Course Number & Name:  PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course will examine the different types of mental illness that exists within modern society.  The influence of heredity and environment upon mental illness is considered and recent therapeutic methods are critically examined.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss some of the efforts taken to end stigma surrounding mental illness;
  2. discuss the challenges in developing a working definition for mental disorder;
  3. discern the differences between various types of mental health professionals who treat people with mental disorders; include how they are educated, trained, and related issues;
  4. identify the prevailing paradigms of psychopathology, their central assumptions, and key proponents;
  5. identify the prevailing therapeutic approaches and their goals for treating psychopathology;
  6. discuss the importance of treatment outcome research;
  7. identify the various types of assessment measures and tools and their uses beyond helping to make a diagnosis;
  8. describe the purposes of a multi-axial assessment and the major categories of psychiatric diagnosis as described in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Text Revised (DSM IV – TR); and
  9. discuss some of the legal and ethical issues confronting the mental health professional.


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