NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
PTH 210 - PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THERAPY (2 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Focuses on the psychological reactions and behavioral changes in patients and their families. Emphasizes techniques of effective interaction between the allied health worker and the patient. Lecture 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is designed to help the student identify and interpret personal values, multicultural factors, developmental characteristics associated with age, and physical and psychosocial experiences, gender relationships, and the influence of acute, chronic and terminal illness which affect the intended client's clinical outcome. Emphasis is placed upon discrimination of important factors, internalizing knowledge of personal values/biases and constructing effective treatment relationships. Skills are applied to various groups including interaction between the allied health worker and clients, supervisors, and co-workers.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Prerequisites for this course are PSY 201 - "Introduction to Psychology I" and PTH 131 - "Clinical Education I".

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. analyze personality characteristics and personal values which he/she brings to the treatment setting
    2. given the personality characteristics and personal values, identify the contributions or barriers which he/she presents in the treatment setting
    3. structure change in his/her personal behavior to positively affect the treatment outcome
    4. considering developmental, cultural, age, etc., demonstrates and understanding and acceptance of the reactions of others to illness and disabilities
    5. develops skills and techniques of effective interaction in the therapeutic setting
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. Psychological self-assessment, e.g., Myers-Briggs analysis
    2. Values identification and clarification
    3. Psychological and sociological aspects of acute, chronic and terminal disease and illness
    4. Relationships and interactions in the therapeutic setting
    5. Interactions with developmental groups and special populations
    1. infants and school-age
    2. adolescents
    3. young adults
    4. middle age adults
    5. geriatrics
    6. chronically ill
    7. terminally ill
    8. disfigurement
    9. permanently disabled
    10. death and dying
EXTRA TOPICS (optional) Sex differences and gender influences Revised 9/98

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