CSL6820

Diagnosis/Treatment of Dysfunctional Behavior

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The course presents a system of abnormal psychology reflective of the DSM-V.  Mental disorders are defined and studied as they have been classified for treatment purposes.  Emphasis is placed on diagnostics to include the interview, appropriate use of assessment tools, and consultation with mental health and/or school professionals.  Students gain experience in case presentation and in outlining treatment alternatives for clients or students whose dysfunctional behaviors range from mild to severe.

PREREQUISITE: CSL6801

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  • Comparing and contrasting normal personality development with the development of abnormal psychology nosology.
  • Evaluating the DSM-V, its theory and applications for educational and clinical settings.
  • Describing mental retardation and outlining appropriate educational and treatment goals.
  • Identifying disorders in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
  • Identifying substance use disorder and discussing the progression of the disease.
  • Classifying psychotic disorders.
  • Discussing affective disorders.
  • Describing anxiety and neurotic disorders.
  • Analyzing adjustment disorders.
  • Identifying personality disorders.
  • Computing multiaxial diagnosis.
  • Defining marital, family, and vocational adjustment problems.
  • Discussing and identifying physiologic effects of disorders.
  • Formulating reports for release to other professionals, insurance companies, and/or legal offices.
  • Understanding psychopharmacology as an appropriate treatment modality.
  • Conducting a clinical interview.
  • Evaluating research in the mental health field.

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