Posted: June 13th, 2022

Assignment 2: Practicum Experience Plan (PEP)

Please review the complete instructions. Use the attached template to complete the assignment. Please make sure each of the objectives are connected to the Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form (see attached document) .
Assignment 2: Practicum ExperiencePlan(PEP)
As you establish your goals and objectives for this course, you are committing to an organized plan that will frame your practicum experience in a clinical setting, including planned activities, assessment, and achievement of defined outcomes. In particular, they must address the categories of clinical reasoning, quality in your clinical specialty, and interpersonal collaborative practice.
For this Assignment, you will consider the areas you aim to focus on to gain practical experience as an advanced practice nurse. Then, you will develop a Practicum Experience Plan (PEP) containing the objectives you will fulfill in order to achieve your aims. In this practicum experience, when developing your goals and objectives, be sure to keep psychotherapy approaches and techniques in mind.
To Prepare
· Review your Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form you submitted last week and think about areas for which you would like to gain application-level experience and/or continued growth as an advanced practice nurse. How can your experiences in the Practicum help you achieve these aims? (Please review last week “Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form” – Attached)

· Your practicum learning objectives that you want to achieve during your Practicum experience must be:
· Specific 
· Measurable 
· Attainable 
· Results-focused 
· Time-bound
· Reflective of the higher-order domains of Bloom’s taxonomy (i.e., application level and above) 
Assignment – Instructions
1. Record the required information in the Practicum Experience Plan template (attached) including 3–4measurablepracticum learning objectives you will use to facilitate your learning during the practicum experience. Note: Please make sure each of your objectives are connected to the Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form (attachment). Also, consider that you will need to demonstrate how you are advancing your knowledge in the clinical specialty.
2. Select one nursing theory and one counseling theory to best guide your practice in psychotherapy. Explain why you selected these theories. Support your approach with evidence-based literature

Assignment 2: Clinical Skills Self-Assessment
Ariel Cordova Lopez
Walden University
PRAC 6645: Psychotherapy with Multiple Modalities Practicum

Dr. Suhad Sadik

June 4, 2022

PMHNP PRAC 6645 Clinical Skills
Self-Assessment Form
Desired Clinical Skills
for Students to Achieve
(Can complete
confident (Can
complete with
performed with
supervision or
supervision to
feel confident)
New (Have
performed or
does not apply)
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation skills in:
Recognizing clinical
signs and symptoms of
psychiatric illness across
the lifespan

Differentiating between
pathophysiological and
Performing and
interpreting a
comprehensive and/or
interval history and
physical examination
(including laboratory and
diagnostic studies)
Performing and
interpreting a mental
status examination
Performing and
interpreting a
psychosocial assessment
and family psychiatric


Performing and
interpreting a functional
assessment (activities of
daily living,
occupational, social,
leisure, educational).
Diagnostic reasoning skill in:
Developing and
prioritizing a differential
diagnoses list
Formulating diagnoses
according to DSM 5
based on assessment
Differentiating between
normal/abnormal age-
related physiological and
Pharmacotherapeutic skills in:
Selecting appropriate
evidence based clinical
practice guidelines for
medication plan (e.g.,
risk/benefit, patient
considerations, financial,
the process of informed
consent, symptom
Evaluating patient
response and modify plan
as necessary
Documenting (e.g.,
adverse reaction, the
patient response, changes
to the plan of care)
Psychotherapeutic Treatment Planning:
Recognizes concepts of
therapeutic modalities
across the lifespan
Selecting appropriate
evidence based clinical
practice guidelines for
psychotherapeutic plan
(e.g., risk/benefit, patient
considerations, financial,
the process of informed
consent, symptom
management, modality
appropriate for situation)
Applies age appropriate
counseling techniques
with individuals,
families, and/or groups
Develop an age
individualized plan of
Provide psychoeducation
to individuals, family,
and/or groups
Promote health and
disease prevention
Self-Assessment skills:
Develop SMART goals
for practicum
Evaluating outcomes of
practicum goals and
modify plan as
Documenting and
reflecting on learning
Professional skills:
Maintains professional
boundaries and
therapeutic relationship
with clients and staff
Collaborate with multi-
disciplinary teams to
improve clinical practice
in mental health settings
Identifies ethical and
legal dilemmas with
possible resolutions
Demonstrates non-
judgmental practice
approach and empathy
Practices within scope of
Selecting and implementing appropriate screening instrument(s), interpreting results, and
making recommendations and referrals:
Demonstrates selecting
the correct screening
instrument appropriate
for the clinical situation
Implements the screening
instrument efficiently
and effectively with the
Interprets results for
screening instruments
Develops an appropriate
plan of care based upon
screening instruments
Identifies the need to
refer to another specialty
provider when applicable
Accurately documents
recommendations for
psychiatric consultations
when applicable

Summary of strengths:
There are many strengths that I can implement a PMHNP. One of my skills is communication
that is needed for team management. Effective communication is important since it builds
teamwork and empathy that is needed for sharing information when interacting with patients.
Information sharing is the basis of improving patient care and overall safety. I need to have
proper communication skills that will help in effective communication that will help avoid
potential medical errors. Possessing appropriate communication skills creates positive
relationship between patients, their families and the caregivers. Patients need to understand that
the caregiver is focused on addressing their prevailing health problem, through educating the
patient, and promoting trust between the patient and the caregiver. Possessing strong
communication skills has been an important strength that will help in patient education, discuss
the prevailing health problem, and help in development of treatment plans that best addresses the
health challenge of the patient. As a caregiver, I need to clearly communicate with the patient’s
family about the treatment plans and how they should best offer care to them (Demir & Ercan,

On the other hand, identification of signs and symptoms that characterize a clinical problem is
important for offering quality care. Having undergone different practicum experience
assessments, I have gained a vast knowledge in assessing patients with mental health problems.
One of the best ways of detecting symptoms of a mental health issue is to establish whether a
patient has a mental health issue to evaluate if they are withdrawn from their normal activities.
This is important because it helps in recommendation of the right course treatment (Van et al.,
2018). It is important to maintain a professional relationship during a therapeutic process to avoid
development of any emotions that may distract the treatment plan.

