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PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy
Mason, Teresa L.


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Course

PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy

Semester

F2F 2006 MY

Faculty

Mason, Teresa L.

Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD (ABD) - Develomental Psychology
MA - Developmental Psychology

Office Location

Ft. Myer

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

703-598-1291

E-Mail

teresa.mason@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org

Semester Dates

16 Oct - 17 Dec

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

PS101, PS401, or PS315 and junior or senior standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Corey, G. (2005). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (7th Ed.) Belmont, CA: Brook/Cole Thomson Learning

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th Ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association (2003). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Frankl, V. (1997). Man's search for meaning. Pocket Books. 

Rogers, C. & Kramer, P.D. (1995). One becoming a person: A therapist's view of psychotherapy. Mariner Books.

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Course Description:
Explores the major schools of psychotherapy. The course includes an extensive use of actual case studies. PREREQUISITES: PS 101, PS 401 or PS 315 and junior or senior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I believe the ideal classroom is one where students add their own ideas to discussions, debate and challenge their fellow students, and actively think through the concepts being discussed. I learn so much from my students and I know they learn a lot from each other as well.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

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


Core Assessment:

PARK UNIVERSITY COURSE ASSESSMENT: 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 which treatment modalilties your would recommend and why. Be sure to explain specifically how the treatment you recommend would help the symptoms of the character. Include each character that you feel has symptomology and describe the symptoms in terms of the character's story, functionality and relationships with others.

The paper must be a minimum of 1000 words written in A.P.A. style.

Movie Choices:

1. Good Will Hunting

2. As Good As It Gets

3. Antwoine Fisher

4. K-Pax

5. Ordinary People

Answers:

Example: 1. Good Will Hunting - a. Will the main character has P.T.S.D. from childhood abuse and needs help with attachment/bonding issues that now effect his relationships with others and adjustment to life. There are a number of treatments that would help the character deal with these issues. The student would need to describe them and how they thought they would help the symptoms and coping mechanisms. The theraputic relationship with the therapist would be especially important as the trust issues would be exhibited there initially, and in fact in the movie several therapists fail at reaching him until Robin Williams character of therapist succeeds. b. Therapist Robin Williams) - has depression regarding the loss of his wife, and career satisfaction issues. There are a number of treatments that could help him as well, though in the movie he seems to have insights on his own triggered by the relationship he develops with his client Will. The student would need to describe the treatments and how they would help symptoms and coping strategies.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1. Core Assessment: Students will complete the core assessment listed on this syllabus

2. Mid-term and Final Exams: Students will complete two examinations.

3. In-class assignments: These will be designed to provide you with the opportunity to work in groups and apply the concepts we are learning about. An example is the use of case studies to understand a theoretical approach.

4. Out-of-class assignments: Throughout the term you will be asked to complete short written exercises that will help you learn the concepts and prepare for the exams, including but not limited to questions based on the chapters. 

5. Modules: You must complete 2 modules. Any additional modules completed will be worth 3 points that will be added onto your mid-term or final exam point total (not percentage).

Grading:

1. Core Assessment = 20%

2. Midterm and Final Exams = 50%

3. In-class Assignments = 15%

4. Out-of-class Assignments = 10%

5. Modules = 5%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three days past the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.

2. Students are expected to use ecompanion throughout the semester; students are responsible for checking the site regularly for announcements and assignments (if you are unable to come to class a particular week, it is essential you check for any assignments you missed)

3. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.

4. The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.

5. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines. Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

6. Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.

7. There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.

Class Meeting

Chapter/Topics

Activities

Exams & Assignments Due

Modules

Meeting 1
17 Oct

1 - Introduction to the Course; and
2 - Introduction to Basic Issues in Counseling Practice

Lecture

 

 

Meeting 2
24 Oct

3 - Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice; and
4 - Psychoanalytic Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

Movie for Core Movie for the Core Assessment must be chosen; and Assignment 1 (Questions for Chapter 4 due)

Module 1- Topic TBA

Meeting 3
31 Oct

5 - Adlerian Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

Assignment 2 (Questions for Chapter 5 & 6 due)

Module 2- Topic TBA

Meeting 4
7 Nov

6 - Existential Therapy; and
7 - Person-Centered Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

Assignment 3 (Questions for Chapter 7 due)

Module 3- Topic TBA

Meeting 5
14 Nov

8 - Gestalt Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

MIDTERM; and Assignment 4 (Questions for Chapter 8 due)

Module 4- Topic TBA

Meeting 6
21 Nov

9 - Behavior Therapy; and
10 - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

Assignment 5 (Questions for Chapter 9 & 10 due)

Module 5- Topic TBA

Meeting 7
28 Nov

11 - Reality Therapy

Lecture and Group Assignment

Assignment 6 (Questions for Chapter 11 due)

Module 6- Topic TBA

Meeting 8
5 Dec

14 - Family Systems Therapy; and Wrap-Up

Lecture and Group Assignment

CORE ASSESSMENT DUE; and Assignment 7 (Questions for Chapter 14 due)

Module 7- Topic TBA

Meeting 9
12 Dec

 

 

FINAL EXAM

 


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "W".
  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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify and justify treatments for all the characters from the movie that were diagnosed with a mental disorder - exceeds expectations. Idenfity and justify treatments for all but 1 of the characters from the movie that were diagnosed with a mental disorder - meets expectations. Identify and justify treatments for all but 2 of the characters from the movie that were diagnosed with a mental disorder - does not meet expectations. Identify and justify treatments for more all but 3 or more of the characters from the movie that were diagnosed with a mental disorder - no evidence. 
Analysis Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify the symptoms of all characters from the movie that are sufficient for a mental disorder diagnosis - exceeds expectations. Identify the symptoms of all but 1 of the characters from the movie that are sufficient for a mental disorder diagnosis  - meets expectations. Identify the symptoms of all but 2 of the characters from the movie that are sufficient for a mental disorder diagnosis - does not meet expectations. Identify the symptoms of all but 3 or more of the characters from the movie that are sufficient for a mental disorder diagnosis - no evidence. 
Evaluation Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify all the ethical issues the therapist should take into consideration - exceeds expectations. Identify all but 1 of the ethical issues the therapist should take into consideration - meets expectations. Identify all but 2 of the ethical issues the therapist should take into consideration - does not meet expectations. Identify all but 3 or more of the ethical issues the therapist should take into consideration - no evidence. 
Terminology Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Uses psychotherapy terminology appropriately, no errors - exceeds expectations. Uses psychotherapy terminology appropriately, 1-2 errors - meets expectations. Uses psychotherapy terminology appropriately, 3-4 errors - does not meet expectations. Uses psychotherapy terminology appropriately, more than 4 errors - no evidence. 
Concepts Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Can discriminate between psychotherapy theories and techniques, no errors - exceeds expectations. discriminate between psychotherapy theories and techniques, 1-2 errors - meets expectations. Can discriminate between psychotherapy theories and techniques, 2-4 errors - does not meet expectations. Can discriminate between psychotherapy theories and techniques, more than 4 errors - no evidence. 
Application Continuum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Can correctly describe appropriate treatments for subject issues, no errors - exceeds exxpectations. Can correctly describe appropriate treatments for subject issues, 1-2 errors - meets expectations. Can correctly describe appropriate treatments for subject issues, 3-4 errors - does not meet expectations. Can correctly describe appropriate treatments for subject issues, more than 4 errors - no evidence. 

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