Advanced Practicum Videos

In Learning Diagnosis, students enhance their understanding of disorders by observing verbal and non-verbal cues in simulated therapy sessions. Instructional graphics pop up as patients share their stories, drawing attention to diagnostic criteria and supporting learners in practicing their diagnostic skills.

  • Marty has sought therapy to deal with a tremendous fear that has developed regarding the health and well-being of his parents. He explains that he began hyper-focusing on this after he left home for the first time to attend college. As he reports to the therapist how the condition has progressed and the severity of the symptoms he experiences, viewers can put together clues to establish a diagnosis.  
  • Rishi has presented for therapy to look at the issues that have led to recent professional and personal setbacks. He explains how he quickly lost confidence in himself after moving to a new city and starting a new job. He reports that he was once a more-focused, capable individual, but now he cannot think of anything other than the worst-case scenario. Rishi's thoughts, mannerisms, and words provide viewers with clues into his condition and potential diagnosis.  
  • Aaron is by all accounts a likable, well-mannered man, but he has an unreasonable fear that interferes with a number of areas of living. He recognizes it is irrational, but he is powerless against it. As the learner observes Aaron explain the issues, they are able to see his anxiety and emotional troubles manifest in his approach to therapy. He is obviously desperate and ashamed.  
  • Carl was abandoned by his mother at age seven and now lives with his grandmother. He was severely impacted by this, but his grandmother actually noticed odd behaviors and actions he enacted even before that. He explains that as young as 4 years old, he was blinking frequently and often made jerky movements with his head or his shoulder. Hoping he would just grow out of it, there was no significant intervention. As he grew older, Carl explains the disturbances have become more significant and include unwanted speech and verbal explosions.  
  • During her therapy session, Sylvia reports she is scared that the socially unacceptable habits she displays are all that others see or think about when they are around her. She explains that she has lost control over her compulsive need to pull hairs out of her head. She is aware of what others think about this behavior and she desperately wants to stop, but she is helpless to do so. As she explains the situation and the development of her condition, viewers observe her actions and behaviors they will use to make a potential diagnosis.  
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