Additional Resources: American Journal of Experimental Psychology
Course Description: Explores the major schools of psychotherapy. The course includes an extensive use of actual case studies. Pre-requisites: PS101, PS401 or PS315 and junior or senior standing. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: This is an individualized instruction. The instructor will meet with the student weekly to answer questions, provide clarification, and additional information as deemed necessary.
Learning Outcomes:The student will be able to: (1) identify the various schools into which specific theories of psychotherapy are classified; (2) outline the dynamics of personality/behavior development and how it can be changed when "normal" development fails to occur; (3) explain the importance of particular theoretical perspectives when providing psychotherapy; and (4)recognize and explain the specific techniques endorsed by Psychcoanalysis, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Reality, Behavior, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies.
Course Assessment: There will be a mid-term and a final exam. The student will prepare a synopsis paper on one of the theories of counseling/psychotherapy not covered on the syllabus. The student will also research and prepare a paper on the counseling theory known as Transactional Analysis (TA). The APA style/format will be used for this research assignment.
Grading: Mid-term and final exams = 80%; research paper on TA = 15%; synopsis paper = 5%
Final grades will be assigned as follows: 90 - 100 = A; 80 - 89 = B; 70 - 79 = C; 60 - 69 = D; below 60 or 4 unexcused absences = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Exams and papers are due when indicated on the syllabus. Late submissions will be lowered by 5 points per day.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The student and the instructor will meet weekly at an agreed-upon time and place. If the student is not able to attend this meeting, he/she will notify the instructor in advance. The student can contact the instructor by e-mail or phone durirng the week.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week Chapter Topic
1 1 Introduction and Overview
2 4 Psychoanalysis
3 6 Existential Therapy
4 7 Person-Centered Therapy; Midterm
exam (Chapters 1, 4, 6, 7)and
synopsis paper are due
5 8 Gestalt Therapy
6 11 Reality Therapy
7 9 Behavior Therapy
8 10 Cognitive Behavior Therapy; final
exam (Chapters 8, 11, 9, 10)and
Research paper on TA are due
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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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