This purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to explore the psychotherapeutic relationship in great depth as it is portrayed on screen. For this assignment please write a 5-7 page (not including the title page and references page) paper. In this paper, please analyze a character’s illness and treatment from the perspective of a psychotherapist.
Formatting Reminder: You are expected to format your paper according to APA formatting guidelines. Please see the APA resources folder in our classroom for additional resources and tools for help in preparing your paper. Be sure to cite your sources accordingly, to avoid plagiarism in your formal written assignments.
You are required to include discussion of:
(a) The character’s diagnosis in terms of the DSM-IV
(b) A brief discussion of the apparent etiology of the character’s symptoms, and
(c) An in-depth analysis of the treatment prescribed for the character in terms of theoretical perspective: psychoanalytic, client-centered, gestalt, and behavior therapy.
Which perspective(s) is(are) being represented in the film? Does the treatment seem to be effective? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? What, if any, alternative approach would the student recommend?
Here is a list of films you can choose from:
- David and Lisa (1962)
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next (1975)
- Ordinary People (1980)
- Sybil (1977)
- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
- Awakenings (1990)
If you would like to choose a film not included on this list, please let me know and I will review the choice for you.
NOTE RE: PAPER: You are expected to turn the PAPER in by the due date depositing it in the appropriate section in the ASSIGNMENT DROPBOX FOLDER on the course website. Papers WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after that deadline by 1100 PM. Please label your document with your last name and the name of the assignment like this, FERNANDEZ_paper.doc. Format for papers must be in Microsoft word format.That means ONLY.doc OR .docx files . NO EXCEPTIONS! Please do not submit papers using .wps (wordperfect), some type of compressed MSWord file, wordpad, .pdf or ANY OTHER FILE FORMATS. Papers with the wrong Format will receive mandatory minimum 10 point deduction.