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PSD7015 Adult Psychopathology I

Course Description

This is the first of a two course sequence. It 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. Other readings inform students about current research findings on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Students are expected to become familiar with the structure, content, and clinical use of the DSM-IV and learn to apply formal diagnostic classification to specific case examples. This course emphasizes the process and problems of individual assessment (including the use of outcome measures in psychotherapy) and diagnosis that arise within the practice of clinical psychology. Students are also introduced to the historical, political, and contextual issues regarding the diagnosis and categorization of human experience.

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