Finally, I also hold important competencies in ensuring the legal guidelines that guide a
therapeutic relationship is key to achievement of the end goal. Adhering to the professional code
of ethics is instrumental in creating a therapeutic relationship that will promote the best patient
outcomes. Ensuring the patient gets the best course of treatment is one of my practice goals
irrespective of their gender race or socioeconomic status. Moreover, treating the patient with
dignity is one of my values in my clinical practice and will ensure the patients get the best
treatment and quality care for all.

Opportunities for growth:
Meeting patient needs is an instrumental requirement for healthcare professionals. The areas that
I need to improve is how to create a learning relationship that fosters the ability to conduct an
assessment and interpret the results. When conducting a psychological assessment, it is important
to have appropriate analysis so that it becomes easier to recommend the right course of treatment.
Also, conducting a background assessment of the patient is important because it aids in accurate
diagnosis (Van et al., 2018).
Another opportunity for growth as a nurse practitioner is conducting an interview without
offending a patient. Effective therapeutic relationship is based on concise and clear
communication that helps in unmasking the problem and understanding the potential problem
that is leading to the problem. Such competencies could help develop appropriate therapy and
plan of care that addresses the problem based on the specific symptoms.
Membership to professional nursing associations is another opportunity that would help in
improving my competencies as a nurse. Organization like American Nursing Association creates
a network of professionals and avail resources that would help in professional growth and
practice experience that is needed for effective dispensation of nursing duties. A nursing
professional will interact with professionals with varied experiences and avail resources that
promotes overall career growth (Haddad & Geiger, 2018).
I also need to work various organizations such as rehabilitation centers because they provide
excellent volunteering opportunities to work with patients with different mental problems, which
will help build my professional experience. Understanding different mental health problems is a
springboard to skills development and at the same time help patients that cannot afford mental
health treatments since they are expensive.
Finally, I need to understand the role of modern technology in the creation of effective
therapeutic relationship. Technology also plays a central role in clinical research, which is also an
important aspect of clinical practice and effective patient care. This is also important in utilization
of evidence-based practice and dynamics in mental healthcare.

Goals and Objectives:
1. Goal: Promote communication between caregiver and patient for effective therapeutic
a. Objective: use available tools to foster communication with the patient.
b. Objective: Enhance communication between patient and their families.
c. Objective: Promote a relationship of trust with patients through communication.

2. Goal: Ensure adherence to ethical standards of nursing practice.
a. Objective: Ensure patients are addressed with dignity to promote information sharing.
b. Objective: Respect cultural values and beliefs and avoid any form of bias in clinical
c. Objective: Apply provisions of ethical standards in providing patient care.

3. Goal: Acquire skills that promotes an effective psychotherapeutic
a. Objective: develop clinical assessment skills to identify the right condition.
b. Objective: Learn different approaches of conducting a psychological assessment.
c. Objective: Interpret assessment results and offer appropriate diagnosis based on

Date: June 4, 2022
Course/Section: PRAC 6645: Psychotherapy with Multiple Modalities Practicum
Demir, S., & Ercan, F. (2018). The first clinical practice experiences of psychiatric nursing
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Haddad, L. M., & Geiger, R. A. (2018). Nursing ethical considerations.
Van Leeuwen, E., Petrovic, M., van Driel, M. L., De Sutter, A. I., Vander Stichele, R., Declercq,
T., & Christiaens, T. (2018). Withdrawal versus continuation of long‐term antipsychotic
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Master of Science in Nursing
Practicum Experience Plan
Your Practicum experience includes working in a clinical setting that will help you gain the knowledge and skills needed as an advanced practice nurse. In your practicum experience, you will develop a practicum plan that sets forth objectives to frame and guide your practicum experience.
As part of your Practicum Experience Plan, you will not only plan for your learning in your practicum experience but also work through various patient visits with focused notes as well as one (1) journal entry.
Individualized Practicum Learning Objectives

Refer to the instructions in Week 2 to create individualized practicum learning objectives that meet the requirements for this course. These objectives should be aligned specifically to your Practicum experience. Your objectives should address your self-assessment of the skills found in the “PMHNP Clinical Skills Self-Assessment Form” you completed in Week 1.
As you develop your individualized practicum learning objective, be sure to write them using the SMART format. Use the resources found in Week 2 to guide your development. Once you review your resources, continue and complete the following. Note: Please make sure each of your objectives are connected to your self-assessment. Also, consider that you will need to demonstrate how you are advancing your knowledge in the clinical specialty.
Objective 1: (
: this objective should relate to a specific skill you would like to improve from your self-assessment)
Planned Activities:
Mode of Assessment: (Note: Verification will be documented in Meditrek)
PRAC Course Outcome(s) Addressed:
· (for example) Develop professional plans in advanced nursing practice for the practicum experience
· (for example) Assess advanced practice nursing skills for strengths and opportunities
Objective 2: (
: this objective should relate to a specific skill you would like to improve from your self-assessment)
Planned Activities:
Mode of Assessment: (Note: Verification will be documented in Meditrek)
PRAC Course Outcome(s) Addressed:
Objective 3: (
: this objective should relate to a specific skill you would like to improve from your self-assessment)
Planned Activities:
Mode of Assessment: (Note: Verification will be documented in Meditrek)
PRAC Course Outcome(s) Addressed:
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