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3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Diagnosis and etiology of mental and emotional disorders in children and adults.

1. IIdentify, define, and conceptualize diagnoses in the DSM –

Students will be able to identify, define, and describe the wide range of psychopathological diagnoses contained in the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  

Measurement:  Exam and quiz questions, case conceptualization assignments

2. Understand major research methods and findings in psychopathology

 Students will be able to identify, critically evaluate and summarize key information regarding current research in psychopathology, including both theory and clinical application.  

Measurement:  Quiz and exam questions, case conceptualizations, final exam, and research paper.

3. Be able to effectively communicate understanding of psychopathology to others

Based on evidence in the current literature, students will be able to learn to respond to concerns and controversy highlighted in the community and media, as well as communicate within multidisciplinary settings. 

Measurement: Communication essays, final exam

4. Explain how race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual and gender identity, and culture can impact psychopathology etiology and diagnosis

 Students will be able to explain the limits and weaknesses of psychopathology diagnostic approaches with regard to individual and cultural diversity-especially with regard to racial, sociocultural, and sexuality variability. Students will explain how to use diagnostic systems effectively in the context of relational, biopsychosocial, spiritual, systemic interventions, and in culturally and sexuality-diverse environments. 

Measurement: Exam responses, Cultural and individual diversity in mental health paper