Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies (COU561)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


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

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY 2 YEARS


  • Overview of Abnormality
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders I (panic disorder and social phobia)
  • Anxiety Disorder II (generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Mood disorders I (major depressive disorder, dysthymia)
  • Mood disorders II (bipolar disorder)
  • Health anxiety
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Eating disorder
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (intellectual disorders, stuttering, Autism Spectrum disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder, Tic disorders)
  • Disruptive, Impulse-control, and Conduct disorders (Oppositional Defiant disorder, Conduct disorder, Kleptomania),
  • Sleep and Mental Health

Learning Outcome

  • Examine major theories 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 within the individuals’ life through consideration of personal, biological, cultural and psychosocial factors.
  • Compare and contrast different types of psychological disorder.
  • Plan intake assessments.
  • Recommend appropriate intervention plans for the clients and their families.
  • Design contextually relevant intervention strategies.
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