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1 Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies Course Outline Course # & Title: PYCL 584 – Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Psychopathology Credit Hours: 3 Location/Section: Miami/MI3 Dates: March 19, 20, 21, 2010 April 16, 17, 18, 2010 Instructor: Craig D. Marker, Ph.D. [email protected] Class Times: Fridays 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Saturdays 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Sundays 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Required Texts: Barlow, D. H., (2001) Clinical handbook of psychological disorders, fourth edition, Guildford Press. ISBN: 9781593855727 (Guilford has 50% off student specials that they run frequently; check their website) American Psychiatric Association. (2000) DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Publishing. ISBN: 0890420254 Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the definition and study of abnormal or maladaptive behavior, including a broad range of psychopathology relevant to the adult and aged populations. Emphasis will be placed on a descriptive review of the major DSM-IV disorders, supplemented with theoretical considerations of etiology and treatment approaches including the use of psychopharmacological interventions. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1) Recognize and classify psychopathology within the current diagnostic system. 2) Know the etiology, the diagnostic process and nomenclature, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. 3) Have knowledge of ethical treatment approaches for each disorder. 4) Have knowledge of the basic psychotropic medications used in the major disorders for the purpose of making appropriate referrals and monitoring side effects.2 5) Describe how each major psychiatric disorder will present on the mental status examination. 6) Understand the impact of trauma causing events such as crises and disasters, as well as the operation of emergency managements systems within the clinical mental health community. 7) Have familiarity with a structured clinical interview (i.e., SCID or ADIS) as a means to provide diagnosis. Calendar: Prior to the first Friday skim Barlow Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 (additional reading assignments may be posted on WebCT; please check often) Friday, March 19 -Introduction and course overview; Concepts of psychopathology Saturday, March 20 -Anxiety Disorders Sunday, March 21 -Anxiety Disorders (cont.) and Mood Disorders MIDTERM EXAM Prior to Friday, April 16 skim Barlow Chapters 9-15 (additional reading assignments will be posted on WebCT; please check often) Friday, April 16 -Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (PAPER DUE) Saturday, April 17 -Addictive Disorders; Sunday, April 18 -Psychosexual, Personality, and Cognitive/Dementia Disorders FINAL EXAM Description of Assignments Examinations – Midterm and Final An examination will be given every weekend based on the readings and lectures. The examinations will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer. Case Study Research Paper A case will be presented on the first weekend of class. A paper related to this study will need to be completed and turned in by April 16. This paper will consist of a DSM-IV multiaxial diagnosis, a list of the criteria used to make the diagnosis, and a presentation of all possible diagnoses that were ruled out with a rationale of why the diagnoses were excluded. In addition, a review of the relevant literature related to this disorder covering the patient’s diagnosis, in particular, information concerning research on epidemiology, treatment, and etiology. The paper must be a minimum of 5 typewritten, double spaced pages utilizing the publication format of the APA. Resources must be referenced. Grading Criteria: The course requirements and grade for the course will include: (1) 2 Examinations (70% grade; 35% each one) (2) Case Study Research Paper (20% of grade) (3) Class Participation (10% of grade)3 The following grading scale will be used for all assignments: Points Grade Points Grade 100 – 90 = A 79.50 – 65 = C 89.50 – 80 = B 64.50 or below = F Cell phones, pagers, noisy watches: Please either turn off or switch to a vibrating setting any pagers, cell phones, etc. Please inform the instructor if your situation is of a critical nature and requires you to respond to these devices. Late Arrival/Early Departure: Students are expected to arrive on time. Students that arrive late are unlikely to have sufficient opportunity to participate and may lose points on their grade. Additionally, students that depart more than 15 minutes before the end of class again may not have sufficient participation and lose points. Please plan accordingly for traffic, bad weather, childcare, job issues, difficulty parking, and other foreseeable events. Notes: • I would like to make myself available for assistance as much as possible. Please feel free to bring up questions related to the materials during class time. In between classes, please email me or write your question in our WebCT discussions. It is quite common for many people to have the same question, so please feel free to share your questions in the discussions. • I will attempt to present the material in many different ways in order to facilitate learning. Sometimes, the method of presentation may not fit your style of learning. Please ask questions if the material does not make sense. • I will also try to bring out your learning through class participation. There is no expectation of mastering the topic during class participation. Rather class participation is a place to ‘chew’ through the problems in order to learn it better. We will be doing many role plays of therapy and assessment of psychopathology. When I ask for classroom participation it is to work through this process. I hope that we will laugh and have some fun during this class. However, please be supportive to your classmates when they are participating. I am sure that you are all very empathetic of the process of being in front of others in class. • I would like to use WebCT for discussions and as a forum for students to discuss issues. I will also post articles and helpful materials there. Please access it as soon as possible. If you can’t access it, email me or the person you registered with to get access. Bibliography American

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