In this course, students gain advanced understanding of the etiology and treatment of psychopathology/psychiatric disorders as viewed from several theoretical perspectives. Assessment and diagnostic tools are reviewed, preparing students to apply this information in clinical practice. The overlap between psychopathology/psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders is described. The widely used DSM diagnostic system will be critically examined in terms of both its evidence base and its multicultural relevance.
Note: Admission to the Masters in Alcohol and Drug Counseling program or Masters in Psychology program.
3 Graduate credits
Effective January 10, 2016 to present
- Risk and protective factors for psychopathology.
- Various psychotherapeutic treatment models.
- The DSM-5 diagnostic system and its strengths and weaknesses.
- Alternative (non-DSM) methods of conceptualizing psychopathology diagnostic system
- Basic understanding of psychopharmacological treatments.
- The interface between culture, race, social class, and psychopathology.
- Differences between the empirical structure of psychopathology and the DSM-5 conceptualization of psychopathology.
- Relevant controversial issues in the field of psychopathology.