Psy 600 Week 1 Discussion

The topic I have chosen is forensic psychology, which is an area I have a deep interest in and possibly my pursue later on in my career. The article " Research Areas of Emphasis in Professional Psychology" has mentioned this topic as being one of the few that have received nearly the same degrees of emphasis, possibly reflecting that this topic with relative importance in practice (Piotrowski, 2012). 

Two potential research questions that could be examined more are:

1) Is there a general trend in the mental state of sexual offenders that targets children? 

Suggested research design to answer the question:

A survey will first be conducted among 45 convicts that are willing to participate.  With the results of this survey the participants will be further evaluated or interviews and psychological testing. 

The findings of this study would be able to be used as comparisons with past or future studies that are similar to know the evolution or to notice any significance difference that is found among these offenders.

2) Is there a prominent feature on the mental state of juvenile homicide offenders that continued on to be offenders as adults? 

Suggested research design to answer the question:

A psychological test will be conducted on 20 adult offenders with juvenile homicide records, and 20 adults with past juvenile homicide records for comparison to find common factors. 

A challenge that would be faced in this design is the willingness of the targeted population that would need to participate. Although, the findings may be able to find future repeat offenders. 

Reference

Piotrowski, C. Journal of Instructional Psychology;Jun.2012; 39, 2; ProQuest Central. pg. 131-134

Week 3 Discussion Mental Health Disciplines

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

 

Week 1 Discussion

The topic I have chosen is forensic psychology, which is an area I have a deep interest in and possibly my pursue later on in my career. The article " Research Areas of Emphasis in Professional Psychology" has mentioned this topic as being one of the few that have received nearly the same degrees of emphasis, possibly reflecting that this topic with relative importance in practice (Piotrowski, 2012). 

Two potential research questions that could be examined more are:

1) Is there a general trend in the mental state of sexual offenders that targets children? 

Suggested research design to answer the question:

A survey will first be conducted among 45 convicts that are willing to participate.  With the results of this survey the participants will be further evaluated or interviews and psychological testing. 

The findings of this study would be able to be used as comparisons with past or future studies that are similar to know the evolution or to notice any significance difference that is found among these offenders.

2) Is there a prominent feature on the mental state of juvenile homicide offenders that continued on to be offenders as adults? 

Suggested research design to answer the question:

A psychological test will be conducted on 20 adult offenders with juvenile homicide records, and 20 adults with past juvenile homicide records for comparison to find common factors. 

A challenge that would be faced in this design is the willingness of the targeted population that would need to participate. Although, the findings may be able to find future repeat offenders. 

Reference

Piotrowski, C. Journal of Instructional Psychology;Jun.2012; 39, 2; ProQuest Central. pg. 131-134

Week 3 Discussion Mental Health Disciplines

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

For this discussion I have chosen to review the websites for the American Art Therapy Association, the American Dance Therapy Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. The titles alone reveal a common theme amongst the three professional organizations represented in the websites; therapy through the arts. These types of therapies seek to help a person cope with their life challenges by means other than simply discussing their grievances. Though each of these therapies utilize an art form, they are each uniquely different. For instance, “art therapy is a mental help profession in which clients…use art…and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem” (American Art Therapy Association, 2014), “dance/movement therapy (DMT) uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” through movement…”(American Dance Therapy Association, 2009), and “Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals” (American Music Therapy Association, 2014). So even though the method of art is different, each of these methods encourages the individual to find their health through artistic self-expression. 

I think when asked “How would a professional in your organization contribute to the treatment of depression” a professional from the American Art Therapy Association would tell us that they have their clients draw/paint the way that their depression makes them feel, the way they feel when they are not depressed/what makes them happy, etc. I think that a professional from the American Dance Therapy Association would say that they would introduce the world of interpretive dance to a patient who is depressed. Having them dance a scene in which they go from happy, to depressed, and then overcome depression with happiness/contentment; they would do this both alone and in a group. Lastly, I think that a professional from the American Music Therapy Association would say that they would have a person with depression listen to and sing to upbeat/happy/positive music only and try to help to see how that music alters their moods and outlooks on life. 

Sources

American Art Therapy Association (2014). American Art Therapy Association. http://www.arttherapy.org/

American Dance Therapy Association. (2009). American Dance Therapy Association. Healing Through Movement. http://www.adta.org/

American Music Therapy Association. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. http://www.musictherapy.org/

 

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