Identify a Client who may be ready to Terminate Therapy.


Develop a client termination summary.
To prepare:
Identify a client who may be ready to terminate therapy.
• For guidance on writing a client termination summary, review pages 693–712 of Wheeler (2014).
To complete:
With the client you selected in mind, address in a client termination summary (without violating HIPAA regulations) the following:
• Identifying information of client (e.g., hypothetical name and age)
• Date the client initially contacted therapist, date therapy began, duration of therapy, and date therapy will end
• Total number of sessions, including number of missed sessions
• Whether termination was planned or unplanned
• Presenting problem
• Major psychosocial issues
• Types of services rendered (e.g., individual, couple/family therapy, group therapy)
• Overview of treatment process
• Goal status (goals met, partially met, unmet)
• Treatment limitations (if any)
• Remaining difficulties and/or concerns
• Recommendations
• Follow-up plan (if indicated)
• Instructions for future contact
• Signatures
Include a clear purpose statement.
Integrates specific information from 1 credible outside resource and 2-3 course resources to support major points and point of view.
Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer
• Chapter 20, “Termination and Outcome Evaluation” (pp. 693–712)
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.




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