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PSD7015 Adult Psychopathology

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This course examines the way in which individual psychopathology is classified, described, diagnosed, and assessed. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (text revision) (DSM-IV-TR) of the American Psychiatric Association is utilized as a core organizing text for the purposes of diagnostic classification. Students are expected to become familiar with the structure, content, and clinical use of this manual and learn to apply formal diagnostic classification to specific case examples. This course will emphasize the process and problems of individual assessment and diagnosis that arise within the practice of clinical psychology. Students will be introduced to the historical, political, and contextual issues regarding the diagnosis and categorization of human experience.

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