You are seeing Mark, a 43-year-old Singaporean-Indian man and recent divorcé, for the first time.


Assessment: One Case Study (1200 – 1500 words)

Case Study Question:

You are seeing Mark, a 43-year-old Singaporean-Indian man and recent divorcé, for the first time. In your first session together, Mark reports that he is not performing well at work and has been feeling “low”. These “low” feelings surfaced when his immediate supervisor gave him a piece of job-related negative feedback about two months ago. Since then, he has felt a lot of resentment towards his supervisor and feels that the work that he does is worthless. He has trouble falling asleep at night and often wakes in the middle of the night, unable to go back to sleep. He tells you that he is exhausted all the time, has trouble thinking clearly and has no appetite during most meals. He has lost interest in his usual hobbies and does not feel like leaving his house. He has not showered in two weeks. At work, he gets anxious easily and has lost confidence in his own performance. At times, he experiences breathlessness, tightness in his chest and an impending sense of doom. He feels an almost constant sense of hopelessness and tells you he is ready for “things to be over”, since everything feels terrible to him. He has stopped talking to his children and has left them to the care of his ex-wife. Next week, he plans to meet his lawyer to discuss his will.

  • Identify THREE counselling issues that Mark might be experiencing based on the information given in the case study.
  • Discuss TWO counselling goals and TWO counselling interventions. You should demonstrate how the goals and interventions relate to the counselling issues identified.
  • Ascertain if it is appropriate to perform a suicide risk assessment, and discuss your rationale. Discuss if it is appropriate to refer Mark for medical/psychiatric evaluation and follow up.

The word limit for your Case Study is 1200 – 1500 words.

Please use the sample case study only for reference. It is not a “Perfect” case study.


ECTA requests that you save a soft copy of your case study in the thumb-drive provided by ECTA. Subsequently, submit the thumb-drive with your assessments to your Course Management Administrator on 8 February 2021.

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