For your Final Paper, you will demonstrate your knowledge of psychopathology and apply your
skills to a realistic scenario. Throughout this course, you have developed unique knowledge and
skill sets that will allow you to critically analyze depictions of psychopathology in popular media
and historical case examples from an informed point of view.Your Final Paper will be a psychological report that may be based on a character from a movie or a historical case study. Review the provided lists of movies and historical case studies that are approved for use in this assignment. You must choose from these lists. You may not use examples from your personal life in the psychological report since doing so would be unethical As you create this report, you will be taking on the role of a clinician who is conducting an assessment and providing treatment recommendations for a patient (a character from your selecte film or historical case study). Please note that a psychological report does not follow the same structure for reports you may have used in other courses. Your report must follow the format below and it must include each of the sections and their headings listed in this order:Identifying Information Within this section, you will describe basic information on your patient, including the person’s name, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, occupation, and location of residence (country, state, and region). Chief Complaint/Presenting Problem Within this section, you will include the patient’s primary complaint verbatim to identify the main source of his or her distress and/or concerns. If there is no verbatim complaint, include observable information to create an overall picture of the presenting problem.Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to address the following question What are the patient’s complaints? (e.g., the patient might complain about “feeling on edge” or experiencing stress)SymptomsWithin this section, you will interpret specific behavioral issues and intrapsychic conflicts as they relate to abnormal behavior, behavior patterns, maladaptive thought processes, and potential unconscious conflicts. Interpret and comment on the patient’s chief complaint and/or presenting problem in the context and language of the symptoms found in the DSM-5. (e.g., the patient who complains about "feeling on edge" might actually be experiencing symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.Personal HistoryWithin this section, you will analyze your patient’s personal background and history of abnormal behavior(s) that inform your diagnostic impression. You will also gather information about the patient’s cultural background and cultural norms.Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to answer the following questions(further elaboration within this section is encouraged where possible):Where did the patient grow up?What cultures did the patient experience throughout life?What was the patient’s school life like?What were his or her grades? What is his or her highest level of education?What is the patient’s interpersonal relationship history?What was/is the patient’s romantic relationship history?What was/is the patient’s friendship history?Family History Within this section, you will analyze the patient’s familial relationship(s) and identify any abnormalities that might affect future treatment. You will also integrate information about thepatient’s family and cultural background to identify any maladaptive behaviors and relational patterns.Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to answer the following questions(further elaboration within this section is encouraged where possible):How old were the patient’s parents when the patient was born?Who were the patient’s primary caregivers?What was/is family life like? (Include any information relevant to your diagnostic impression.)Did the family move often?What was/is the patient’s relationship with their siblings (if applicable)?What culture did/does the family come from?What belief systems are attached to that culture?Therapy HistoryWithin this section, you will describe the patient’s therapy history to inform your diagnosticimpression. Analyze the patient’s therapy history to identify the effectiveness of previous treatment(s). Analyze previous treatment interventions based on information and knowledge of the patient’s cultural background.Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to answer the following questionsWho was the previous therapist (if applicable)?How long did the previous therapy/therapies last?What was the patient’s diagnosis?What interventions did the therapist(s) use?Were those interventions appropriate for the patient’s culture?Was treatment successful?Medical Conditions: Within this section, you will analyze the patient’s medical history and comment on any possiblemedical conditions that could influence your diagnostic impression. Interpret specific behavioralissues as they relate to salient medical conditions. If the person has any medical conditions,indicate that in this section. Integrate information and knowledge about the patient’s cultural background as it affects treatment options for medical conditions.
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