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PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy
Pena, Sabrina S.


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CoursePS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy LA
SemesterF1K2005
FacultyPena, Sabrina S.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM.Ed. Guidance and Counseling
Office LocationLaughlin AFB
Office HoursBy appointment only
Daytime Phone830-298-4545
Other Phone830-774-1093
E-Mailsabrina.pena@park.edu
sabrina.pena@laughlin.af.mil
Semester Dates22 Aug - 16 Oct 2005
Class Days-MTWRF-
Class Time12:00 - 1:00 PM
PerquisitesPS 101, PS 401 or PS 315, and you must be a junior or a senior
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Corey (2000). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 7th edition.  Brooks/Cole, 2001. ISBN0534536050

NOTE: You do not need the Quiz Book

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Axline, V.M. (1964). Dibs: In search of self. New York: Ballatine Books.
Landreth, G. (2002). Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship
Child Centered Play Therapy Video with Dr. Garry Landreth
Choices, Cookies & Kids Video with Dr. Garry Landreth

http://www.apastyle.org/
http://www.coe.unt.edu/cpt/
http://www.counseling.org
http://www.apa.org
http://www.socialworkers.org
http://www.aamft.org

Course Description:
Explores the major schools of psychotherapy.  The course includes an extensive use of case studies.  Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 401 or PS 315 and junior or senior standing.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage each learner to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Although this is a Psychology class, I believe that ensuring strong written skills are developed is the responsibility of every instructor, not just English instructors. It is a tremendous disservice to students and the entire academic process when students are allowed to turn in work that is substandard.  All work (paper, exams, etc) will be penalized for spelling and grammar errors as well as lack of composition.  Please do not rely solely on spell check.  Please have a friend, family member or co-worker review your work.

Learning Outcomes:

REQUIRED CORE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

- Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of vocabulary found in psychotherapy.
- Compare and contrast among the major schools in psychotherapy.
- Critique and evaluate the treatment and practice of psychotherapy.
- Identify ethical issues in psychotherapy.
- Identify appropriate psychotherapeutic concepts in case studies.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR SPECIFIC COURSE OBJECTIVES:

- To fully obtain information about and understand leading modes of effective psychotherapy in obtaining mental wellness.
- To develop self-evaluation skills, writing skills, and critical thinking skills.
- To encourage critical thinking in evaluating psychological theories and promote integration into their own style of helping, as evident in interaction and/or writing assignments.
- To support introspection of personal qualities that support and hinder attempts at being helping/therapeutic for others.
- To gain knowledge of and an appreciation for client diversity and how the various modalities are effective or ineffective in helping a variety of clients.
- Demonstrate familiarity with current APA writing guidelines, as evidenced in writing the research paper.

Course Assessment:
Reaction Papers: (2 papers @ 50 pts each)
You are to write two 2-3 page reaction papers for two (2) of the therapeutic approaches dealt with in this course.  The papers should be typed and double spaced.  Each paper is due at the end of the section in which it is covered prior to moving on to the next section.  Possible questions to consider in your paper are (not all inclusive):
- What key concepts do you find most useful and why?
- What are some of the ideas or techniques that you would most want to include in your counseling style and why?
- What are the major limitations, as you see it, and why?
- What basic ideas stand out as especially useful in helping you understand yourself?

A summary of what you have read except for what might be necessary in presenting your reaction is not acceptable.  Rather, your paper should be your honest reaction containing your views on the issues raised, thoughts on the key topics, and a critical analysis of the theraputic approach.  Remember to select a few key ideas for critical appraisal and develop these as well.  You need not respond to each (or any) of the questions above. They are only suggestions to stimulate your critical thinking skills.  Think through carefully what you want to say before you begin to write.  Since, this is a reaction paper, there is no right or wrong answer.  Therefore, I am looking for a demonstration of your understanding of the therapeutic approach, your ability to critically evaluate material, your ability to apply main points of the theory or approach to your life experiences, and your ability to strategically write your ideas in a planned and well thought out manner.

Term Paper: 100 pts due prior to taking the final exam
You will select a multicultural, multidisciplinary and contemporary topic that is relative to psychotherapy.  You must demonstrate competence in higher order thinking skills as defined in Bloom's Taxonomy.

