Unit 13 - Treatment


Module 70

Introduction to Therapy

• What does it mean to be mentally well?

Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapy

• Can mental illnesses be treated by exploring our unconscious?

Humanistic Therapies

• How important are listening and support to effective therapy?

Module 71

Behavior Therapies

• How can we unlearn maladaptive behaviors?

Cognitive Therapies

• How can changing our thoughts change our maladaptive behavior?

Group and Family Therapies

• How important are family members and other people to effective therapy?

Module 72

Evaluating Psychotherapies

• How do we know a therapy is effective?

Preventing Psychological Disorders

• How do we prevent mental illness?

Module 73

Drug Therapies

• Are drug therapies effective?

Brain Stimulation

• How does altering the brain’s electrochemistry affect mental health?


• How important to our mental health are different parts of the brain?

Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

• How important is it to change our lifestyles to promote mental health?


A. Group Dynamics

B. Attribution Processes

C. Interpersonal Perception

D. Conformity, Compliance, Obedience

E. Attitudes and Attitude Change

F. Organizational Behavior

G. Aggression/Antisocial Behavior

H. Cultural Influences

This section of the course provides students with an understanding of empirically based treatments of psychological disorders. The topic emphasizes descriptions of treatment modalities based on various orientations in psychology. AP students in psychology should be able to do the following:

• Describe the central characteristics of psychotherapeutic intervention.

• Describe major treatment orientations used in therapy (e.g., behavioral, cognitive, humanistic) and how those orientations influence therapeutic planning.

• Compare and contrast different treatment formats (e.g., individual, group).

• Summarize effectiveness of specific treatments used to address specific problems.

• Discuss how cultural and ethnic context influence choice and success of treatment (e.g., factors that lead to premature termination of treatment).

• Describe prevention strategies that build resilience and promote competence. • Identify major figures in psychological treatment (e.g., Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, Sigmund Freud, Mary Cover Jones, Carl Rogers, B. F. Skinner, Joseph Wolpe).

Unit Articles

Unit Videos

Crash Course Episode #35 - Getting Help

Crash Course Episode #36 - Biomedical Treatments


Module 70

Introduction to Therapy, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapy and Humanistic Therapies

Module 71

Behaviour Therapies, Cognitive Therapies and Group and Family Therapies

Module 72

Evaluating Psychotherapies and Preventing Psychological Disorders

Module 72

Evaluating Psychotherapies and Preventing Psychological Disorders