Psychology 685

PSYC 685: Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

This course will provide students with an overview of the most common types of psychopathology encountered in mental health settings.  The course emphasizes knowledge of, and ability to use, the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to facilitate accurate differential diagnosis of clients.  Social, cultural, and ethical issues regarding psychopathology and diagnosis relevant to mental health counseling will be addressed.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. History of Perspectives of Abnormality
2. Etiologic Theories
3. The Construction and Structure of the Current DSM
4. Anxiety-Based Disorders
5. Psychosomatic Disorders
6. Personality Disorders
7. Addictive Disorders
8. Affective Disorders
9. Schizophrenia
10. Brain Damage
11. Disorders of Childhood
12. Sexual Disorders
13. Suicide
14. Treatment
15. Review of the Major Diagnostic Classifications in DSM to include: Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety-Based Disorders


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The student will be familiar with the major diagnostic classifications for adults, know how to diagnose utilizing DSM, and have awareness of current etiologic assumptions regarding psychopathology.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of exercises, and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

May 2010