Chapter 14: Treating Psychological Disorders


Exercises: Read, Listen & Learn

Exercises: Read & Learn


Exercises: Do & Think

  1. Biomedical Treatments: Crash Course Psychology #36 – A quick look at how we can evaluate the effectiveness of different therapies. 14.1: Biomedical Treatments ( uploaded by CrashCourse on October 27, 2014.
  2. Pop Psych: the Best (and Worst) TV Therapists of 2016 
    Sometimes we can learn what makes a good teacher by watching a bad one at work – the same is true with therapists. Many TV shows feature therapists, this article spotlights some of the good ones and some of the bad. Watch the shows and see if you can identify what the “good” therapists have in common (http://www.observercom/2016/12/pop-psych-the-best-and-worst-tv-therapists-of-2016/).
  3. Watch this video, Getting Help – Psychotherapy: Crash Course Psychology #35, then see if you can answer the questions a through d (

Video 14.1: Getting Help – Psychotherapy ( uploaded by Crash Course.

a. Humanistic based therapy would be most likely to focus on:
i) personal growth
ii) early childhood experiences
iii) unconscious feelings
vi) unconscious behaviour

b.Free association and dream analysis would most likely be used by a(n):
i) behaviorist
ii) psychoanalyst
iii) humanist
vi) rationalist

c. Which of these is the odd one out?
i) Pavlov
ii) Thorndike
iii) Skinner
vi) Maslow

d. Client centred therapy was developed by:
i) Freud
ii) Jung
iii) Rogers
vi) Skinner

e. Cognitive therapy tends to focus on:
i) what people dream about
ii) what people think
iii) how people behave
vi) people’s physiological state

Answers for 3: a. i  |  b.  ii  |  c. vi  |  d. iii  |  e. ii


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