Questions and answer exercise – clinical psychology principles
This homework assignment is based on reading provided in class and no outside sources may be used. I can provide citations for all course cases that may be used in ansering these study questions. The professor likes very clearly written concise answers that leaves no component of the question unanswered.
Instructions: You should respond to the item as if this is a scholarly paper that you are writing. It is after all. You are the manuscript author. I am the reviewer. It is your job to summarize the ideas, concepts, or conclusions, from the handouts, discussions, and readings as applicable, citing the original authors as appropriate, and, if using quotations, doing so sparingly and presenting them as such. You should not need to consult alternative sources other than those from class. I am not interested in length per se, but evidence of your understanding and scholarly engagement with the material.
Email me your responses (single-spaced, 12-point font) by midnight-ish on Wednesday, April 20th.
Question 1 (20 points)
- Basem is a 13 year old who presented with significant symptoms of generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, and social anxiety. You have been treating him with Coping Cat. It is session 10, time to begin exposure. One of the ultimate goals is that he is able to learn to be at home alone for 30 minutes or so after school or when his parents are running errands. With that end goal in mind, describe a specific FEAR plan that you would want to practice with him during this first exposure session (i.e., What would the session look like? What would be accomplished?) Provide a rationale for your approach and choices.
Question 2 (20 points)
- Michael is a teen with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The severity level is low and there is no significant intellectual or language impairment. The presenting concern of Michael’s parents is about his social skills. They are specifically concerned about recent interactions involving verbal teasing from another boy. Describe how you would adapt the PEERS program methodology to teach Michael and his family how to respond to verbal teasing.
Question 3 (20 points)
- Provide a behavioral conceptualization of Tourette syndrome based on its phenomenology, especially the relation of premonitory urges and tics, showing how the analysis relates to the behavioral treatment of Tourette syndrome (describing the key components of the treatment), and summarize the efficacy of behavioral treatment for youth with specific reference to conclusions that can be drawn (or not) from Piacentini et al. (2010).
Answer question 4 (20 points)
- Using psychotropic medications to treat child problems is controversial. In the readings, videos, and class handouts we have examined the results of large-scale, NIMH funded, randomized controlled trials (i.e., MTA, TADS, POTS/POTS-II, CAMS) comparing a combination of medication plus cognitive-behavior/behavior therapy to either a medication alone and/or a C/BT monotherapy. Briefly summarize the results of each. Next, indicate what general conclusions (i.e., conclusions that seem to hold across studies) can be drawn from these trials about the relative efficacy of the various approaches? What would best practices look like, in general (i.e., across diagnoses), based on these data and what are the impediments to making standard clinical care comport with recommendations derived from the empirical literature.