Sample Social Work and Human Services Paper on Understanding the MSE

The vignette is a training video for understanding/observing/conducting a Mental Status Exam (MSE). Compose a Mental Status Exam narrative based upon the client in the video. The mnemonic ASEPTIC can be used to remember the components of the Mental Status Examination.[1]

A – Appearance/Behavior
S – Speech
E – Emotion (Mood and Affect)
P – Perception (Auditory/Visual Hallucinations)
T – Thought Content (Suicidal/Homicidal Ideation) and Process
I – Insight and Judgment
C – Cognition
It is important to document and cover all MSE domains. The mental status examination or mental state examination, abbreviated MSE, is an important part of the clinical assessment process in clinical practice. It is a structured way of observing and describing a patient’s current state of mind under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affects, speech, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition, insight, and judgment. Be mindful that culture is a powerful determinant of clients’ mental states.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktEUiCLu_9s

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