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PSYCH 51 Complete Course
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 1
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 3
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 4
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 5
PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 6
PSYCH 515 Week 1 Individual Introductory Case Study
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 1
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 3
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 4
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 5
PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 6
PSYCH 515 Week 2 Individual Critical Issue Analysis
PSYCH 515 Week 3 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 3 DQ 3
PSYCH 515 Week 3 DQ 4
PSYCH 515 Week 3 Individual Critical Issue Analysis
PSYCH 515 Week 3 Learning Team Case Study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PSYCH 515 Week 4 DQ 1

PSYCH 515 Week 4 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 5 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 5 Individual Critical Issue Analysis
PSYCH 515 Week 5 Learning Team Case Study Borderline Personality Disorder
PSYCH 515 Week 6 DQ 1
PSYCH 515 Week 6 DQ 2
PSYCH 515 Week 6 DQ 3
PSYCH 515 Week 6 DQ 4
PSYCH 515 Week 6 DQ 5
PSYCH 515 Week 6 Individual Critical issue Analysis
PSYCH 515 Week 6 Learning Team Case Study Attention Deficit Disorder
PSYCH 515 Week 6 Learning Team Case Study Paranoid Schizophrenia
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 1
Define the Biological and Cognitive-Behavioral Viewpoints (or perspectives) of Abnormality and
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these models to understand and treat
abnormal behavior.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 2
According to this week’s readings, what are the basic elements in clinical assessment? Provide an
example of how the theoretical orientation of the clinician can influence the results of clinical
assessment.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 3
Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness
Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discusses a contemporary
framework for understanding mental disorders.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 4
Alternative Perspective on Mental Illness
Theoretical perspectives can influence the labels that are used to describe the individuals that
clinicians treat. Many psychologists prefer to call the people they treat clients instead of patients
because the term patient has a sick connotation. Likewise, some clinicians prefer to treat
problems in living rather than mental illnesses or mental disorders. While these terms might
seem like mere semantic distinctions, they have political and sociocultural implications. One label
that is often used in the treatment of severe mental disorders is that of disease. I find it important
to remember that the disease perspective is but one perspective among other competing models.
Some theorists and clinicians would argue against this perspective, or at least delimit some
disorders to the realm of disease (e.g., dementia) and others to realm of behavioral disorders (e.g.,
ADHD). Once upon a time, many years ago, my psychopharmacology professor (an MD
psychiatrist) made the comment that, many clinicians treat anxiety as if it was a Valium
deficiency. Fast forwarding to the current day, perhaps we can say that depression is frequently
treated as if it was a Prozac (or Pristiq) deficiency. My point is this: When medical treatments are

used to treat mental disorders, these disorders are easily classified as medical diseases. This
reminds me of a saying: If the only tool you have is a hammer, you go about treating all problems
as if they were nails. For a very provocative ‘classic’ anti-medical establishment perspective on
mental illness, you might want to consider reading the book The Myth of Mental Illness by
Thomas Szasz, MD. My intention in sharing this perspective is not to promote it, but rather to
expand your perception about how labels are a natural extension of a particular theoretical
orientation, which has major implications for how we view and treat people with abnormal
behavior. Here is a brief video excerpt of Dr. Szasz presenting his ideas. On a personal note, I had
the honor of accompanying Dr. Szasz from the Philadelphia airport to my undergraduate college,
where he gave a talk. On September 8, 2012, he died at the age of 92.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 5
Self disclosure from clinician to client/patient occurs in therapy and clinical assessment. There
are various types of self disclosure, which are reviewed by this video.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 DQ 6
As you know from this week’s readings, the DSM is the diagnostic manual that is widely used by
mental health clinicians. Most, if not all insurance companies require clinicians to submit a DSM
diagnosis in order for the clinician to be reimbursed. Because the DSM is so popular, in some
professional circles it has become an object of controversy, even condemnation. Regardless of
one’s attitudes about the DSM, I believe that it’s important to consider alternate perspectives that
are grounded in a critical analysis of this significant document.
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PSYCH 515 Week 1 Individual Assignment Introductory
Case Study

Jim is a 48-year-old Caucasian male who is often described as a loner. For the past 15 years, Jim
has maintained steady employment as a technical writer for a mid-size publishing company. Jim
lives in a one bedroom apartment and pays his bills on time. He has never married, has no
children and expresses little interest in interpersonal relationships or friendships. Although his
parents and brother live in the same city as Jim, he sees them only on major holidays. He does
not seem interested in deepening these relationships. In his leisure time, Jim engages in solitary
pursuits such as reading and computer games. He lives life ‘under the radar’ and prefers it that
way claiming that social interactions have never been all that satisfying to him. Others describe
Jim as socially awkward. He often misses social cues which can make others feel uncomfortable.
For example, he may continue talking when others give cues that it is time to end a conversation.
He has also been known to express his opinions on things in a ‘brutally honest’ way. These
behaviors have isolated Jim socially and interfered with his ability to form lasting friendships. He
appears to be oblivious to his social mistakes, having only a vague understanding of particular
social interactions as ‘going well’ or ‘not going well.’ Jim acknowledges that he may seem ‘a little
different’ to others but this doesn’t bother him in the least. He appears more or less indifferent to
the opinions of others.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following questions:
Is Jim’s behavior abnormal? Use the six primary elements of abnormal behavior, outlined in
Chapter 1 of Abnormal Psychology, to answer this question.
Explain which of these six elements is incorporated into the DSM-IV Definition of Mental
Disorders that is reviewed within Chapter 1, Table 1.1.
Would Jim have a ‘mental disorder’ according to the DSM-IV definition? Why or why not?
Explain. Do not provide a DSM diagnosis. Instead, compare Jim to the DSM-IV Definition of
Mental Disorders that is reviewed within Chapter 1, Table 1.1.
Analyze the pros and cons of having a classification system such as the DSM-IV. In your analysis,
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of applying a classification system for abnormal
behavior to “Jim”, the subject of your case study

