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PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy
Fallon, Margo


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Course

PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy

Semester

SP 2008 HO

Faculty

Dr. Margo Fallon, Ph.D.

Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Teacher - MO, M.A. Guidance & Counseling, B.S.E. Theatre/Speech
Licensed Practicing Psychologist
Licensed Teacher - State of Missouri

Office Location

Underground Main Campus #226

Office Hours

T/Th: 2:15 - 3:45

Daytime Phone

Use email

E-Mail

margo.fallon@park.edu

Semester Dates

1-14-08 to 5-09-08

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Prerequisites

PS101, PS401, or PS315 and Junior or Senior standing

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Theories In Counseling & Therapy: An Experiential Approach, by Jeffrey A. Kottler, Allyn & Bacon, 2002.  ISBM: # 0-205-32473-8.

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Additional Resources:
Speakers, video, websites provided as available.

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

Educational Philosophy:
My focus is on teaching the person as well as the subject. This emphasis comes from having taught in an Innovative Teaching Skills Center at Truman State University and consulting on a national basis regarding the importance of this interactive focus. A major goal is to have students be fundamentally motivated by their interest in growing and learning, thereby gaining intrinsic value from the course rather than just having them be concerned with proving themselves relative to external criteria. I try to provide a variety of educational experiences to access the various learning styles of all students, including practical learning opportunities. A licensed, practicing Psychologist myself, I try to relate course material to real world use of course content. Last, but certainly not least, I encourage academic excellence and try to mentor students relative to their special talents, abilities, and eventual contributions to the psychology field.

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:

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.

Movie Choices:

1. Good Will Hunting

2. As Good As It Gets

3. Antwoine Fisher

4. K-Pax

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 Rubric

Class Assessment:
1. Class Participation/Atttendance: (Obviously cannot be made up) - 10 points per class x 30 = 300 points.


2. Dyad and small group work: As working and living with others is important in the real world, and experiential activities allow for more student interaction and participation, we will be using this mode for many class activities. 
Those not contributing equally, or letting their group down in some way, will not receive credit, ie all must "pull their own weight." Weekly assignments and reactions to activities will be kept in a weekly journal and handed in at midterm and the end of the semester. If you have an excused absence, you may make up study question assignments, but some activities cannot be replicated outside of class.  20 points x 15 = 300 points.

3. Core Assessment Assignment: ( See details above - required for every PS402 course in Park University System) = 300 points or 25 % of your grade.

4. Exams: Midterm & Final, each worth 150 points = 300 points.

Grading:
This class will be graded on a point basis. You will be given a grading sheet so that you can keep track of your grade points as you go so you will always know how you are doing in class if you keep it up as directed. A copy of this sheet will be turned in at the end of the semester as a double check on points attained.


90-100% or 1080 - 1200 points = A
80 - 90%  or   960 - 1080 points = B
70 - 80%  or   840 -   960 points = C
60 - 70%  or   720 -   840 points = D
Below 720 points = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will result in a reduction of earned points depending on the lateness and quality of the work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Courtesy and the "Golden Respect Rule": A.P.A.  (American Psychological Association) has guidelines for Psychologists and other mental health professionals regarding how people should be treated including each other in the field. We will be following these guidelines. Example: if there are issues, they are to be discussed and dealt with directly, in an assertive resolution oriented way, rather than triangulated - gossiped about to others, or acted out on in an aggressive or passive aggressive way.


1. Everyone has the right to their own opinions, feelings, if expressed appropriately, ie assertively rather than aggressively.

2. Everyone has the right to be listened to without interruption, noise or other distractions - including the Professor.

3. Treat others as you would like to be treated (unless you are a personality disorder, and then we will have to refer you for treatment!)

4. Stay on the topic at hand, especially in small group work.

5. Arrive and leave, turn in assignments on time ( late assignments - less points per day)

6. Cell phones (& phasors) in the "off" position.

7. Excused absences for school activities require signed permission in advance, otherwise contageous disease and death are the primary excuses. Please schedule medical and work activities and approintments at other times. You may be allowed to make up the work, but will not be able to receive participation points if you are not present.

8. Diversity is celebrated in this class, so be prepared to accept others and their differences.

9. This is YOUR life/education, so ASK if you have questions, have a concern or need. If you have a problem with someone, including the professor, talk to them directly rather than triangulating, gossiping or complaining to someone else.

10. "Practice" psychology on yourself only - leave friends, relatives and other students to there own devices!


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Introduction to Course

1-15-08  Rapport exercises - getting to know each other.
1-17-08  Identifying areas of professional interest in the field.

Week 2: A Person Introduction to Theory - Chap 1
1-22-08  Discuss your reasons for choosing your profession, noting issues presented in textbook.
1-24-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 3: Theory in Context - Chap 2
1-29-08  Develop your own theory based on your personal preferences and knowledge gained from your psych
               courses to date.
1-31-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 4:  Theory in a Clinician's Life - Chap 3
2-05-08   List the most significant learning experiences, life lessons you have had in your life. 
2-07-08   Identify what forces and factors contributed to the moments. Discuss how as a therapist
               you would capitalize most on these elements that contribute to significant learning.

Week 5:  Psychodynamic Approaches: Look to the Past to Set You Free! - Chap 4
2-12-08  Analyze one of your own dreams, share with class.
2-14-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 6:  Humanistic Approaches: Personal Experience is ALL! Chap 5
2-19-08  Active Listening Exercise - practice with partner; use outside of class
               and share results.
2-21-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 7:  Cognitive Approaches: Thoughts Before Feelings - Chap 6
2-26-08  Process Situation Analysis Worksheet.
2-28-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 8:  Behavioral Approaches:  What is Learned Can Be Unlearned! - Chap 7
3-04-08  Learning to Be Assertive: The Rights Game - a behavioral experiential activity
3-06-08  Discuss study questions.

Week 9:  3-10- 08 to 3-14-08 - Spring Break - no class - relax!

Week 10:  Systemic Approaches: All in the Family - Chap 8
3-18-08    Family Scultpting Exercise & Genogram.
3-20-08    Discuss study questions

Week 11:  Brief Approaches: Problems & Approaches on the Spot! Chap 9
3-25-08     Problems with Brief approaches.
3-27-08     Discuss study questions.

Week 12:  New Theories on the Edge! - Chap 10
4-01-08     Expressive Arts Experiential Activities - art therapy & psychodrama activities.
4-03-08     Discuss study questions.

Week 13:  Integrative Approaches: Putting it All Together - Chap 11
4-08-08    Design Your Own Theraputic Model based on what has interested you from the various theories.
4-10-08    No Class - Presenting at ASGPPA National Conference in San Antonio, TX

Week 14:  Personal Custom Fitting for Clients & Settings - Chap 12
4-15-08    Showing off your stuff! Share Case Critiques Core Assessment Assignments - Discuss
4-17-08    

Week 15:  Review for  Final Exam
4-22- 08
4-24-08

Week 16: Final's Week - check University Schedule for times.

4-29-08
5-01-08




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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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