Abnormal Psychology –

psy410

(3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning abnormal behavior (psychopathology).  The course will address such topics as the incidence (frequency) of abnormal behavior of various types; how abnormal behaviors are classified into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and the variety of methods employed in the treatment of abnormal behavior.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

History and Overview of Abnormal Psychology

  • Examine the evolution of abnormal psychology as a discipline.
  • Explain the challenges in defining and classifying normal and abnormal behavior.
  • Analyze the psychological, biological/medical, and sociocultural theoretical models related to the development of psychopathology.

Substance-related, Schizophrenia and Psychosis, and Mood/Affective Disorders

  • Define the major Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR) categories of substance-related, schizophrenia and psychosis, and mood/affective disorders.
  • Examine the various classifications of substance-related, schizophrenia and psychosis, and mood/affective disorders.
  • Analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of substance-related, schizophrenia and psychosis, and mood/affective disorders.

Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders

  • Define the major DSM IV-TR categories of anxiety, somatoform, and dissociative disorders.
  • Examine the various classifications of anxiety, somatoform, and dissociative disorders.
  • Analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of anxiety, somatoform, and dissociative disorders.

Sexual and Gender Identity, Eating, and Personality Disorders

  • Define the major DSM IV-TR categories of sexual and gender identity, eating, and personality disorders.
  • Examine the various classifications of sexual and gender identity, eating, and personality disorders.
  • Analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of sexual and gender identity, eating, and personality disorders.

Childhood and Cognitive Disorders

  • Define the major DSM IV-TR categories of childhood and cognitive disorders.
  • Examine the various classifications of childhood and cognitive disorders.
  • Analyze the biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of childhood and cognitive disorders.

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