Introduction: Psychotherapy and Biomedical Therapy
1. Explain the differences between psychotherapy and biomedical therapies.
2. Identify the difference types of metal health professionals.
3. Discuss the basic assumptions and techniques of traditional psychoanalysis.
4. Contrast the views of Carol Rogers and Sigmund Freud on the sources of psychological problems and the therapistís proper role.
5. Describe the basic assumptions and techniques of client-centered therapy, listing the therapeutic qualities needed for positive changes to occur.
6. Contrast the basic assumptions and goals of behavior therapy with those of psychodynamic and humanistic therapies.
7. Identify Mary Cover Jones and describe the techniques she developed to treat a childís fear of animals.
8. Discuss therapy techniques that are based on classical conditioning principles, including systematic desensitization, and aversive conditioning.
9. Describe the use of operant conditioning principles in therapy, including positive reinforcement, extinction, shaping, and token economies.
10. Contrast the basic assumptions and goals of behavior therapy and cognitive therapies.
11. Explain the ABC model in Albert Ellisís rational-emotive therapy (RET), identify common irrational beliefs, and describe the techniques used to produce therapeutic changes.
12. Explain the basic assumptions of cognitive-behavioral therapy, stating how it differs from the other cognitive therapies, and describe the techniques used to produce therapeutic change.
Group and Family Therapy
13. Describe the basic assumptions and approach of group therapy, and list some of the advantages of group therapy as compared to individual therapy.
14. Identify the assumptions and goals of family therapy and couple therapy, and describe the treatment strategies that are used.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
15. Summarize the research findings on the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
16. Explain the common factors that contribute to effective psychotherapies, and discuss what eclecticism means in psychotherapy.
17. Identify the cultural values that are inherent in Western psychotherapy, and explain how they can clash with the values of other cultures.
18. Discuss how antipsychotic medications work, disadvantages of the early antipsychotic medications and advantages of the atypical antipsychotic medications.
19. Explain how antianxiety medications typically work and note their potential dangers.
20. Discuss the use of lithium as treatment of bipolar disorder,.
21. Identify the five categories of antidepressant medications, explain how they work, and list some of the potential side effects associated with their use.
22. Describe the findings of a study using PET scans to compare the effects of antidepressants and psychotherapy on brain functioning in depression.