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Abnormal Psychology

Course Number: 10-809-159
Credits: 3
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Description: 10-809-159 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY ...surveys features, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior through major theoretical perspectives. Introduces the diagnosis system of the DSM-IV, the history, cultural/social differences, current perspectives, diagnosis criteria/treatments. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
Total Credits: 3

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Course Competencies

  1. Explore the historical and theoretical models of abnormal psychology
  2. Explain research methods as they apply to the field of abnormal psychology
  3. Summarize the characteristics of psychological disorders
  4. Explore the use of assessment tools and classification systems in diagnosis
  5. Examine the potential causes and treatments of psychological disorders
  6. Identify moral, ethical, and legal considerations in mental health fields
  7. Explore psychological wellness
  8. Investigate mental health resources and possible obstacles to achieving psychological well-being
  9. Explore future directions in theory and practice of abnormal psychology