Aug 13, 2020  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PY 207 - Psychopathology

This course provides an overview of psychopathology, the study of abnormal behavior. It consists of a broad survey of mental disorders as defined in the DSM-V and considers the biological, social, and cultural factors that influence the onset, symptoms, and treatment of mental disorders. It reviews current treatment options and explores critical issues involved in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. This course does not provide one with the knowledge or skills to diagnose and formally treat individuals who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms. However, this course will provide the student with a foundational understanding of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, treatment modalities, and the recovery process.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 6 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of the mental disorders classified in the DSM-V.
  • Recognize and critically discuss the biological, social, and cultural contexts of abnormal behavior.
  • Become familiar with and critically discuss the process of assessment and diagnosis of mental illnesses.
  • Describe and discuss what it means to live with a mental illness in our society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of recovery in the lives of people with mental illness.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze, assess, synthesize, and apply your understanding of mental disorders.

Credits: 3

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