PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy
S1J 2009 PV
McGraw, Gwynne Rockwell
Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology Park UniversityMaster of Arts in Counseling Psychology Universtiy of St. Mary
January 12 through March 8
5:30 - 9:50 PM
PS 101, PS 401, and junior or senior standing.
Textbook: Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 8th Edition Gerald Corey
Wedding and Corsini., , Case Studies in
Psychotherapy , 4th edition,
Wadsworth , 2005. ISBN:
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Educational Philosophy: A variety of educational techniques will be utilized throughout this course. This will include lectures, readings, exams, written assignments, and classroom interaction.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
PS402 SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
MOVIE "CASE" CRITIQUE PAPER: Choose one of the following movies and write a paper describing the mental health issues each character is facing and the treatment(s) you would recommend and why. Be sure to explain how the treatment(s) you recommend would help the character and foster coping mechanisms. Include each character that you feel has psychological problems and describe their symptoms in terms of their story, functionality, and relationships.
The paper must be a minimum of 1000 words and written in A.P.A. style.
1. Good Will Hunting
2. As Good As It Gets
3. Antwoine Fisher
5. Ordinary People
Below is an Example for the movie, “Good Will Hunting”:
Will, the main character, has P.T.S.D. from childhood abuse and has attachment/bonding issues that affect his relationships and adjustment to life. There are a number of treatments that would help him. [Here the student would describe these treatments and how the treatments would help his symptoms and give him coping mechanisms. The therapeutic relationship with the therapist would be especially important as the trust issues would first appear there.]
In the movie, several therapists fail at reaching Will but the therapist played by Robin Williams finally succeeds. However, this therapist is himself depressed over the loss of his wife and dissatisfaction with his career. There are treatments that could help him as well, although he has his own insights, fostered by his relationship with Will. [ Here the student would need to describe these treatments and how each treatment would help him and facilitate coping strategies.]
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Students' course performance will be based on regular attendance and attention to classroom activities, two tests, movie case critique paper, presentation, and a final exam. Information regarding the presentation will be provided during the first class.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students are responsible for observing and meeting all assignment deadlines. Late materials will be automatically reduced one letter grade. For each additional day the assignment is late and additional 5 % will be deducted. In the event of an absence on a test day, the student must contact the instructor prior to class and schedule a time to make up the exam.
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As a courtesey to everyone, cell phne use is prohibiites during class. Cell phones may be used during break times only.
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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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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