Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies (COU561)


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 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

  • Assemble an overview of common psychological disorders through (late) adulthood
  • Assess the symptoms, and appraise the causes of common psychological disorders through childhood to (late) adulthood
  • Differentiate between develpmental and pathological disorders
  • Compare and contrast different types of psychological disorder
  • Examine and critique reserach findings on selected psychological disorders, and mental health problems in local context
  • Plan a simple assessment for a local client with psychological disorder using DSM-V criteria, and formulate practical/realistic intervention plans based on the assessment
  • Compare the different intervention approaches to treating the different types of psychological disorder
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