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PSY5403 Diagnosis and Assessment of Psychopathology A

Course Description

This course is part one of a two-quarter sequence and it examines notions of health and psychopathology from individual, familial, and systemic perspectives. It focuses on the history, development, use, and critique of the DSM-5, with an emphasis on all mental disorders diagnosed except for Personality Disorders (to be discussed in Psychopathology B) and diagnoses designed for children (to be discussed in the Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy sequence). DSM-5 diagnoses will be explored from various viewpoints, including assessment (formal—such as mental status exam—and informal—such as intake interviews), differential diagnosis, neuropsychology findings, psychopharmacology, and a bio-psycho-social approach. Culturally sensitive diagnosis is included as well as the scope of LPCC and LMFT practice, use of referrals, inter-disciplinary and inter-agency cooperation, and wellness/recovery principles. This course is the first of a two-quarter sequence with PSY 5404 taken with same instructor.