Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Course 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. Distinguish key concepts, principles, and major theories/perspectives in abnormal psychology
    1. Explain the issues involved in defining abnormality from historical and current perspectives
    2. Describe the biopsychosocial influences on abnormal behaviors and mental processes
    3. Differentiate the symptoms, etiology, and treatment options for psychological disorders
  2. Use scientific reasoning to examine phenomena within the field of abnormal psychology
    1. Explain the DSM-5 diagnostic system and the use of clinical assessments
    2. Apply the scientific method to clinical practice and research in abnormal psychology
  3. Use concepts from the field of abnormal psychology to strengthen personal and professional relationships, and build community
    1. Describe the impact of societal stigmas related to mental disorders
    2. Review how culture influences mental health practice and experience
  4. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice in the field of abnormal psychology
    1. Discuss ethical and legal issues pertaining to the field of abnormal psychology
    2. Review ethical obligations, responsibilities, and violations in clinical settings and research
  5. Develop competence in writing and/or verbal communication skills
    1. Describe how cultural values and biases about mental health may produce misunderstandings in communication
    2. State ideas in written formats that reflect concepts and principles in the field of abnormal psychology
    3. Construct questions about content in the field of abnormal psychology
  6. Apply content and skills from the field of abnormal psychology to personal and career goals
    1. Describe how abnormal psychology applies to business, health care, education, and other workplace settings
    2. Apply scientific research and problem-solving skills to provide evidence beyond personal opinion to support proposed solutions



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