Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies (COU561)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course takes students through the development of psychopathology from childhood throughadolescence to adulthood. A wide range of psychological disorders and mental health problems willbe examined, illustrated by case studies. Assessment, intervention and prevention of such disorderswill also be discussed.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Definition and historical perspectives on abnormality
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders I (panic disorder and social phobia)
  • Anxiety Disorder II (generalised anxiety disorder and obessive compulsive disorder)
  • Mood disorders I (major depressive disorder, dysthymia)
  • Mood disorders II (bipolar disorder)
  • Health anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorder

Learning Outcome

  • Present a broad overview of mental health, common psychological disorders, relevant evidence-based intervention approaches and ethical clinical practices
  • Identify, assess and evaluate significant clinical symptom, patterns and problems
  • Compare and contrast different types of psychological disorder
  • Appraise clients’ presenting problems holistically within the individuals’ life through consideration of personal, biological, cultural and psychosocial factors
  • Examine major theories on the aetiology of common psychological disorders
  • Plan and write out intake assessments of clients
  • Plan and recommend appropriate intervention plans for the client and his/her family.
  • Develop familiarity on strategies on at least one therapy approach
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