Discussion: Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis? NRNP 6640-14

Discussion: Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis? NRNP 6640-14

Numerous studies have shown that when it comes to influencing behavioral changes, anxiety symptoms, and changes in mental state, psychotherapy is just as effective as psychopharmacology. The molecular underpinnings of treatments can be used to explain changes brought on by psychopharmacology. But how can psychotherapy bring about these adjustments? Do psychopharmacology and psychotherapy utilize the same neural pathways? Consider whether psychotherapy has a for this discussion.
Learning Intentions
Learners will:

Examine the biological foundations of psychotherapy interventions.
Investigate the effects of socioeconomic status, culture, and religion on people’s perceptions of psychotherapy.
To prepare, go over the learning resources for this week.
Consider the fundamentals of psychotherapy.
Please keep in mind that you must complete your initial post before you can access and comment on your colleagues’ postings in this Discussion. To begin, select “Post to Discussion Question,” and then “Create Thread” to complete your first post.
Remember that once you click “Submit,” you cannot change anything you’ve already written. Please check your post twice before clicking the Submit button.
By Day 3
Please explain whether there is a for psychotherapy. Describe how socioeconomic status, culture, and religion could affect one’s perception of the worth of psychotherapy treatments. Cite research that is based on evidence to support your position.

Read a selection of your colleagues' responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues by providing an additional scholarly resource
that supports or challenges their position along with a brief explanation of the resource.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 1 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 1 Discussion

Week in Review
Now that you have:

 Evaluated the biological basis of psychotherapy treatments
 Analyzed the influence of culture, religion, and socioeconomics on personal
perspectives of psychotherapy treatments
 Analyzed nursing and counseling theories to guide practice in psychotherapy
Next week, you will:
 Analyze psychometric properties of assessment tools
 Evaluate appropriate use of assessment tools in psychotherapy
 Compare assessment tools used in psychotherapy
Next Week

To go to the next week:
Week 2

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Learning Resources
Required Readings
American Nurses Association. (2014). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: Scope and
standards of practice (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
 Standard 1 “Assessment” (pages 44 & 45)
Note: Throughout the program you will be reading excerpts from the ANA’s Scope &
Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. It is essential to your success
on the ANCC board certification exam for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
that you know the scope of practice of the advanced practice psychiatric/mental health
nurse. You should also be able to differentiate between the generalist RN role in
psychiatric/mental health nursing and the advanced practice nurse role.
Wheeler, K. (Eds.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A
how-to guide for evidence-based practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing
 Chapter 1, “The Nurse Psychotherapist and a Framework for Practice” (pp. 3–52)

Fournier, J. C., & Price, R. B. (2014). Psychotherapy and neuroimaging. Psychotherapy:
New Evidence and New Approaches, 12(3), 290–298. Retrieved from

Holttum, S. (2014). When bad things happen our brains change but psychotherapy and
support can help the recovery of our brains and our lives. Mental Health and Social
Inclusion, 18(2), 52–58. doi:10.1108/MHSI-02-2014-0006

Petiprin, A. (2016). Psychiatric and mental health nursing. Nursing Theory. Retrieved from

Fisher, M. A. (2016). Introduction. In Confidentiality limits in psychotherapy: Ethics
checklists for mental health professionals (pp. 3–12). Washington, DC: American
Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14860-001

Document: Midterm Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Document: Final Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2016). Introduction to psychotherapy with individuals
[Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

Accessible player
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015e). Therapies are helpful: Dodo bird conjecture [Video
file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

Accessible player
Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015f). Therapies change and integrate different
approaches over time [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute.

Accessible player
Credit: Provided courtesy of the Laureate International Network of Universities.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2012). Clinical interview: Intake,
assessment, & therapeutic alliance [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2013). Counseling and psychotherapy
theories in context and practice [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Psychotherapy.net.


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