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Psychology Lesson Plans

Five Axis Diagnosis for Psychological Disorders

The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach high school students about the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual Five Axis Diagnosis and the importance of making a diagnosis. After participating in this lesson, students should understand what how to make a disorder diagnosis, and what each axis represents. The procedure of the lesson plan involves instruction about the DSM and diagnosis of a disorder, students reading vignettes and diagnosing disorders, and creating a website about how to do a five axis diagnosis.

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Psychological Assessment Tools : Kraul Lesson Plan 4

The student will teach the class how to score and interpret a psychological assessment measure using a presentation tool within a 5 minute time period.

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Psychological Disorders:

This lesson is intended to provide knowledge about the different psychological disorders and the treatments that are used in the attempt to cure them. The lesson provides a basic understanding of these disorders, the different symptoms and the different ways in which they can be treated.

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Psychology in my life.

Psychology applies to everything we do in life, since we wake up and even during our sleeping time. Everything in this world could basically be related and/or traced back to Psychology. Students will be able to demonstrate just how much they are aware of the presence of Psychology in their lives.

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“Operant Conditioning in our lives. “

This lesson intends to provide students with the necessary knowledge for them to be able to relate operant conditioning to their everyday lives. Students will be able to use the psychological concept of classical conditioning to change undesirable behavior and to increase desirable behavior through the different terms of operant conditioning.

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Eating Disorders and How to Maintain a Healthy Life Style

The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach high school students about the devastating effects of an Eating Disorder and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After participating in this lesson, students should understand what an Eating Disorder is, the different types of Eating Disorders, and how to obtain a healthy relationship with food. The procedure of the lesson plan involves instruction about the types of eating disorders, individual research about how to create a healthy relationship with food, and creating an advertisement aimed at high school students in PhotoShop about having a healthy relationship with food.

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Suicide: and its Presence in Society

Introduction:

Before implementing this lesson, the students should have extended knowledge on the concepts of suicide. They should be familiar with basic terms related to the topic, such as what suicide is exactly, and should have read the material related to the following concepts:

  • The statistics of suicide
  • The Myths of suicide
  • How to assess lethality
  • Risk Factors
  • Warning signs
 

 

Students are previously taught to navigate through the PostSecret website in order to post their own messages.

Students are also familiar with the Survey Monkey website and have taken previous surveys on it. 

Group Size: Any
 

Learning Objectives:
 

  • Knowing the difference between myths and facts of suicide
  • Understand who the at risk populations are
  • Improving ability to see warning signs
  • Learning the difference between high lethality vs. low lethality and how to assess it
  • Ability to talk about suicide openly and without taboos

 

Guiding Question:
 

  • What have you heard about suicide?
  • How has suicide affected your life or the life of someone you know?
  • How would you act if someone you know was hinting at suicide?

 

Materials:
 

  • Computers with internet access for all the students
  • Internet survey program
  • PowerPoint program
  • Access to website (http://www.postsecret.com/)

 

Procedures:
 

  1. Students will take a survey about the known myths of suicide (talk about each myth after survey)
                   - 10 minutes
 

2. Teacher will provide background in dealing with suicide

-  10 minutes

3. Teacher will provide statistical facts, and briefly explain at risk groups and warning signs

  • 10 minutes
4. Students will take a survey about class' experiences with suicide                                         (http://surveymonkey.com/)

  • 10 minutes
5. Teacher will explain how to assess lethality

  • 10 minutes
6. Have class look at PostSecret blog website; students will get into pairs and share their opinions on different posts that have stood out to them, and they will then share with the class one post that stood out the most.

-  30 minutes

-  The remainder of the class will be spent discussing questions and concerns students have about suicide. 
 

7. Homework: write a post on PostSecret website (http://www.postsecret.com/)


 

Assessment:
 

  • Teacher will display rates of online survey about suicide myths
  • Teacher will display rates of online survey about students' experience with suicide
  • Teacher will discuss the PostSecret blog reading with the class, in order to analyze the student's understanding of suicide in the real world
  • Teacher will review the participation of the students in the PostSecret blog posting homework by discussing their experience with it the next day in class

 

Answer Key or Rubric:
 

  • Based on student's participation on the online surveys and their post on the PostSecret website. (subject to teacher's perception of the degree of student's participation and comprehension level).
Benchmark or Standards:
 

  • Subject: AP Psychology
  • Benchmark Standards: H.19.2

    Students identify criteria for evaluating effective treatment, including reduced psychological symptoms, and credibility of treatment.

Suicide: and its Presence in Society

Introduction:
 

  • The statistics of suicide
  • The Myths of suicide
  • How to assess lethality
  • Risk Factors
  • Warning signs
  • Basic knowledge of the internet
Group Size: Any
 

Learning Objectives:
 

  • Knowing the difference between myths and facts of suicide
  • Understand who the at risk populations are
  • Improving ability to see warning signs
  • Learning the difference between high lethality vs. low lethality
  • Ability to talk about suicide in a more open environment

 

Guiding Question:
 

  • What have you heard about suicide?
  • How has suicide affected your life or the life of someone you know?
  • How would you act if someone you know was hinting at suicide?

 

Materials:
 

  • Computers with internet access for all the students
  • Internet survey program
  • PowerPoint
  • Access to website (http://www.postsecret.com/)

 

Procedures:
 

  1. Students will take a survey about the known myths of suicide (talk about each myth after survey)
2. Teacher will introduce the topic and will provide background in dealing with suicide 3. Teacher will provide statistical facts, and briefly explain at risk groups and warning signs 4. Students will take a survey about class' experiences with suicide (http://surveymonkey.com/) 5. Teacher will explain how to assess lethality 6. Have class look at PostSecret blog website, share with class one post that stood out 7. Homework: write a post on PostSecret website (http://www.postsecret.com/)


 

Assessment:
 

  • Online survey about suicide myths
  • Online survey about students' experience with suicide
  • PostSecret blog reading
-PostSecret blog posting
 

Answer Key or Rubric:
 

  • Based on student's participation on the online surveys and their post on the PostSecret website. (subject to teacher's perception of the degree of student's participation).
Benchmark or Standards:
 

Subject: AP Psychology Grade: 12th

Benchmark Standards: H.19.2

Students identify criteria for evaluating effective treatment, including reduced psychological symptoms, and credibility of treatment.

The Amazing Brain

 

Discover the different parts of the brain and the tools used to discover the brain.

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Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files Podcast

 

Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone interested in the topic of psychology and how theories in this field apply to everyday life. Students of psychology will find it particularly helpful, but the appeal is to anyone interested in the social sciences or human behavior. The podcast contains audio and video files created by psychology professor Dr. Michael Britt. Students and teachers will find interesting and helpful resources from the audio and video files and the links and show notes available on the website/blog. All free of course.

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