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Ch 1: Overview of Psychotherapy

About This Chapter

The Overview of Psychotherapy chapter of this Psychotherapy Approaches: Help & Review course is the simplest way to get an overview of psychotherapy. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of psychotherapy.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering psychotherapy material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about psychotherapy. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding psychotherapy
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about psychotherapy (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about psychotherapy
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra learning resources to help you learn about psychotherapy

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Overview of Psychotherapy chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Overview of Psychotherapy chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any psychotherapy question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an overview of psychotherapy unit of a standard psychotherapy course. Topics covered include:

  • Types of professional counselors
  • Modern counseling challenges
  • Counseling intake and termination process
  • Working through a counseling relationship
  • Counseling theory and models
  • Assessment and treatment effectiveness in counseling
  • Psychodynamic and diathesis-stress approaches to abnormal psychology

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Psychotherapy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

1. Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

Who is considered a counselor? What distinguishes various professional counselors from one another? Is there a difference between paraprofessionals and non-professionals? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on counseling.

Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

2. Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

There are many types of mental health professionals, but all of them have certain duties and legal responsibilities. In this lesson, we'll look at the most common careers in mental health, as well as how some of the legal duties of mental health professionals have evolved over time.

Counseling Challenges in the New Millennium

3. Counseling Challenges in the New Millennium

The counseling field has seen a lot of changes in the new millennium. In this lesson, we will talk about three types of counseling that came about during this time and continue to grow today.

The Counseling Intake Process & Initial Interview

4. The Counseling Intake Process & Initial Interview

We will look at the counseling intake process as a person who is entering in counseling. Each step will be explained by a process we are all familiar with: medical doctor's office visits.

Testing and Assessment in Counseling: Types & Uses

5. Testing and Assessment in Counseling: Types & Uses

Why do counselors test their clients? What kind of assessments are out there? This lesson looks into these and other issues of testing and assessment.

The Middle Stages: Working Within The Counseling Relationship

6. The Middle Stages: Working Within The Counseling Relationship

This lesson explores the process and issues concerned with the middle stages of counseling, which occurs between a counselor and the client. Ways to handle issues are also discussed.

Termination During the Counseling Process: Function, Timing & Related Issues

7. Termination During the Counseling Process: Function, Timing & Related Issues

The process of counseling must eventually come to an end. This lesson explores the ways a termination may occur as well as minor ways to mitigate issues.

Measuring Psychological Treatment Effectiveness

8. Measuring Psychological Treatment Effectiveness

In this lesson we'll explore factors that contribute to treatment effectiveness in psychological treatment plans. We'll also analyze ways to assess effectiveness and the importance of doing so.

The Importance of Counseling Theory and Models

9. The Importance of Counseling Theory and Models

The importance of different theories in counseling practice is discussed in this lesson. Learn what evidence-based practice is and whether all theoretical models are used with each client.

Approaches to Abnormal Psychology: Psychodynamic Through Diathesis-Stress

10. Approaches to Abnormal Psychology: Psychodynamic Through Diathesis-Stress

There are seven major approaches to the treatment of mental illness. In this lesson, we'll examine each approach, as well as how they each explain and treat abnormal behavior, thoughts and emotions.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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