Onceptualization Paper of a Movie Character Based on Cognitive Approaches/Theory


Objective Case conceptualization is a tool used by psychotherapists to (1) develop a coherent story about the clienti??s history and how it relates to current problems, (2) communicate with other colleagues and supervisors about cases, and (3) develop systematic plans for therapeutic intervention. The purpose of this exercise is to offer an opportunity for practice with the first two aspects of case conceptualization.

Format:4-8 pages, double-spaced, 1i?? margins, 10-12 pt times New Roman or Helvetica font, stapled in top left corner. Include page numbers. No paperclips, binders, or free-leaf paper accepted. No title page is necessary-place your name, ID #, and project title on the top of the first page. Attach a copy of the Character Conceptualization Grading Criteria (below) on top of your paper when you hand it in.

Instructions: Use any theory on the course syllabus to conceptualize a character from a film listed below. You will be treating this character as if they are a real person whom you have been able to observe, NOT as a character in a movie. Using one of the theories discussed in class in its enirety, thoroughly attend to the questions below to conceptualize your character. You will need to identify the theory you will be using as part of your introductory paragraph.

Your goal is to use the theory and its concepts, terms, etc. to synthesize a picture of the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal style of the character. Include, as relevant, the common points of a therapeutic case conceptualization listed below.

i?? Show your understanding of the theoryi??s concepts by applying them to your character.
i?? Do not neglect your interpretation of how the client came to be who he/she is from the perspective of a particular theory.

Conceptualization Criteria

Include all of the following:

1. Identifying data
age living situation gender manner of dress
race physical appearance
marital status general self-presentation

2. Presenting Problem (in this case, what was the characteri??s main problem in the movie?)
a. What is the problem (as understood using your chosen theory)
Be specific and use examples from the film to provide evidence for your statements. b. Was there a precipitating set of circumstances?
c. How long has problem persisted?
d. Has this problem occurred before? What were the circumstances then?
e. AVOID diagnosing your character and do not focus on diagnostic issues; instead, explain their problem from the perspective of the theory you have chosen.

3. Relevant History (as understood using your chosen theory)

4. Interpersonal Style
a. Is there an overall posture he/she takes toward others? What is the nature of his/her typical relationship(s)? What might your theory offer to inform you regarding their interpersonal style? b. Are there tendencies toward polarities such as dominance/submission, withdrawal/pursuit, etc.? Why do you think so? What might your theory offer to inform you regarding any polarities?

5. Environmental Factors
a. stressors–both central and peripheral
b. supports–material, interpersonal, spiritual, recreational

6. Treatment Recommendation and Prognosis
Utilizing what your theory of choice has to offer…
a. What kind of help does the client need? How would you, the characteri??s therapist, use your
theory to help? Be specific.
b. If the client does get help, what would you expect to be the outcome based on what your theory offers? If they do not get help, what is your prediction?

The movie that we are looking at is: As Good As It Gets (1997)
Character: Melvin Udall

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Sources: No outside sources are to be used to complete this paper. Therefore, all theoretical information used must come from aspects of the theories discussed in class. Use of information provided in your textbook not discussed in class must be cited appropriately as any outside source would be, using APA formatting guidelines. Check the current APA manual for correct citations. Failing to acknowledge outside sources will result in a failing grade and could result in disciplinary action.

This is the grading criteria paper:

Grading Criteria i?? Character Conceptualizations
-print this form and staple it to the front of your paper when handing it in–

1. Used Counseling Theory to Conceptualize Character (30 pts.)
a. clearly identifies and utilizes chosen theory
b. demonstrates strong understanding and thoughtfulness of chosen theory
c. applies theory to explain important/relevant aspects of the characteri??s cognitive, affective, behavior, and interpersonal style
d. includes relevant points of case conceptualization as outlined on syllabus
(i.e., demographic info, presenting problem, etc)
e. backs all assertions with theory and examples from film
f. avoids interpretation using i??personali?? theories of human psychology g. Avoids significant theoretical omissions or errors
h. Choice of theory is appropriate for presenting problem

2. Paper Format (20 pts.)
a. adheres to length requirements (4-8 pgs.)
b. margins, headings, titles, page numbering, etc.
c. correct form for references and citations (if used)
d. intro, body, and conclusion are cohesive

3. Clarity of Ideas (30 pts).
a. organization: intro, body, conclusion
b. cohesion and coherence of thoughts and ideas c. clarity of thoughts
d. avoids personal assumptions that have no theoretical basis

4. Appropriate Use of Language (20 pts.)
a. correct grammar and sentence structure b. correct punctuation
c. correct spelling
d. avoids colloquialisms, contractions, cliches