Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychological Disorders and Intervention Strategies

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 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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