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Discussion: Biological
Basis and Ethical/Legal Considerations of Psychotherapy

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?

Psychotherapy is used with individuals as well as in groups or
families. The idea of discussing confidential information with a patient in
front of an audience is probably quite foreign to you. However, in group and
family therapy, this is precisely what the psychiatric-mental health nurse
practitioner does. In your role, learning how to provide this type of therapy
within the limits of confidentiality is essential.

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For this Discussion, you will consider whether psychotherapy also
has a biological basis and analyze the ways in which legal and ethical
considerations differ in the individual, family, and group therapy settings.

To prepare:

·        
Review this week’s Learning Resources, reflecting on foundational
concepts of psychotherapy, biological and social impacts on psychotherapy, and
legal and ethical issues across the modalities (individual, family, and group).

·        
Search the Walden Library databases for scholarly, peer-reviewed
articles that inform and support your academic perspective on these topics.

By Day 3

Post an explanation of whether psychotherapy has a biological
basis. Explain how culture, religion, and socioeconomics might influence one’s
perspective on the value of psychotherapy treatments. Describe how legal and
ethical considerations for group and family therapy differ from those for
individual therapy, and explain how these differences might impact your
therapeutic approaches for clients in group, individual, and family therapy.
Support your rationale with at least three peer-reviewed, evidence-based
sources and explain why each of your supporting sources is considered
scholarly. Attach the PDFs of your sources. 

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.