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V-1: The Inciting Incident

1. Describe your first impression of Angie. (I, UD, G)

3. Angie and Kurt may have had a number of motives for their actions. Identify and develop one possible motive for each character's behavior. (I, UD, G)

V-2: The Players – Angie

1. Based on the poem and first scene, explain how Angie views her life? Provide support for this opinion. (I, UD, G)

V-3: The Players – Kurt

1. Kurt shares these recollections of his early life with you as his counselor. Assuming you know only this much about his history, choose one key word that may describe Kurt’s personality. Explain your word choice. (I, UD, G)

V-4: The Players – Dr. Andrews

1. Interpret what you saw in this first session between Dr. Andrews and Angie. (I, UD, G)

3. Five factors have been identified as components of effective counseling. They include the counselor’s ability to: (a) be genuine, (b) be concrete, (c) be empathic, (d) be honest, and (e) show positive regard for others. Was Dr. Andrews effective or ineffective in this first session with Angie? Using the five factors, defend your point of view. (G)

V-5: The Players – Detective Purdue

1. Describe what you saw that reveals something about Detective Purdue’s character. (I, UD, G)

3. What did you see that would support your opinion? (I, UD, G)

V-6: The Players – Mick

1. Do you know or have you heard about Viet Nam veterans like Mick? Summarize your recollections. (I, UD, G)

3. Identify the DSM-IV(upcoming DSM-V) criteria for diagnosing PTSD that can be applied to Mick, Angie and Kurt. What additional evidence would you need to support a diagnosis of PTSD in each of them? (G)

V-7: Unfolding Dynamics – Angie

1. Review your earlier thoughts about Angie. What can you add to what you have already developed to explain Angie’s character? (I, UD, G)

3. Can you identify symptoms that indicate a personality disorder for Angie? (I, UD, G)

V-8: Unfolding Dynamics – Kurt

1. Review your earlier thoughts about Kurt. What can you add to what you have already developed to explain Kurt’s character? (I, UD, G)

3. What is going on with Kurt’s sexuality? Offer a theory as to how he got this way. (I, UD, G)

V-9 Unfolding Dynamics – Dr. Andrews

1. Did Dr. Andrews do the right thing by allowing Angie to stay at his house? Explain. What should Dr. Andrews do next? (I, UD, G)

3. Based on your textbook and other resources, what support can you find for your position regarding Dr. Andrews’ action at his home, i.e. your response to question 1? (UD, G)

5. What is a psychologist’s responsibility if a client states that s/he has committed a crime? Provide supporting evidence from state statutes or from other resources. (G)

7. What is a psychologist’s responsibility if s/he is subpoenaed into court to testify against a former or current client? Discuss confidentiality and privileged communication laws and what a psychologist can and cannot do in court. Use published research to support your conclusions. You may want to start with one or both of these articles or do additional Internet research to find your own sources. Coleman, P. & Shellow, R.A. Warning a Patient's Intended Victim While Preserving Testimonial Privilege: A Statute to Regulate all Psychotherapists. Florida Bar Journal. July/August, 2003, Volume LXXVII, No. 7. United States v. Auster No. V7-30084 (5th Cir 02/11) 2008. In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (topic: Confidential versus Privileged Communication) (G) (500 words) 8. Using the same resources discuss the issues of protecting the public vs. protecting the client. (G) (500 words)

V-10: Unfolding Dynamics – Detective Purdue

1. Things have become a bit convoluted. When Dr. Andrews has Detective Purdue come to his office to meet conjointly with Angie, is he committing an ethical violation given that he has a past history with the Purdue family? What actions should Dr. Andrews have taken before seeing Purdue at his office? (I, UD, G)

3. Propose a different action that Dr. Andrews could have taken regarding his concern that Angie may have committed a crime. (UD, G)

V-11: Unfolding Dynamics – Mick

1. Identify what you saw in all the vignettes of Mick that may support the idea that Mick suffers from PTSD. (I, UD, G)

2. Identify what you saw in the vignettes of Mick that may support that Mick is a psychopath (Antisocial Personality Disorder). (I, UD, G)

V-12: Relationship Dynamics and Final Evaluation

1. Google “folie à deux” and apply it to what you saw in the last clip of Kurt and Angie at Dr. Andrews’ office. Is the behavior of Angie and Kurt a shared psychosis? If not, what is it? (I, UD, G)

3. Is there any hope for Angie or Kurt? Support your position for each. (G)

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