Psychopathology – COUC 546

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

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, decisions-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 biopsychosocialspiritual lens to understand and treat mental disorders.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® 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:

  1. Identify the established diagnostic classifications and criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) for neurodevelopmental, neurocognitive, mental, and emotional disorders and substance abuse, with consideration of co-occurring disorders.
  2. Analyze case studies to apply the principles and processes of diagnosis including assessment, differential diagnosis, cultural/biblical worldview, and case conceptualization using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the etiology of neurodevelopmental, mental, emotional, and other mental health disorders including substance abuse, with considerations of cultural and biblical worldview implications.
  4. Synthesize the principles and models of normalcy and psychopathology leading to diagnoses with consideration of multiculturalism, biblical worldview, and prevention.
  5. Formulate a case presentation that demonstrates an understanding of diagnostic principles by identifying a particular psychopathological disorder and applying evidence-based treatments to the disorder, including consideration of appropriate referrals and cultural and biblical worldview implications.
  6. Identify classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for appropriate medical referral and consultation.

Key Performance Indicator Matrix Assignments

Key Performance Indicator

Evidence: Course/Learning Experience

KPI 9 (5.C). Students demonstrate the ability to synthesize counseling theories into a comprehensive bio-psychosocial-spiritual theoretical approach that informs assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for diverse individual, group, and family client(s) with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders (Measures PLO #1, 3, 6, 7).

Benchmark Case Presentation Paper Assignment

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

Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15-16, 13); Case Study

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

Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Ch. 5; 9–10);

 

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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13) Case Studies 1-5

 

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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13) Case Studies 1-5

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

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

Case Presentation Paper, Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Case Studies                                                                    

 

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

Case Studies                                                     

F.8  Research and Program Evaluation

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

Case Presentation 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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch 1-4, 6–7);

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

Discussion: Christian Worldview of Psychopathology; Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

 

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

Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10)

 

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

Case Presentation Paper, Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7)

 

CMHC CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS

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

Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

 

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.

Case Presentation Paper,  Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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).

Case Presentation Paper,  Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10),

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

Case Study 2

 

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

Case Presentation Paper, Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Case Presentation Paper, Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Case Presentation Paper, Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

CMHC PRACTICE

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

Case Presentation Paper, Case Studies (all 5); Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma- & Stress-Related, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Ch. 1– 4, 6–7), Quiz: Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Psychotic Disorders (Cs. 9–10), Quiz: Factitious, Somatic, Physical, Neurocognitive, Dissociative, and V or Z Codes (Ch. 11–12,. 8, 14), Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

 

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

Quiz: Disorders Often First Seen in Childhood or Adolescence (Ch. 15–16; 13)

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

Quiz: Anxiety, Trauma-, & Stress-Related, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Video Discussion

For this assignment the student will post an initial video post for the prompt for each forum. The initial video must be minimum of 3 minutes to a maximum of 5 minutes long and must contain at least two sources: the Bible and one (1) scholarly source outside the Learn and Textbook materials. The student must comment on his/her posted video, with a written current APA reference for the source cited. In addition to the initial post, the student is required post two (2) VIDEO replies, either two (2) replies to classmates or one (1) reply to a classmate and one (1) reply to a question posted by the instructor. Both of the replies must be a minimum of 2 minutes long and a maximum of 3 minutes long and use at least one (1) scholarly source. (MLOs: D) 

DSM-5 Summaries Assignments (4)

The student will have four sets of summaries to complete. Each set will contain a 1-page summary of a category of disorders (one page per category; e.g., in Summary set 1, one page for Bipolar and Related Disorders, one page for Depressive Disorders, and one page for Anxiety Disorders). Each category should include the following headings: Overview, Disorders, and Risk and Prognostic Factors. (MLOs: A, C) 

Benchmark Case Presentation Paper Assignment

The student will create a case presentation including the following sections: Identifying Information, Presenting Concerns, History, Mental Status Exam, Treatment Recommendations, and Answer Key. The assignment must be 7-8 pages long, excluding the title page and reference page. The paper must be in current APA format and does not require an abstract. This assignment requires a minimum of two resources from peer-reviewed journals that are less than 10 years old.

Step 1: The student will submit a request for the diagnosis on which they will base their case presentation as a quiz in Module 3. The student must receive written approval from the professor to proceed with the case presentation.

Step 2: The student will write a Case Presentation using the following sections: Identifying Information, Presenting Concerns, History, Mental Status Exam, Treatment Recommendations, and Answer Key. (MLOs: B, D, E)

Case Study Assignments (5)

The student must write a 3-5-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. (MLOs: B, D)

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Learn & Textbook material for the specified modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour 30 minute time limit. The module 3 quiz is a text response in which you will enter the topic for your module 7 paper. (MLOs: A, C, F (chapter quizzes); B, E (Module 3 quiz).