PSYC 355 Spring 2015 Psychotherapy: Theory and Research

Psychotherapy is a young, barely 100-year old psychological endeavor which attempts to promote change and healing through social interaction. How can it be that talking with a psychotherapist can help people change -- emotionally, cognitively, and/or behaviorally -- and how exactly does it help people achieve relief from psychological disorders and problems? In this course, we will study some of the key approaches to psychotherapy by examining the theories and scientific research that surround them, and considering theory and research in juxtaposition. This will be accomplished by a close reading and critical analysis of primary source theoretical papers, the "raw data" (videotapes and transcripts) of therapy sessions, case studies, and contemporary empirical research on the outcomes and change processes of psychotherapy. Students will learn how to evaluate the efficacy claims of both standard and new therapies and how to evaluate claims about the mechanisms by which those therapies work. Current controversies in psychotherapy and psychotherapy research will be addressed and debated as well. All students will design and conduct an empirical research project based on the course material.
Class Format: empirical lab course
Requirements/Evaluation: two short position papers, occasional one-page response and a written/oral report of research
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Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 252
Enrollment Preference: Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSYC Area 5 - Clinical Psychology,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3672
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PSYC 355 - 01 (S) SEM Psychotherapy: Theory & Resrch Division 2: Social Studies Laurie Heatherington
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM 3672
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