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Explain how the use of substances alters a person’s state of consciousness

Explain how the use of substances alters a person’s state of consciousness, including depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Include in this explanation what happens to the neurotransmitters and body chemicals as well as how you might recognize whether a person at work or in your family is in an altered state of consciousness due to the influence of drugs.

  • This question has five parts. One of the cornerstones of Freudian theory is the concept of the unconscious not to be confused with the state of being knocked unconscious by a blow to the head or an altered state of consciousness. (a) What did Freud mean by the concept of the unconscious? (b) When is it beneficial for much of our behavior to be unconscious? (c) When is it not beneficial? (d) If much of our behavior is unconscious, can you recognize unconscious behavior in yourself and in others? (e) How would you know behavior was unconsciously driven? Refer Back to Chapter 13, which we studied in Week 6.
  • Group think is a concept that involves individuals abandoning their critical senses and agreeing to group process even when they know it will have disastrous consequences. (Challenger disaster, Enron, Iraq war, etc.). Your will encounter these pressures in your work life and need to be prepared. Have you ever done something in a group that you would not have done if you were alone? What happened? How did you feel? What have you learned from this chapter that might help you avoid this behavior in the future, and avoid group think?
  • How does prejudice develop and how might it be supported in families and in the work place? Do you believe that you are free from prejudice? After reading this chapter, which of the many factors that cause prejudice do you think is most important to change?

    PSYC 8781/CPSY 6221/PSYC 6781: Psychopathology from a Clinical Perspective

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    Final Project Guidelines


    As part of your Final Project, you continue your examination of the DSM-5 as you assess and diagnose a fictional character.  This character may be one from movies, theater, television, or literature. In Week 2 of the course, you submit your fictional character for instructor review and approval. Your Final Project must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and critical thinking appropriate to graduate-level scholarship.

    Final Project


    (10-12 pages – Not including title page, abstract, and references)


    Your Final Project must include the following elements:


    I.             Introduction

    ·         A description of your client (e.g., this character may be one from movies, theater, television, or literature.)


    II.           Background Information

    ·         A description of your client’s presenting information

    ·         A brief description of additional individuals (family, other professional positions, etc.) you might include as part of your assessment

    ·         An explanation as to why you would include additional individuals in this assessment


    III.         Diagnosis

    ·         A diagnosis using the DSM-5


    IV.          Risk and Resilience Factors:

    ·         An explanation of your client’s risk and resilience factors.


    V.            Psychosocial and Family Issues

    ·         An explanation of any psychosocial and/or family issues your client may present.


    VI.          Career and Vocation

    ·         An explanation of any career or vocational issues your client may be experiencing.


    VII.        Legal and Ethical Issues

    ·         An explanation regarding any potential legal or ethical issues concerning assessment and diagnosis of your client.


    VIII.      Continued Assessment

    ·         Provide an explanation whether a continuing assessment is necessary and justify your explanation.


    IX.          Follow-up Recommendations for Treatment

    NOTE: This is NOT a Treatment Plan for a client.

    ·         A description of proposed recommendations for your client based upon assessment and diagnosis.

    ·         A justification for proposed recommendations

    Although the Final Project is not to be submitted until Day 5 of Week 11, you should become familiar with the project requirements and have them in mind as you proceed through the course. Many of the Discussions and Application Assignments relate to and can be of use to your Final Project.

    Information on scholarly writing may be found in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.), and at the Walden Writing Center website. Also see the Walden University Policies and Information, in Syllabus-II, under “Policies on Academic Honesty.”

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