hypothetical case study scenario

In this final project you will apply the theories and models of learning that we have covered throughout the term to a hypothetical case study scenario. Projects must be written in essay format, 12 point font, double spaced. APA format and citations are required.


Maura is a 26 year old female who is visiting a therapist because she is concerned about a repeating pattern of behavior that she has been engaging in during the past 10 years. Maura seems to get involved romantically with partners who have very stable careers but appear to be unable to make a romantic commitment to her. Maura will often date these partners for years. When she asks for a greater commitment, much drama and hurt feelings ensue. She reports that she does not “remember” much of what happens right after the relationship ends, and shortly after a break up, she finds herself dating someone new. The pattern repeats itself and all of the bad memories from the previous breakups come flooding back.

After reading the case, address the following issues:

  • Select two of the models we have studied thus far and compare/contrast them as you analyze the case of Maura. How does each explain the learning and behavior occurring? Which model do you find explains the behavior most fully and why?
  • Which model(s) explains why Maura does not remember the negative events until much time has passed?
  • Focusing on the model you feel best explains the behavior, design a basic “modification” program to help the client engage in more desirable behavior.
  • Describe the ethical considerations that can occur in or when selecting your modification plan.

The project should:

  • Follow assignment directions (review grading rubric for best results).
  • Use correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition.
    • Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard American English.
    • Be written in Standard American English and be clear, specific, and error-free. If needed, be sure to use the Kaplan University Writing Center for help.
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