COU CN520 - Psychopathology

(Credits: 3)

This course provides an in-depth survey and understanding of mental disorders. The overall objective of the course is to enable students to appropriately diagnose maladaptive behavior and psychopathology, as well as the development of appropriate treatment planning. The course emphasizes research as it pertains to empirically-based treatments for a variety of mental health disorders through the lifespan. Attention is paid to developmental trajectories (i.e., the ways in which early development affects later functioning). Additionally, issues of diversity and ethics as they relate to mental health diagnoses and treatment are discussed. Diagnostic criteria are drawn primarily from the DSM and ICD with some contribution from other culturally appropriate sources.