Psychotherapeutic Theories, Frameworks, and Modalities – NURS 753

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course provides an overview of theories, frameworks, modalities and best practices related to psychotherapeutic treatments and management of mental health disorders across the lifespan. The integration of the application of evidence-based psychotherapies and psychotherapeutic case formulation, treatment for the management of disorders, symptoms and issues. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing will be integrated through a case-based learning experience.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This PMHNP course helps meet standards of graduate level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. This course meets standards of nurse practitioner education as articulated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Professional Standards

    1. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice. Washington, D.C. AACN.
    2. American Nurses Association. (2015). Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application. Silver Spring, MA.
    3. American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C: ANA.
    4. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. (2017). Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Content. Washington, D.C.: NONPF.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Synchronous Meeting Presentations (2)

Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation to lead a short discussion during the Synchronous Meeting according to the assigned topic and instructions. Each student will be provided 10 minutes to present his or her topic. Students will submit a PowerPoint slide presentation with a title slide, 6–10 content slides, reference slide via Turnitin by the due date. An additional 2–3 minutes may be used to answer questions. Further discussion can take place as time permits. The assignment should be in the current APA format and have at least two peer-reviewed references in addition to the course textbooks. 

Case Analysis Evaluation Assignments (3)

The student will analyze 3 case studies that focus on assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and treatment plan of chronic mental health symptoms. Students should be able to apply knowledge of evidence-based psychotherapies in the management of psychiatric mental health disorders. The assignment requires at least five references in the current APA format. Please see the Case Analysis Grading Rubric.

Evidence-Based Article Review Assignment

The student will review one evidenced-based article based on assigned module. This assignment allows the student to gain knowledge in the topic area. This assignment must be at least 2–3 pages of content and adhere to current APA format. A title page and reference page in current APA format are required. Please see the Evidenced Based Article Review Grading Rubric.

Mental Health Policy Paper Assignment

Students will research and identify a mental health bill and its impact on the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner role. The assignment requires current APA format, be 4–6 pages (excluding the title page and reference page), and have at least three peer-reviewed references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. Please see the Mental Health Policy Grading Rubric.

Quizzes: Midterm and Final (2)

Quizzes will be proctored by Proctorio.