even if the nurse psychotherapist was not the one
Treatment compliance/lack of compliance
Collaboration with other professionals (i.e., phone consultations with physicians,
psychiatrists, marriage/family therapists, etc.)
Therapist’s recommendations, including whether the client agreed to the
Referrals made/reasons for making referrals
Termination/issues that are relevant to the termination process (i.e., client informed
of loss of insurance or refusal of insurance company to pay for continued sessions)
Issues related to consent and/or informed consent for treatment
Information concerning child abuse, and/or elder or dependent adult abuse,
including documentation as to where the abuse was reported
Information reflecting the therapist’s exercise of clinical judgment
Note: Be sure to exclude any information that should not be found in a discoverable progress
Part 2: Privileged Note
Based on this week’s readings, prepare a privileged psychotherapy note that you would use
to document your impressions of therapeutic progress/therapy sessions for your client from
the Week 3 Practicum Assignment.
The privileged note should include items that you would not typically include in a
note as part of the clinical record.
Explain why the items you included in the privileged note would not be included in
the client’s progress note.
Explain whether your preceptor uses privileged notes, and if so, describe the type of
information he or she might include. If not, explain why.
By Day 7
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Cameron, S., & Turtle-Song, I. (2002). Learning to write case notes using the SOAP
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Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-
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American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
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