Psychopathology – CEFS 546

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course studies psychological disorders and normalcy across the lifespan. Students are prepared to responsibly and competently assess, diagnose, conceptualize, and counsel clients as defined by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual classification system. Concepts and constructs, assessment processes, etiology, cultural factors, differential diagnosis, decision-making, and evidence-based therapeutic approaches are emphasized. Clinical and scientific research is integrated through the course with a biblical worldview so that students will have a robust biopsychosocial-spiritual lens to understand and treat mental disorders.

Prerequisites

(CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 504 or MAAC 504 or COUN 504) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505 or MAAC 505 or ADCN 505) and (CEFS 500 or COUN 500) and (CEFS 502 or COUN 502) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505 or ADCN 505 or MAAC 505)

Rationale

Becoming a professional in the field of counseling will require a thorough knowledge of the current diagnostic criteria used by the mental health profession. Making an accurate differential diagnosis is a key component of effective counseling. Understanding the DSM-5 and acquiring interviewing strategies for effectively and efficiently gathering diagnostic information will aid the developing counselor in becoming competent. This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in order to be competent in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning using the DSM-5. Further, the course contains information that you will need to know in order to pass most state licensure exams.

Proficient knowledge of all aspects of human behavior, coupled with sound biblical values, will permit a more active and excellent, informed dialogue and critique of present clinical practice.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in an online format, with Blackboard® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.

 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Common Core Courses Matrix of Student Competencies

F.3  Human Growth & Development


CACREP Standard

Course/Experience –Learning Experiences

F.3.c. theories of normal and abnormal personality development

Exam 4; Case Study

F.3.d.  theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behavior

Exam 2 (Ch. 5; 9–10);

 

F.3.e.  biological, neurological, and physiological factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Exams 1 (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Exam 2 (Cs. 9–10), Exam 3 (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Exam 4 (Ch. 15–16; 13) Case Studies 1-3; Evidence-based Treatment Research Paper;

 

F.3.f. systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Exams 1 (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Exam 2 (Cs. 9–10), Exam 3 (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Exam 4 (Ch. 15–16; 13) Case Studies 1-3; Evidence-based Treatment Research Paper

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

F.5.d.  ethical and culturally relevant strategies for establishing and maintaining in-person and technology-assisted relationships

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper, Exam 1 (Cultural/Ethical Issues in Diagnosis); Exam 4 (Ch 16);

 

F.5.g. essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills

Case Studies 1=3                                                                        

 

F.5.n. process for aiding students in developing a personal model of counseling

Case Studies 1=3                                                                        

 

F.8  Research and Program Evaluation

F.8.b. identification of evidence-based counseling practices

Evidenced based treatment research paper;

Evidence of Student Competencies: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 


CACREP Standard

Course/ExperienceLearning Experiences

CMHC FOUNDATIONS

CMHC 1.a. history and development of clinical mental health counseling

Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7);

CMHC 1.b. theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling,

Discussion Board 1; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14),  Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 1.c. principles, models, and documentation formats of biopsychosocial case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14),  Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 1.d. neurobiological and medical foundation and etiology of addiction and co-occurring disorders

Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10);

 

CMHC 1.e. psychological tests and assessments specific to clinical mental health counseling 

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper, Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6-7)

 

CMHC CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS

CMHC 2.b. etiology, nomenclature, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16);

 

CMHC 2.c. mental health service delivery modalities within the continuum of care, such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment and aftercare, clinical mental health counseling services network.

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16);

 

CMHC 2.d. diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, and the use of current diagnostic classification systems, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16);

 

CMHC 2.e. potential for substance use disorders to mimic and co-occur with a variety of neurological, medical and psychological disorder

Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2

 

CMHC 2.f.  impact of crises and trauma- on individuals with mental health diagnoses

 

Discussion Board 2

 

CMHC 2.h. G.3. classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psycho pharmacological medications for appropriate medical referrals  and consultation  

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 2.i.  legislation and government policy relevant to clinical mental health counseling

Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 2.j. D.2. cultural factors relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper, Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

CMHC 2.l. A.2. Understands ethical and legal considerations specifically related to the practice of clinical mental health counseling

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC PRACTICE

CMHC 3.b. techniques and interventions for the prevention and  treatment of a broad range of mental health issues

Evidence-Based Treatment Research Paper,  Case Studies 1,2, 3; Exam 1 (Ch 1-4, 6–7); Exam 2 (Ch 5. 9–10); Exam 3 (Ch 8, 11–12, 14), Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 3.c. strategies for interfacing with the legal system regarding court-referred clients

Exam 4 (Ch 13, 15–16)

 

CMHC 3.e. strategies to advocate for persons with mental health issues

Discussion Board 3

 

 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion Board Forums 1 and 2 are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Discussion Board Forum 3 requires completing a Social Experiential Activity of Psychopathology. Each student will create a “bizarre” activity to carry out in the natural environment. The purpose of the assignment is to peek into the experience that many people who have mental disorders live. It is an honor system that each student will carry out their activity.

After performing the exercise, each student will use the discussion board forum 3 prompt to describe their experiment and reflect on the experience in terms of issues relevant to psychopathology. Each initial thread must be at least 400 words, incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge along with reporting on the experiential activity. Each student should respond to at least two other classmates. MLO: H.

DSM-5 Summaries

The student must complete a 100–150-word summary for 5 disorder categories listed in the DSM-5. The summaries must be in current APA format.

Evidence-based Research Paper

Topic

The student must select a topic from a list of provided disorder categories and submit a 100-word rationale for his/her interest in the topic.

Abstract and Annotated Bibliography

The student must construct a 250-word abstract and annotated bibliography with at least 10 sources in current APA format.

Outline

The student must use the provided outline template to construct a working outline of his/her paper.

Final

The student must write a 12–14-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on his/her selected topic from the provided list of disorder categories. The paper must include at least 10 scholarly sources in addition to referencing the course textbooks and the Bible. The following areas must be included:

Research Paper:

  1. A succinct overview of the disorders in this DSM-5 category (do not copy and paste from the DSM-5—this information must be evaluated and reworded into your own words)
  2. Potential causes of these disorders (think nature and nurture both in this section: genetics, heredity, environment, and spiritual)
  3. What processes would be used to evaluate for disorders in this category
  4. Treatment options for these disorders
  5. A biblical perspective of these disorders and their treatment
  6. Future research considerations for disorders in this category

Case Studies (3)

The student must write 3–4-page Case Study in current APA format that determines the key issues presented, provides diagnostic impressions based upon the DSM-5, and includes treatment recommendations that support a collaborative effort and include a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach. Each Case Study must include at least 2–3 scholarly sources in addition to referencing the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the specified modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1 hour and 30 minutes time limit.