Examine the process of choosing an appropriate theory, model, and psychotherapy treatment plan with intervention(s)
to achieve expected therapeutic outcomes for a patient (pt) with a well-diagnosed
DSM diagnosis.
In this assignment, students should choose one (1) pt from their clinical site(s).

While the point system below is used to objectively grade your Psychotherapy
paper, emphasis will be on your ability to clearly present pertinent information
and integrate what you have learned through readings, class materials, and other
scholarly sources.
• Writing in APA is a requirement in this paper and also a requirement of
. See APA rubric.
• Page limits are included in this paper to assist students in writing
parsimoniously and including required information.

Criteria Levels of
APA See APA Rubric 0 – 10 Points
Add title of your paper
Example: NURS 526: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
in A Person with Depression
One (1) page in length – See APA book.
0 – 5 Points
Abstract is in paragraph form and includes one (1)
Summary sentence of each of the following
• Introduction,
• Presenting Chief Complaint,
• Pertinent History,
• DSM Diagnostic Analysis,
• Psychotherapy Treatment Plan,
• Theory and Model Application,
• Specific Interventions, and
• Expected Outcomes.
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
Psychotherapy Paper Rubric 2
Introduction Introduces the paper by discussing a brief
overview of the psychiatric diagnosis, which
• global, national, and state prevalence
information to support your discussion.
Be parsimonious – 1/2 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Discusses the basics of what brought the patient
into treatment at your clinical site.
• The focus should be both from the pt’s
perspective (one sentence with quotes) and
the PMHNP perspective.
Be parsimonious – 1/2 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
History of
Discuss pertinent psychiatric information related to
patient’s chief complaint and include only
• pertinent significant events,
• psychiatric medication(s),
• past psychiatric history,
• family history, and
• social history.
Be parsimonious – 1/2 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Explores the primary DSM diagnostic features and
discusses how you ruled-out differential diagnoses
to obtain the primary DSM diagnosis.
• This analysis discusses how this patient’s
symptoms met the diagnostic criteria for
your final primary DSM diagnosis, and how
your ruled-out other differential diagnoses.
• The primary diagnosis needs to include
disorder subtypes and/or specifiers as
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Treatment Plan
Discuss you chosen psychotherapy and overarching
treatment plan for the patient’s DSM primary
• This analysis exemplifies your evidencebased
understanding of your psychotherapy
treatment plan for your patient with her/his
primary DSM diagnosis.
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Psychotherapy Paper Rubric 3
Theory and
Discuss both the theoretical and model
underpinnings for this patient’s psychotherapy.
• Discuss how your chosen psychotherapy
method is the most appropriate choice based
on current evidence-based practice.
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Restate your overarching psychotherapy treatment
plan in one sentence, followed by a discussion of
specific interventions for your treatment plan.
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
Discuss you expected therapeutic outcomes for
each of your specific interventions.
• Then, discuss you overarching
psychotherapy treatment outcome.
Be parsimonious – 1 page in length.
0 – 10 Points
References This section should contain appropriate references
from your course readings,
• At least two (2) relevant scholarly articles
less than 5 years old,
• At least one (1) psychiatric practice
guideline(s). Guidelines for psychiatric
practice can be found in a variety of
disciplines such as nursing, psychiatry,
social work, and/or psychology.
0 – 5 Points


Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.