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Ch 27: Theories of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Theories of Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the strengths and weaknesses of the important models of abnormal psychology in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Theories of Abnormal Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories Psychoanalysis and psychopathology; How the psychodynamic model works; abnormal psychology
Tuesday Humanistic-existential and behavioral/learning models Applying these models to understanding psychopathology; strengths and weaknesses
Wednesday The biological model Genetics and evolution; biological abnormalities
Thursday The sociocultural model; mental illness Abnormal functioning; strengths and weaknesses; causes and explanations of mental illness
Friday The cognitive model How it works, A-B-C theory

14 Lessons in Chapter 27: Theories of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans
Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory

1. Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory

Here, we will explore the basic tenants of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories as they relate to psychopathology. Two techniques for treatment are also explored briefly.

The Psychodynamic Model and Abnormal Functioning

2. The Psychodynamic Model and Abnormal Functioning

There are many ways to view the causes and treatments of psychological disorders. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the psychodynamic model of psychology and its benefits and drawbacks.

Assessing the Psychodynamic Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

3. Assessing the Psychodynamic Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

When people think about psychology, many immediately think of Sigmund Freud. But, how good were his ideas? In this lesson, we'll look at the psychodynamic model of psychology and its strengths and weaknesses.

Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory

4. Humanistic Approach to Psychopathology Theory

Here, we look at what gave rise to humanism and some of the field's basic ideas. We will also look into how humanism views psychopathology, as well as how it treats it.

Assessing the Humanistic-Existential Model: Strengths and Limitations

5. Assessing the Humanistic-Existential Model: Strengths and Limitations

Much of psychology focuses on the negative parts of human experience, but the humanistic-existential model of psychology looks at the positive potential of humans. In this lesson, we'll look at the strengths and weaknesses of the model.

The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

6. The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

What causes mental illness? Why do some people have psychological problems, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll look at one theory of abnormal psychology, the behavioral model.

Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy

7. Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy

Behavioral therapy is a popular way to treat certain psychological disorders. But how well does it work? And is it the best choice? In this lesson, we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral model of abnormality.

Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution

8. Sources of Biological Abnormalities: Genetics & Evolution

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health. How do elements like genetics and evolution play a role in psychology? In this lesson, we'll look closer at how genetics and evolution can affect mental illness.

Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

9. Assessing the Biological Model: Strengths and Weaknesses

What causes mental illness? Some psychologists believe that psychological disorders are caused by physical problems. In this lesson, we'll assess the strengths and limitations of the biological model of abnormality.

The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning

10. The Sociocultural Model and Abnormal Functioning

There are many theories on what causes psychological issues. In this lesson, we'll explore the sociocultural model of abnormality, including what it is, what some key components of the theory are, and how sociocultural theorists treat abnormality.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Sociocultural Model

11. Strengths and Weaknesses of the Sociocultural Model

How much of an impact do society and culture have on mental illness? Proponents of the sociocultural model believe that they play a major part. But there are both strengths and weaknesses of this model, which we'll examine in this lesson.

Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

12. Physiological Causes & Explanations for Mental Illness

There are many factors that can affect a person's mental health, including physiological issues. In this lesson, we'll look at three major physical causes of psychological problems: infection, malnutrition, and metal poisoning.

The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

13. The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

Everyone has thoughts and beliefs. But how do those thoughts affect your mental health? In this lesson, we'll seek an answer to that question in the cognitive model of abnormal psychology and look closer at the A-B-C theory of processing.

Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses

14. Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses

The cognitive model of abnormality blames a person's thoughts for their psychological problems. But what makes it better than other psychological models? In this lesson, we'll look at the strengths and limitations of the cognitive model.

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