Review the Introductory Case Study Tips.
Format according to APA standards, with a Title Page, in-text reference citations, and a Reference
List.
Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 1
What is stress tolerance? According to this week’s readings (and/or other scholarly information
sources), what factors are associated with an individual’s ability to cope with stress? How do
these factors contribute to the ability to cope with stress?
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 2
Describe the symptoms of a specific DSM-IV-TR Anxiety Disorder
disorder in your discussion). What are the
(please note that causal factors are
modalities

not

causal factors

(include the name of this

associated with this disorder?

symptoms) Discuss the

most effective treatment

(specific medications and specific forms of therapy, as applicable) for this disorder

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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 3
Autogenic Training for Stress Management
Autogenic training is the oldest Western method of self-regulation. However, because it originated
in Germany, much of the research has been published in Europe and in Japan, resulting in many

clinicians not being familiar with it. Here is a link to an audio program on Autogenic Training that
I created for an article I wrote on the subject of mind-body methods and cardiovascular disease.
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 4
Cardiovascular Disease and the Mind-Body Connection
Contemporary research reveals that the quality of the mind-body connection can contribute to
cardiovascular disease and its treatment and prevention.
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 5
How to Deal with a Panic Attack
Psychologist Steven Hayes, Ph.D. offers words of wisdom for dealing with Panic Attacks. Dr.
Hayes is the principle creator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an empirically
validated therapy that uses acceptance, mindfulness, and commitment to core values as
therapeutic processes. One ACT acronym that can be applied to anxiety and many other
psychological problems is “Accept all experiences”, “Commit to core values”, and “Take action”. In
other words, ACT. For those who would like to learn more about him, I have included a link to Dr.
Hayes’ website. On a personal note, I had the honor of being a co-author in a book on
mindfulness that Dr. Hayes also co-authored. I finally met him a few years ago at a conference,
and liked his down-to-earth style. He freely discusses his past struggles with panic and anxiety.
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 DQ 6
Avoidance, Stress, and Mindfulness
In my psychotherapy practice, I often use mindfulness meditation and related methods as a
therapeutic intervention to help individuals face their distressing inner and outer experiences.
Mindfulness also has implications for immune system functioning. Mindfulness can be defined as
“awareness of present experience, with acceptance” (Germer, 2005). To my clients, I might
suggest that they pay close attention to their thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to become
more aware. As the great cultural icon Yogi Berra once said, “you can see a lot by just looking”.
Mindfulness involves more than present-centered awareness. It involves a certain set of attitudes
such as acceptance, patience, gentleness, openness, non-judgement, and non-striving. The “nonstriving” attitude is challenging for many people because most of us have been taught (i.e.,
“conditioned”) to believe that there is something “better” to attain. The paradox for many people is
that when they “try to be at peace”, they set up an opposition to being peaceful. When facilitating
select clients in mindfulness I sometimes state, “don’t try to relax…just allow yourself to be
present, open, and accepting to whatever you are experiencing.” When they stop trying to relax
and stay open and accepting to what they’re experiencing, many times they end up feeling deeply
relaxed! There are now several research-validated therapies that integrate the process of
mindfulness. Mindfulness can be practiced as an in-the-moment awareness exercise and also as
a formal meditation practice. “Mindfulness meditation involves two basic elements: concentration
(e.g., on the breath) to focus and stabilize the mind and body; and open, nonjudgmental
awareness that observes the passing of thoughts, feelings, images and sensations (Kabat-Zinn
1993).” References Cammarata L. (2009). Cardiovascular disease and the mind-body connection.
IDEA Fitness Journal, Vol. 6 (6), 40-46. Germer, C.K. (2005). Mindfulness. In C.K. Germer, R.D.
Siegel, & P.R. Fulton (Eds.) Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (pp. 3-27). New York: The Guilford
Press.
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PSYCH 515 Week 2 Individual Assignment Critical Issue
Analysis
Analyze Issue 3: Is Psychological Debriefing a Harmful Intervention for Survivors of Trauma?
located in the Taking Sides text.
Answer the questions directly upon the Critical Issue Analysis Template, and include an APA
formatted Title Page, in-text reference citations, and a Reference List. As part of your analysis,
evaluate contemporary research associated with your selected critical issue. For question 7, it is
highly recommended that you conduct a research review using scholarly research from sources
external to the critical issue analysis article.
Review the Tips and Grading Rubric for this assignment.
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PSYCH 515 Week 3 DQ 1
What is the general definition of Mood Disorders? Describe the symptoms of a specific DSM-IV-TR
Mood Disorder (include the name of this disorder in your discussion). Name and discuss the most
effective research-validated treatments for this disorder, including

specific medications

and

specific forms of therapy .
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PSYCH 515 Week 3 DQ 2
What is the general definition of Somatoform Disorders? Define and describe

one

of the

following Somatoform Disorders: Hypochondriasis, Somatization Disorder, Pain Disorder,
Conversion Disorder,

or

Body Dysmorphic Disorder. What are the most effective treatments

for this disorder (specific therapies and specific medications, as applicable)?
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