Apr 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2020-2021 Saint Joseph’s College Online 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.

Prerequisites & Notes

PY 101 or Permission from the Program Director

Assignment Overview
Assignments: Varied Throughout the Term

Interactivity: Discussion Boards

Final Assessment: Final Project

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-5.
  • Recognize and critically discuss the biological, social and cultural contexts of abnormal behavior.
  • Analyze the process of assessment and diagnosis of mental illnesses.
  • Examine treatment interventions and 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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