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The DSM identifies many specific psychological disorders. While research has found that in general, no one type of therapy is substantially better than others, different treatments may be more appropriate for specific disorders. In this project, you are asked to choose a psychological disorder that is of interest to you. You will describe the disorder in detail, indicate what is known about its causes and progression, and identify a treatment or treatments that would be most appropriate.

As you complete this project, think about the following:

  • What do we know about psychological disorders and their treatment?
  • Which disorder am I interested in writing about?

At the end of this activity, you will:

  • Have a clear idea of what you will write about for the course project
  • Develop a treatment plan for the chosen disorder

At the end of Module 5 you will be required to submit a course project on psychological disorders and their treatment. You will be asked to choose one of the following:

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  3. Major Depressive Disorder
  4. Bipolar Disorder
  5. Schizophrenia

You should start thinking about which disorder you would like to cover. After choosing a disorder, read the associated module in the textbook and choose an appropriate therapy or therapies for that disorder from the following choices:

  1. Psychoanalysis
  2. Humanistic Therapy
  3. Behavioral Therapy (you may choose combined Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
  4. Cognitive Therapy (you may choose combined Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
  5. Drug Therapies

Use the Course Project pages in chapters 1 and 2 of the webtext to help you better understand this assignment. During Module 2, submit a 1 to 3 paragraph proposal indicating which disorder and therapies you plan to write about. Note that you will be required to submit an outline for your paper during Module 3.

Please remember that for maximum points, you need to support your proposal with appropriate references and citations. be sure to list one or two references for sources you plan to use in your project, and properly cite and reference them in APA style.

When your proposal is completed and you have proofread it thoroughly and checked spelling and grammar, submit it as a file in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format through the drop box for the Course Project Proposal. Check back in 2 to 3 days to see if it has been approved and if the instructor has made any comments or suggestions.

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Submit Assignment” in the upper right corner. Click on “Browse,” browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to the Browse button. Enter your comments, if any, in the Comments area. Click on “Submit Assignment.”


This assignment will be graded using the rubric displayed below. Please review this rubric prior to beginning your work. You can also access the rubric on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. Collectively, the course project is worth 20% of your final course grade.

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