Psychodynamic Therapies Discussion

Psychodynamic Therapies Discussion

Psychodynamic Therapies Discussion

Application:Comparison — Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapies

As you think about how cognitive-behavioral therapies compare to short-term psychodynamic therapies, it is important to keep in mind their respective theoretical perspectives. Each has a different view of personality, human development, observable behavior, motivations, intervention strategies, and defined measurable outcomes. However, you will find there are also common features.

To prepare for this assignment:

If necessary, review the Resources from Weeks 3 and 4 to refresh your understanding of the basic tenets of short-term psychodynamic therapy. Then think about basic perspectives of personality and psychopathology through the lens of short-term dynamic psychotherapy.

Review the Resources from this week, thinking about the same issues through the lens of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Consider the similarities and differences between short-term psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Consider how these therapies (short-term dynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral) address the conceptualization of client issues and the selection of clinical interventions.

The assignment: (2–3 pages)

Submit a paper comparing the similarities and differences between cognitive-behavioral and short-term psychodynamic therapies.

Include in your comparison, issues concerning the role of the therapist, the presence or absence of “free choice,” the role of emotion, and the role of cognition.

Having made the comparison, state what new insights you have about either or both therapies.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course. Keep in mind the importance of using empirically supported research to support your points of view.

Please use APA format and add references

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

 

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