Assignment Case Study: Dev Cordoba- 7 years old male
Case Study: Dev Cordoba Program Transcript
DR. JENNY: Hi there. My name is Dr. Jenny. Can you tell me your name and how old
DEV CORDOBA: My name is Dev, and I am seven years old.
DR. JENNY: Wonderful. Dev, can you tell me what the month and the date is? And
where are we right now?
DEV CORDOBA: Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s March 17th.
DR. JENNY: Do you know where we are?
DEV CORDOBA: We’re at the school.
DR. JENNY: Good. Did your mom tell you why you’re here today to see me?
DEV CORDOBA: She thought you were going to help me be better.
DR. JENNY: Yes, I am here to help you. Have you ever come to see someone like me
before, or talked to someone like me before to help you with your mood?
DEV CORDOBA: No, never.
DR. JENNY: OK. Well, I would like to start with getting to know you a little bit better, if
that’s OK. What do you like to do for fun when you’re at home?
DEV CORDOBA: Oh, I have a dog. His name is Sparky. We play policeman in my
room. And I have LEGOs, and I could build something if you want.
DR. JENNY: I would love to see what you build with your LEGOs. Maybe you can bring
that in for me next appointment. Who lives in your home?
DEV CORDOBA: My mom and my baby brother and Sparky.
DR. JENNY: Do you help your mom with your brother?
DEV CORDOBA: No. His breath smells like bad milk all the time. [CHUCKLES] And he
cries a lot, and my mom spends more time with him.
DR. JENNY: So how do you feel most of the time? Do you feel sad or worried or mad or
DEV CORDOBA: Worried.
DR. JENNY: What types of things do you worry about?
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DEV CORDOBA: I don’t know, just everything. I don’t know.
DR. JENNY: OK. So your mom tells me you also have a lot of bad dreams. Can you tell
me a little more about your bad dreams, like maybe what they’re about, how many
nights you might have them?
DEV CORDOBA: I dream a lot that I’m lost, that I can’t find my mom or my little brother.
They seem like they happen almost every night, but maybe not some nights.
DR. JENNY: Now that must feel horrible. Have you ever been lost before when maybe
you weren’t asleep?
DEV CORDOBA: Oh, no. No. And I don’t like the dark. My mom puts me in a night light
with the door open, so I know she’s really there.
DR. JENNY: That seems like that probably would help. Do you like to go to school? Or
would you rather not go?
DEV CORDOBA: I worry about by mom and brother when I’m at school. All I can think
about is what they’re doing, and if they’re OK. And besides, nobody likes me there.
They call me Mr. Smelly.
DR. JENNY: Well. That’s not nice at all. Why do you feel they call you names?
DEV CORDOBA: I don’t know. But my mom says it’s because I won’t take my baths.
[SIGHS] She tells me to, and it– and I have night accidents.
DR. JENNY: Oh, how does that make you feel?
DEV CORDOBA: Sad and really bad. They don’t know how it feels for their daddy to
never come home. What if my mom doesn’t come home too?
DR. JENNY: Yes, you seem to worry about that a lot. Does this worry stop you from
being able to learn in school?
DEV CORDOBA: Well, [SIGHS] my teacher is, all the time, telling me to sit down and
focus. And I get in trouble for [SIGHS] looking out the window. And she moved my chair
beside her desk, but I don’t mind because Billy leaves me alone now.
DR. JENNY: Billy. Have you ever hit Billy or anyone else?
DEV CORDOBA: No, but I did throw my book at him.
DR. JENNY: Hmm.
DEV CORDOBA: [CHUCKLES]
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DR. JENNY: What about yourself? Have you ever hit yourself or thought about doing
something to hurt yourself?
DEV CORDOBA: No.
DR. JENNY: OK. Well, Dev, I would like to talk to your mom now. We’re going to work
together, and we’re going to help you feel happier, less worried, and be able to enjoy
school more. Is that OK?
DEV CORDOBA: Yes. Thank you.
MISS CORDOBA: Hi.
DR. JENNY: Thank you, Miss Cordoba, for bringing in Dev. I feel we can help him. So
tell me, what is your main concerns for Dev?
MISS CORDOBA: [SIGHS] Well, he just seems so anxious and worried all the time, silly
things like I’m going to die, or I won’t pick him up from school. He says I love his brother
more than him. He’ll throw things around the house, and gets in trouble at school for
He has a difficult time going to sleep. He wants his lights on, doors open, gets up
frequently. And he’s all the time wanting to come home from school, claims stomach
aches, and headaches almost daily. He won’t eat. He’s lost three pounds in the past
three weeks. Our pediatrician sent us to you because he doesn’t believe anything is
Oh, and I almost forgot. He still wets the bed at night. [SIGHS] We’ve tried everything.
His pediatrician did give him DDVAP, but it doesn’t seem to help.
DR. JENNY: Hmm. OK. Can you tell me, any blood relatives have any mental health or
substance use issues?
MISS CORDOBA: No, not really.
DR. JENNY: What about his father? He said that he never came home?
MISS CORDOBA: Oh, yes. His father was deployed with the military when Dev was
five. I told Dev he was on vacation. I didn’t know what to tell him. I thought he was too
young to know about war. And his father was killed, so Dev still doesn’t understand that
his father didn’t just leave him. [SIGHS] I just feel so guilty that all of this is my fault.
DR. JENNY: Miss Cordoba, you did the right thing by bringing in Dev. We can help you
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