Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies (COU561)

Synopsis

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

Topics

  • 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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