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Course Description

This course is an introduction to clinical psychology and mental health including a multidimensional conceptualization of mental health, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Common psychological disorders will be explored with respect to etiology, assessment, current diagnosis and classification, as well as treatment. Emphasis will be given to broad empirical research and to the experiences of individuals with these disorders.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain the conceptualization of abnormality and psychological disorders using an integrative framework
  2. Identify key symptoms, etiology and related factors (biological, social, behavioural, emotional, cognitive), course, and correlates of common psychological disorders.
  3. Discuss basic evidence-based assessment and treatment of major psychological disorders
  4. Apply diagnostic criteria and case formulations in the assessment of major psychological disorders
  5. Evaluate issues surrounding psychopathology (e.g., identify myths and stereotypes) and the portrayals of mental health and illness in the media
  6. Discuss the impact of stigma on experience of mental health difficulties and vice versa
  7. Demonstrate appropriate professionalism, academic independence, personal organization, and time management in completing assigned course tasks

Course Topics

  • Introduction and Understanding Behaviour in Historical Context
  • Integrative Approach to Psychopathology and Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Anxiety, Trauma and Dissociation
  • Reflection, Review, and Midterm #1
  • Mood and Personality
  • Psychosis and Stigma
  • Neurodevelopment, Aging and Cognition
  • Reflection, Review and Midterm #2
  • Eating and Sleeping
  • Stress, Health, Preoccupation and Obsession
  • Mental Health Services
  • Reflection, Review and Catch Up for Final Exam

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PSYC*1000

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Reflection Papers 20%
Midterm #1 20%
Midterm #2 25%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

 

Note:

Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

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