Volume 7, Issue 1, 2015

PREFACE
Since the early 1900’s, mental health research and practice have been informed by clinical case studies. I imagine that we all remember some of the cases we learned about in our Introduction to Psychology courses. Do you recall the case of Clever H...
HEALING SEXUAL TRAUMA
This case study depicts the therapy of a sixteen year old male in wilderness treatment. His diagnoses included Bipolar I Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and multiple substance use disorders. His treatment goals were: 1. Stabilize and reduce stress, 2. Asse...
MULTI-MODAL TREATMENT APPROACH
This case study is about a 16-year-old male treated for oppositional behavior, emotion dysregulation, family conflict and academic underachievement in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare program. The three primary goals for the functional approach to...
A MOTHER'S STORY
I am a mother of two children, a daughter who is 17 and a son (“Tom”) who is 15. Their father, my first husband, died when they were 8 and 10. I have since remarried and my husband is a captain with the local police department. He is a career offic...
TRANSNATIONAL ANALYSIS IN ADVENTURE THERAPY
This case example describes the use of an adaptation of Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis (TA) with a highlyresistant 17-18 year-old male client in an adventure therapy program (the client entered as an adolescent and turned 18 while in treatment)...
SELF, EXPERIENCE, AND FAMILY
This case study depicts the family and intrapersonal journey of an adult client through a wilderness therapy program. The client was a bright eighteen-year-old male of blended racial identity who presented with low self-worth, substance use, persis...
APPROACHING COMPLICATED GRIEF
This case study focused on a fourteen year old boy in wilderness treatment for Major Depressive Disorder, Other Specified Trauma-and-Stressor-Related Disorder, persistent complex bereavement disorder, and Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder. T...
TREATING MODERATE TO SEVERE ANXIETY DISORDER
This case presents the treatment of a seventeen year old male for anxiety disorder. The treatment focused on cognitive exposure therapy and in-vivo exposure for family and school-based concerns. Since the completion of treatment, the client has had...
EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH, AND HOPE
Julianna Bissette has two daughters and is a college professor. She worked for many years as leader in outdoor programs. Her former careers include outdoor leadership, human resource development, and recreational therapy. She enjoys kayaking, garde...
TREATING DEPRESSION AND SOMATIC SYMPTOMS
This case presents the treatment of a nineteen-year old female treated at a Therapeutic Boarding School (TBS) following seven weeks of intensive treatment at wilderness treatment program. Her presenting diagnoses were Major Depressive Disorder, Rec...
IRONMAN
This case study follows the history, treatment process, and current status three years post treatment of a young man who wanted to be identified for the purpose of this case study, as Tony Stark from Malibu California. The diagnoses addressed inclu...
CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
In this case study we provide a brief, but detailed description of an intervention by a classroom teacher that pushed the treatment forward and provides the basic elements of treatment that can change this young woman’s sense of self and approach t...
EDITOR INFO
Editor: Dr. Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT Professor School of Health & Human Services University of New Hampshire Durham, NH Guest Editor: Ellen Behrens, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Undergraduate Psychology & Master’s Counseling Programs Westminst...