Ideally the area would be one you can apply to a current or future career.  Critically review literature in that area.  You will have to select a topic narrow enough in focus that you can adequately cover the literature within the time frame of this course.  You should begin working on this paper early, because locating and critically evaluating the existing literature in a given area is a time consuming task.  Topic of the term paper is due prior to the beginning of the third week of classes.  If you need assistance in selecting a topic, please consult me as soon as possible.  You may turn in your draft term paper early for review of content, but the final paper is due prior to the final exam.  If you opt to have me review your "draft", please indicate this by writing "DRAFT" across the top of the cover page.  If you do not, I will assume it is your final product and will grade accordingly.  Please keep in mind that this is the same weight as the mid term and final exam and is a college level term paper for a senior (400) level course.  Proper APA format is required.  More is not always best, but content and quality will determine your grade.

The paper must include proper APA format cover page, references and proper spelling/grammar.  We will have several class meetings at the base library to allow you class time to work on your term paper.

Play Therapy/Filial Review: 50 pts
The paper should be no less than 4 pages (typed and double spaced).  A summary of what you have read except for what might be necessary in presenting your reaction is not acceptable  Rather, your paper should reflect your views on the issues raised, therapeutic approach and thoughts on key principles.  You will be exposed to several videos and class discussion on the topic of Play Therapy.  You can also elect to review other videos or printed materials to complete this assignment.

Mid-term and Final Exams: 100 pts each
Exams will be comprehensive and will include material from class discussions, videos, textbook readings and handouts.  The exams will include multiple choice, true false, and essay.  The essay questions will promote contemplation and measure your ability to assimilate the information.

Grading:
- The course is graded A-F and is based on a point scale.
- In accordance with Park University, a grade of I (incomplete) is assigned only for work, which has been of passing quality through the academic period, but for good reason (does not include poor planning or time management) cannot be completed within the time frame of the contract.
- It is your responsibility to plan for computer problems, emergencies, illness, etc. and to turn your work in within the contract time frame.  Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete assignments and secure a back-up plan for your computer.
- Poorly written assignments will receive lower grades regardless of the content up to 25%.
- Plagiarized materials will result in automatic failure of the course and my recommendation to the University for your removal from the Park University system.  I have found students enrolled in my Independent Study class plagiarizing in the past.  When you do not give credit to others for their ideas or work, you are stealing.  Without honor or integrity, the academic process is disgraced by plagiarism.  If you find your self asking, "Should I give credit?" -- the answer is always affirmative.  Enough on that subject!

Point Scale:
A (370 or more)
B (340-369)
C (320-339)
D (250-319)
F (250 or less)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is your responsibility to plan for computer problems, emergencies, illness, etc. and to turn in your work on time. Late submissions will be considered, but final acceptance is at the discretion of the instructor.  If late submissions are accepted, there will be a point deduction of no less than 20% regardless of the reason.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
- Students are expected to prepare to discuss the readings (text as well as other readings as assigned by the instructor) and share opinions. This requires that you have read all assignments and generated ideas for discussions. I will assist with guiding discussions but expect your active, energetic, focused input as well.

- Respect confidentiality! Being actively involved in the discussion entails some level of personal self-disclosure. Because of the nature of the vulnerability, trust, and openness needed to learn about guidance and counseling, it is extremely important that confidentiality be maintained. Revealing personal information about others is a breach of confidentiality. If you wish to share with others outside the classroom, please reveal only your own reactions and understanding.  Both students and the instructor will ensure confidentiality.

- All students will respect the diversity of opinions, life experiences and cultures of fellow students.  If you are not able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner, you will be asked to leave the classroom.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Chapter One and Two; Video
Week 2: Chapter Three and Four
Week 2: Friday - term paper topic due
Week 3: Chapter Five and Six
Week 4: Chapter Seven and Eight; Videos on Play Therapy
Week 5: Monday - Mid-term
Week 5: Chapter Nine and Ten
Week 6: Chapter Eleven and Twelve
Week 7: Chapter Thirteen and Fourteen
Week 8: Chapter Fifteen and Sixteen; Video
Week 8: Monday - Term Paper
Week 8: Friday - Final Exam

*Reaction Papers are due class period following presentation.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87
Plagiarized materials will result in 0 points for the assignment and failure of the course (in accordance with University Policy).

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
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Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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