History and Diagnosis of Psychopathology
- Describe the influence of culture on the expression of psychopathology.
- Explain the basic structure of the DSM to describe psychopathology.
- Examine the leading models of psychopathology including the diathesis-stress model and the biopsychosocial model.
- Track the historical, social, and cultural influences on the perception and treatment of individuals with mental illness.
- Explain the need for an integrated viewpoint in psychopathology.
- Evaluate correlation and causality.
- Analyze research designs used in psychological studies.
Mood Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Research-Based Interventions and Assessment
- Evaluate the continuum of depression from what is considered normal depression to major depressive disorder.
- Differentiate between major depressive disorders, bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, dysthymic disorder, and cyclothymic disorder.
- Examine the relationship between mood disorders and suicide.
- Compare research associated with the treatment of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of the MMPI-2 or MMPI-2-RF as a tool for researching mood disorders.
- Describe the value of structured interviews for research and diagnosis.
- Evaluate assessment tools used in diagnosis of mood disorders.
- Implement the process of a formal diagnosis.
Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, and Autism: Symptoms, Causes, and Research-Based Interventions
- Differentiate between panic, anxiety and additional chronic conditions.
- Analyze the relationship between stress, psychiatric disorders, and cardiovascular disorders.
- Discuss the concept of stress as it relates to diathesis-stress, biopsychosocial, and mind-body interaction models.
- Identify variables used to predict the likelihood of developing a phobia.
- Differentiate between anxiety disorders in terms of severity and onset.
- Discuss childhood disorders and the features of the disorders that differentiate them from adult disorders.
Eating Disorders and Obesity, Sexual Variants and Abuse, and Neurocognitive Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Research-Based Interventions
- Examine the risk and causal factors of eating disorders.
- Identify the underlying causal factors of the Paraphilias.
- Discuss the clinical aspects of eating disorders and obesity.
- Analyze brain impairments in adults.
Personality Disorders and Substance-Related Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Research-Based Interventions
- Describe the challenges associated with Examine the antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder for commonalities and potential issues regarding violence.
- Describe the biopsychosocial as it relates to the development of substance abuse disorders.
- Describe the effectiveness of treatment in substance abuse as evidenced in research studies.
- Explain the reasons pathological gambling has been re-classified as an addictive behavior in the most current diagnostic manual.
Schizophrenia and Dissociative Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and R
- Describe schizophrenia and dissociative disorders and their symptoms and subtypes, as applicable, as stated in the most current diagnostic manual.
- Evaluate the current research on schizophrenia with emphasis on the genetic, developmental, biological, and environmental variables that may contribute to the onset or course of the disorder.
- Examine the relationship between trauma and dissociation and how each relates to dissociative disorders.
- Differentiate dissociative identity disorder from schizophrenia.