Apr 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Course Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSY 241 - Abnormal Psychology

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
An introduction to the study of abnormal behavior, with emphasis on anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. The course includes understanding the personal dynamics of mental disorders and biopsychosocial factors involved in assessment, etiology and treatment. Recommend PSY 111  be taken prior to this course.
Competencies
  1. Explain the issues involved in defining abnormality from historical and current perspectives.
    1. Describe characteristics of abnormality.
    2. Evaluate the supernatural, biological and psychological perspectives.
    3. Describe the biopsychosocial factors for the understanding of abnormality.
    4. Describe the stigma associated with psychological disorders and seeking professional help.
  2. Identify the research methods involved in abnormal psychology.
    1. Explain the scientific method and approaches to research.
    2. Review clinical and ethical obligations in research of psychological disorders.
  3. Explain the assessment, classification and diagnosis of psychological disorders.
    1. Describe reliability, validity and standardization in assessment.
    2. Identify the purpose and types of psychological assessments.
    3. Explain the diagnostic system of the DSM-5.
  4. Summarize the clinical descriptions, etiology and treatment of the major diagnostic categories included in the DSM-5.
  5. Discuss the ethical and legal issues pertaining to mental illness.
    1. Review legal issues related to competency to stand trial and the insanity defense.
    2. Explain the process for civil and criminal commitment.
    3. Describe the balance between client’s rights and clinical ethical obligations.



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