Mental Health Assessment

Rationale.

Mental state examination and therapeutic communication skills are fundamental skills of a nurse working with consumers with mental illness. By completing this report, students will be able to observe a consumer’s mental state, and document it appropriately. Furthermore, the student will learn by reflecting on helpful and unhelpful therapeutic communication skills.

Instruction

Please watch one of the below four videos of psychiatric interviews for teaching. [you will automatically fail if you use another video apart from these four.]

Part A. MSE documentation

Write a comprehensive Mental State Examination on the consumer in the video that you selected. [500 words]

Part B. Therapeutic communication

Reflect on the interviewer’s (clinician’s) therapeutic communication skills. Discuss what components of this communication you thought were helpful and/or not helpful, and support with literature. [500 words]