Understanding Psychology

Chapter 17: Therapy and Change

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"The Talking Cure"

Students have read about the various types of therapy available for people with psychological troubles. In this exercise, students will examine psychoanalysis, the treatment based on the theories of Sigmund Freud.

Lesson Description
Students will use information from these Web sites to research the purposes and methods of psychoanalysis. Students will read a description of the characteristics of psychoanalysis, the problems it can treat, and the process of the treatment. Students will then apply this information by making a chart of the advantages and disadvantages of using psychoanalysis to treat depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Instructional Objectives
  1. Students will be able to summarize the purposes and methods of psychoanalysis.
  2. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to create a chart of the positive and negative aspects of treating different psychological disorders with psychoanalysis.
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