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Treatment in Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this chapter, our instructors will explain the different types of therapies used to address abnormal behaviors in human beings. In addition to individual and group therapies, they'll talk about psychiatric drugs, which can affect the chemical composition of the brain and central nervous system, and how they are used to alleviate or suppress psychotic symptoms. They'll also talk about the controversial use of biological therapies, such as brain surgery or electrical shock treatments. You'll also find out how individuals learn in a social context by modeling and observing the behavior of other people. After completing this chapter, you should be able to discuss the following:
- Social learning as a therapeutic approach
- Community mental health and approaches to treatment
- Issues related to the treatment of abnormal behaviors
|Individual Therapy||Learn how individual therapy works for patients with abnormal psychological issues.|
|Group Therapy||Understand the mehcanics and benefits of group therapy.|
|Psychiatric Drugs||See how different types of psychiatric drugs can help with different mental health issues.|
|Biological Therapy||Discover what biological therapy is and how it works.|
|Social Learning||Understand social learning as an approach to mental health treatments.|
|Community Approaches||Take a look at specific approaches to treatment, including community mental health, crisis intervention, deinstitutionalization and prevention.|
|Treatment Effectiveness||Explore how psychologists and other mental health professionals measure treatment effectiveness.|
|Issues for Treatment||Examine issues associated with mental health treatments, such as cultural and ethnic factors, effectiveness, efficacy and empirical validation.|
1. Individual Therapy: Psychodynamic, Cognitive & Behavioral
What are the different approaches to individual therapy? In this lesson, we'll watch as Mary tries to find the type of individual therapy that works best for her. Will she be able to overcome her problems? Let's find out!
2. Group Therapy: Definition, Uses & Types
When an individual has personal problems they want to work on with the help of a professional therapist, they don't necessarily have to do it one-on-one. They could benefit from group therapy instead. When is group therapy a good option?
3. Overview of Psychiatric Drugs: History, Types & Uses
Have you ever been curious about how psychiatric drugs work, or more specifically, which psychiatric drugs are used for which disorders? This lesson outlines some common psychiatric disorders and how various medications are used to treat and subdue psychotic symptoms.
4. Biological Therapy for Psychological Problems: Definition & Examples
Do you think psychological problems can be fixed with electric shocks or brain surgery? Find out more about biological treatments for mental problems and the controversial role they played in treating patients.
5. What is Social Learning in Abnormal Psychology Treatment?
In this lesson, we'll examine the effect that society has on individuals by looking at how social learning theory can explain the cause and treatment of some mental disorders.
6. Community Approaches to Mental Health Treatment: Prevention & Intervention
How are people with mental illnesses treated? In this lesson, we'll look at community mental health initiatives aimed at helping people prevent and get treatment for psychological disorders.
7. 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.
8. Issues in Mental Health Treatment: Cultural Factors, Effectiveness & Empirical Validation
Although psychological treatment continues to improve, there are still some issues in this area. In this lesson, we'll look closer at cultural factors that affect treatment and the difficulty of proving treatment effectiveness via empirical validation.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology course
- Intro to Abnormal Psychology
- Clinical Research for Abnormal Psychology
- The Biological Model of Abnormality
- The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior
- The Diathesis-Stress Model
- Clinical Assessment in Abnormal Psychology
- Introduction to Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology
- Stress Disorders
- Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Dissociative Disorders in Psychology
- Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Cognitive Disorders
- Lifespan Development Disorders
- Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Factitious Disorders
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology
- Studying for Psychology 106