Wwelcome to Brief Therapy This course provides an overview of the core concepts and essential skills of short-term therapies, including motivational interviewing, cognitive, exposure, dialectical behavior, solution-focused, interpersonal and dynamic. Emphasis is on the core ideas underlying each modality, the evidence for effectiveness, and the specific techniques and interventions used. Consideration is given to the integration of culture in providing brief therapy.

By the end of the course, you should be able to: Examine the constructs of brief therapy Formulate a comparative analysis of brief therapy models Research evidence-based models of brief therapy for individuals and families


Discuss legal/ethical issues associated with brief therapy Explore multicultural competence in brief therapy Construct diagnostic treatment plans integrating brief therapy modalities Activity Description This assignment focuses on vignette analysis and a direct application of course concepts to the persons and situations presented in the vignette for each question. All assignments MUST be typed, double-spaced, in 7th ed. APA style, and must be written at graduate-level English.

You must integrate the material presented in the text and cite your work according to APA format.* You must include current evidence-based research articles that support the text material. A minimum of three (3) articles in addition to the course text must be included to justify your understanding of theory and intervention. All discussions must take into account legal and ethical issues, as well as culture and human diversity that may pertain to the situations presented below. Information on Culture and Diversity is mentioned in Chapter 4 of the course text, but you are encouraged to utilize other resources to enhance your cultural analysis for this assignment. * The course text is an edited book. Please read APA guidelines on how to cite and reference an edited book. Please keep your responses focused on what is presented in the vignette. Creativity is encouraged but do not add information or change the vignette. Your assignment should be a total of 7 pages plus a title and reference page. VIGNETTE THREE: Anne and Thomas, an African American couple in their early 70’s , was referred by their church minister.

They have been married for 45 years, have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Anne tells you that she feels that Thomas no longer loves her. I feel hed rather be with his friends at church then spend time at home with me. Thomas tells you, if she wasnt so negative and always complaining, maybe Id want to be home more. Both Anne and Thomas were brought up in tumultuous divorced homes and swore they would never follow in their parents footsteps. There is no report of substance abuse, though Thomas notes that Anne has been taking those pills her doctor gave her more often. Review the vignette from the following brief therapy models, being mindful of culture and ethical issues: –

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy From the perspectives of Interpersonal and Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, respond to the following questions:

1. What is your evaluation and assessment of Anne and Thomas? Consider relationship dynamics.

2. Formulate a Differential Diagnosis for both Anne and Thomas. Support your diagnoses using the DSM-5.

3. In consideration of your evaluation and assessment, create a treatment plan for this couple. [review chapter 5 on medications] Activity Outcomes Research evidence-based models of brief therapy for individuals and families Construct diagnostic treatment plans integrating brief therapy modalities