Mode Deactivation Therapy Case Study

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Adolescents are often very hard to treat and evidence based research does not always work with this particular population. Many of the adolescents that are in treatment centers are dealing with behavioral issues, conduct issues, mood disorders, personality disorders, complex trauma, and suicidal ideation. These complex issues make finding proper treatment even more difficult. Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) seems to work well with this population as every study in this annotated bibliography has shown. The adolescents in these studies were mostly male and consisted of many backgrounds. The participants ranged from 14-17 years of age. The major issue that was targeted in these studies was behavioral issues. This consisted of internalizing …show more content…
An issue with adolescent youth that experience behavioral issues is that they do not always respond well to the current evidence-based practices being used in the general population. Because that is the case, it is important for Social Workers to research new techniques that will show effectiveness for our particular clients. In these studies, MDT appears to be much more affective than CBT in against every dependent variable. This would indicate that when working with adolescents with complex behavioral issues, it would be best practice and ethical to use MDT. Another important aspect of ethics is competency. One must be competent in a practice to provide it. This would indicate that the Social Worker should become trained in using MDT properly before implementing the therapy on their …show more content…
Future studies could be done with female adolescents or a mixture of male and female. It also may be beneficial to do research with those that identify as gender neutral or transgender, especially since those populations often experience bullying and trauma. It would also be helpful to do research with participants that are not mandated to receive treatment so that the effects can be seen on those that are seeking assistance. Working with non-mandated therapy sessions may also give the opportunity to increase the sample size and to also make sure that the participant has the right to leave the study if they get uncomfortable with it at any point in time. Another important idea for future research is to see if it is a more effective practice for people from different age groups with other issues than the ones currently tested. This could ensure that the most effective practices are being used for everyone. This is important for Social Workers so that they can help their patients as much as possible and use the best practice needed for their unique

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