PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
U1DD 2010 DC
Dapper, Karen L.
Professor of Behavioral Sciences/Adjunct Faculty
Doctorate in Psychology
Monday & Wednesday 1600 - 1700
June 7 - August 1, 2010
5:00 - 10:15 PM
As per Park University requirements
Textbook: Comer, Ronald (2010). Abnormal Psychology: Seventh Edition. Worth Publishers: New York, NY.
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Additional Resources: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.
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Educational Philosophy: The professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, dialogues, examinations, class presentations, assignments and writings. The professor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Areas of Focus
All Areas of Focus need to be supported with empirical research.
Describe the disorder you are researching.
2. DSM-IV APPLICATION
List the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Discuss the ethical and responsible use of the DSM-IV in general and with this particular disorder. Cultural influences need to be included in discussion.
3. 4 Ds—DISTRESS, DEVIANCE, DYSFUNCTION AND DANGER
Describe the disorder according to the level of Distress, Deviance, Dysfunction and Danger for a person diagnosed with this disorder.
4. MODELS OF ABNORMALITY THAT EXPLAIN THE ETIOLOGY
Identify at least 2 theoretical models of abnormality that provide an understanding of the etiology for the disorder. Based on the research, discuss which model best explains the etiology.
Identify at least 2 treatments that are currently being used to treat this disorder. Based on the research discuss which treatment is the most effective.
6. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
Discuss what have been the historical influences and changes for this disorder in the last 100 years. Describe the cultural influences for the disorder and discuss the occurrence of this disorder in other cultures.
Discuss the prognosis for a person with this disorder.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: The student will be required to read all assigned materials and engage in an ongoing dialog with the professor during class. The core assignment will be turned in on time as noted above. Each student will research one major mental illness from a diagnostic perspective and present this research and associated implications for individuals afflicted with this mental illness to the class. Finally, each student will complete the midterm and final examinations as noted below.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any submission of late assignments must be pre-approved by the professor. Any late assignments will have points deducted from the final grade. All assignments must be completed by the last day of the quarter.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Participation is expected and an integral part of the final grade. The student is expected to attend all classes and be on time. Class assignments are expected to be turned as assigned. Any deviation from the schedule listed below will need prior approval by the professor.
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Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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