History, Assessment, and Therapy

  • Psychological Disorders: History of Mental Illness

    The Discovery Channel provides a brief history of mental illness. What are the different types of mental illness discussed in the clip? What reasons were given for mental illness or madness? What happened in 1951 that reduced symptoms of schizophrenia to allow sufferers to be accepted in society?

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  • Lobotomy PBS documentary on Walter Freeman

    [Video contains some disturbing images] PBS shows Walter Freeman and his experiments with lobotomies and how it was used in the treatment of mental disorders. Thorazine, however, was marketed as a chemical lobotomy and offered a safer solution to surgery. What were the various conditions Freeman treated with a lobotomy? How many lobotomies did Freeman perform before being stripped of…

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  • Rorschach Test by Adam Lore

    In this brief film, Adam Lore sets 10 of Roschachs original inkblot plates to music. Visit the Fox Illinois website regarding the controversy over the availability of this reference testing on the internet. What concerns do psychologists have considering the way in which a Roschach test should be administered?

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  • Remembering Columbine

    10 years later, CBS news reports commemorate the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School. Patrick Ireland discusses his experiences amidst the chaos created by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who murdered 12 classmates and 1 teacher and wounded 2 dozen others before committing suicide. What coping strategies are necessary to overcome such a tragedy? What is Rachels Challenge?

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  • Person-Centered Therapy

    The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) provides an example of person-centered therapy. The counselor in this clip attempts to build a relationship with her client in order to make him more comfortable discussing difficult issues. The client discusses his marital difficulties. What does the counselor do after the client explains the specific issues? In other words, how does she…

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  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) provides an example of cognitive behavior therapy. Marcia explains that she feels overwhelmed with school, work, and her upcoming wedding. She keeps telling the counselor that shes there because she wants to leave school. What is included on the list that the counselor hands to Marcia? What does the counselor do to help…

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  • Personality Inventories

    Intelecom covers personality assessment tests, its origins, test items, and purposes. Personality inventories have become an increasingly common assessment tool in determining the basic underlying dimensions of an individual’s personality. The use of these inventories may help a person understand and utilize their abilities. What place do personality inventories and assessment tests have in the workplace? In psychological assessments?

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