Discussion: Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis?

Discussion: Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis?

Many studies have found that psychotherapy is as effective as  psychopharmacology in terms of influencing changes in behaviors,  symptoms of anxiety, and changes in mental state. Changes influenced by  psychopharmacology can be explained by the biological basis of  treatments. But how does psychotherapy achieve these changes? Does  psychotherapy share common neuronal pathways with psychopharmacology?  For this Discussion, consider whether psychotherapy also has a  biological basis.
Post an explanation of whether psychotherapy has a  biological basis.
Explain how culture, religion, and socioeconomics  might influence one’s perspective of the value of psychotherapy  treatments.
Support your rationale with evidence-based literature.
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 Company.
· 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 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207360/

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 http://www.nursing-theory.org/theories-and-models/psychiatric-and-mental-health-nursing.php

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: Practicum Journal Template (Word document)
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Document: Midterm Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Document: Final Exam Study Guide (Word document)

Document: NP Student Clinical Orientation (PowerPoint file)

Document: Practicum Manual (PDF). Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_id=7356923

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.

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