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Course Code: PSYC520 Course ID: 4042 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course explores the processes of normal and abnormal personality development and models of counseling and psychotherapy including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential approaches.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/2021 - 04/29/2022 05/02/2022 - 06/26/2022 May Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students completing this course will:
1. Examine the processes of normal and abnormal personality development as articulated by each major theory
2. Critique assessment techniques of particular theoretical models and implications for therapy
3. Assess the role of multicultural factors in the development of personality
4. Conceptualize psychotherapy orientations and techniques generated by each theory
5. Assess case study client problems from the viewpoint of each theory
6. Demonstrate APA style and writing skills commensurate with graduate level studies

Course Assignment Outline

Week 1: Forum

Week 2: Forum

Week 3: Forum & Assignment

Week 4: Mid-Term

Week 5: Forum

Week 6: Forum

Week 7: Forum & Assignment

Week 8: Final Exam

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS:

Graduate students will need to exhibit advanced level critical thinking; the ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. With the exception of forums, assignment submissions completed in a narrative essay or composition format may not be written in first or second person (“I” or “you”).

All assignments must follow the citation and reference style established by APA the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition

Include a title page with the following centered vertically and horizontally according to this format: Student Name, Date of Submission, Assignment Title, Course Name and Professor’s Name.

With the rare exception of briefly quoting specific statistical research findings, in which case the publication’s author and year date of publication must be properly cited with quoted material placed inside quotation marks, all paper content should be paraphrased (summarized in the student’s own words) with correct source citations properly formatted in APA style. The website http://owlenglish.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation.

Unless otherwise instructed, students may not use commercial websites as the basis for completion of any assignments. Encyclopedia websites, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, blogs or opinion slanted news media outlets, and commercial Internet sources such as Web MD or About.com may not be used for any writing assignment. Scholarly, peer-reviewed journals from the APUS Online Library must be used for assignment completion.

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

NOTE: Follow all instructions, grading rubric and due dates for each assignment.

Forums:

Due Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7.
Six weekly discussions are required. Instructions for completing them and a grading rubric are located under the “Discussion Guidelines” & “Rubric” link beneath each listed discussion. Because scholarly dialogue and related student interaction within a learning community are such essential aspects of online learning, participation is required and graded.

Midterm Exam: Due Week 4

The course midterm essay exam assesses students’ ability to apply knowledge gained in case studies in the weekly readings of Weeks 1 – 4 in the course. The exam, instructions and grading rubric are posted in the “Quizzes” in the classroom. Answers will be evaluated for the degree to which they exemplify advanced level critical thinking and knowledge application commensurate with graduate level studies.

Final Exam: Due Week 8

The course final essay exam assesses students’ ability to apply knowledge gained in case studies in the weekly readings of Weeks 5 – 8 in the course. The exam, instructions and grading rubric are posted in the “Quizzes” in the classroom. Answers will be evaluated for the degree to which they exemplify advanced level critical thinking and knowledge application commensurate with graduate level studies.

Annotated Bibliography: Due Week 3

Students will submit by the end of week 3 in a MS Word document attachment of an APA 7th Edition formatted Annotated Bibliography. This assignment needs to include a title page, a thesis statement, and at least 14 or more articles. Each article entry should include a brief summary of the article and critical analysis about the findings. This assignment must be written in your own words—copying or paraphrasing the article is not permitted.

Students will select at least 1 article for each of the following: Psychoanalysis, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Client Centered Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Positive Psychotherapy, Integrative Psychotherapy and Multicultural Theories. Each article must be evidence-based - meaning each is a report of findings arising from experimental research conducted by the article author[s] and not opinion articles or publications summarizing multiple research studies - peer-reviewed, and retrieved from the APUS online library.

This assignment needs to be in 7th edition APA format with a title page, a topic sentence, 14 or more peer reviewed articles with 1 from each theory listed above and a conclusion of what you learned.

Concept Map: Due Week 7

Students will select a Case Study to analyze and offer a treatment plan based on a theory reviewed during this course. Do not select a case that has been analyzed previously in the discussion forums or on an essay exam question. This assignment has two parts. Part I: The student will write at least a 250 – 300 word brief synopsis showing the following information: “name” of the client, age, when issue(s) began, presenting issues, treatment plan, theory to support this plan and when the treatment plan will be re-evaluated. Also, students will include any points noted in this case concerning inclusion, diversity and/or equality. At least 2 scholarly/peer reviewed references in 7th edition APA format will be required.

Students will need to formulate goals in the treatment plan using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound.

In Part II of this assignment, students will create a concept map that highlights only the key points/words of this analysis. Arrows will be used in the concept map to illustrate the connection with the client. While developing this assignment, students will do so as if they were going to summarize this case to review with the client from the case study.

Students completing this course will:
1. Examine the processes of normal and abnormal personality development as articulated by each major theory
2. Critique assessment techniques of particular theoretical models and implications for therapy
3. Assess the role of multicultural factors in the development of personality
4. Conceptualize psychotherapy orientations and techniques generated by each theory
5. Assess case study client problems from the viewpoint of each theory
6. Demonstrate APA style and writing skills commensurate with graduate level studies

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.