The purpose of the final paper is to assess your ability to draw upon a variety of human behavior theories to construct a “thoughtfully eclectic” understanding of a clinical case. To that end, this assignment requires you to write a comprehensive theoretical analysis of a movie character’s development and functioning from a bio-psycho-social, person-in-environment perspective, incorporating concepts from theories covered during the course of the semester.

Step 1: Select one of the approved films
Begin the assignment by selecting one of the following movie options. Review the movie thoroughly, paying particular attention to the film’s main character, who will serve as the “case” for this assignment.

Movie List for the Final Assignment

Movie 1: Good Will Hunting 1997 R
When a professor discovers that an aimless janitor (Matt Damon) is also a math genius, a therapist (Robin Williams) helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back. Also stars Ben Affleck. Oscars to Damon and Affleck for Best Original Screenplay.

Step 2: Write a case description
Start the paper with a succinct, but adequate, case description of the main character. Your case description should provide: 1) identifying information about the character, 2) a description of the character’s current situation or presenting problem, 3) information about the main character’s background and family of origin, 4) description of the major features of the character’s biological, psychological and social development and functioning. Please note: This section is not an analysis of the main character’s behavior or a plot summary of the film, but rather a description of the primary facts of the main character’s “case”. The case description is worth 10 points and should be approximately 2-3 pages in length.

Step 3: Develop a comprehensive theoretical analysis of the character’s behavior
Provide a comprehensive theoretical analysis of the character’s behavior, drawing on those theoriesfrom the course that you think are most helpful in understanding this person and his/her situation from a bio-psycho-social, person-in-environment social work perspective.

Select and apply concepts from a minimum of four (4) theories in order to provide a comprehensive theoretical analysis of the character’s behavior. You must choose at least one theory from each of the four (4) theoretical modules covered in the course (see below). Be specific about how the various theories you have chosen are useful in your analysis of the main character, supporting your claims with examples from the film and source material drawn from professional and academic literatures. The theoretical analysis is worth 50 points and should be approximately 8-10 pages in length.

Theoretical Modules Covered in the Course:
1. Systems and Ecological Theory: Social Systems Theory, Family Systems, Ecological Perspective, Family Resilience
2. Psychodynamic Theories: Psychoanalytic Theory, Ego Psychology, Object Relations Theory, Attachment Theory
3. Learning Theories: Cognitive Development, Moral Development, Behavior Theories, Social Cognitive (Social Learning) Theory
4. Alternative Theories: Empowerment Theory, Strengths Perspective, Conflict Theory, Critical Race Theory

Step 4: Provide a critical analysis of the theories you selected
Include a critique of the theories you chose to apply to the movie character, discussing the social construction, strengths and limitations of the theoretical concepts in terms of explaining that person’s behavior.

This critique can be included in a separate section of the paper or it can be incorporated throughout the paper as you apply the various theoretical concepts. For example, if you decide to incorporate your critical analysis, you might discuss the strengths of a particular theory for understanding the client and then discuss its weaknesses as a way to segue into the application of a different theory.

Be specific in your critiques, focusing on the theories’ strengths and limitations for understanding the main character’s particular case. Avoid a general discussion of strengths and limitations. Support your contentions with case examples and scholarly material instead of relying on personal opinion. The critique is worth 25 points and should account for approximately 2-3 pages of the paper, whether you write it as a separate section or integrate it throughout the paper.

Step 5: Be sure to follow the directions carefully!

Scholarly Literature Sources
Throughout the paper, you are expected to provide not only examples from the film to support your arguments, but also conceptual and empirical evidence drawn from professional and academic literature sources. Your reference list should include a minimum of 10 scholarly works, at least 3 of which must be outside sources (i.e., not on the syllabus). Use citation and referencing styles as specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style). Please note: If you choose to consult the course textbooks (ie, Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman; Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda; Berzoff, Melano Flanagan, & Hertz) to inform your analysis, be advised that each text will count as a single source, regardless of the number of chapters you use. The reference list is worth 5 points.

Style and Format
Proofread your paper to ensure that your written work is of high quality in terms of organization, clarity, mechanics, spelling, etc. The paper should use 12 point font and be 12-15 pages in length (not counting references or title page), double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. The style of your paper is worth 10 points.

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