To complete a case study, you must first find a case
To complete a case study, you must first find a case. Some suggested cases are available under the “Case Studies” link, although you do not have to use one of those. A case can be any person in a news article, fictional or historical character, person in a book, movie, TV show, etc. or just about anyone whose behaviors can be observed by the general public (note: DO NOT use someone you know personally).
To submit your case study, you will fill out a diagnostic worksheet about your case. Imagine that you are a therapist seeing this character as a client and discern what information you can gather and what would be necessary for diagnosis. If the client is currently deceased, imagine a specific age at which you might have met with them while they were alive. You may have to work off-script or use your imagination a little bit. Where the worksheet requests information that is not available, you may fabricate an answer or embellish upon information already know, as long as it is consistent with the rest of the case.
Grading is based on your ability to provide necessary information through the completion of the worksheet, and to decipher what information is relevant for diagnosis. Directions for diagnostic worksheets can be found below, as well as a sample worksheet. Be sure the worksheet follows the directions and contains sufficient information to justify your diagnosis (singular) or diagnoses (plural). The diagnosis/ diagnoses must be found in the DSM-5.
At the bottom of your diagnostic worksheet, provide a reference (APA style) for the source you used (website, book, movie, etc.) References are provided for the suggested cases; reference on your own if you use another case.