School of Professional Psychology and Health PSY 5601 3.0
This course is an introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders with an emphasis on a multidimensional approach to understanding the sources of human suffering. The course begins with exploring history, culture, and politics in the identification and understanding of psychopathology and wellness, followed by critical examination of the development of diagnostic classification systems in light of these issues. The remainder of the course is devoted to becoming familiar with the use of the DSM classification in diagnosing mental disorders and gaining experience in the use of diagnostic interviews. Throughout the course, the students will work on developing a multilayered and integrative view of psychopathology and wellness that includes consistent considerations of culture and diversity issues.