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PSYC520 - Personality and Counseling Theories

Course Details

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 Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 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 forums are required. Instructions for completing them and a grading rubric are located under the “View Full Description” link beneath each listed forum. 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 “Tests & Quizzes” tab 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 “Tests & Quizzes” tab 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.

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.

Literature Review: Due Week 7

Students will select and write about one theory/therapy that has been studied in this course. Then, research and write a 10 or more page paper (not including the title or Reference pages) summarizing at least 8 or more evidence based (meaning reports of findings arising from experimental research conducted by the article author[s] and not opinion articles or publications summarizing multiple research studies), peer-reviewed articles may be retrieved from the APUS online library. This assignment needs to be in APA 7th edition with a title page, introduction that includes a clearly written topic sentence, 10 or more pages of content, a conclusion and references. These summaries must not be merely one summary after another with no meaningful connections between them, but rather the paper should integrate and demonstrate clearly how the summaries are logically related to one another in a coherent and well-articulated literature review.

NameGrade %
Assignments 32.00 %
Annotated Bibliography (Week 3) 16.00 %
Literature Review Paper (Week 7) 16.00 %
Forums 36.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.00 %
Week 2 Forum 6.00 %
Week 3 Forum 6.00 %
Week 5 Forum 6.00 %
Week 6 Forum 6.00 %
Week 7 Forum 6.00 %
Exams 32.00 %
Midterm Exam 16.00 %
Final Exam 16.00 %
Book Title: Current Psychotherapies, 10th ed.
Author: Wedding and Corsini
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781285083711
Book Title: Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 7th ed.
Author: Wedding and Corsini
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781285175232
Book Title: The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email booklist@apus.edu for confirmation of the start month.
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: APUPOTI4

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.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.