July 2021 COURSE SYLLABUS
Professor Nathaniel Chapman is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the UC San Diego. He has diagnosed and treated various populations including spinal cord injuries, substance abuse patients, veterans and adolescents, as well as children. Professor Chapman also specializes in couples therapy utilizing empirically supported Gottman Method treatment. He developed co-curricular community outreach programming for undergraduates interested in clinical psychology.
This course provides an introduction of the causes, characteristics, and treatment of psychological disorders. Emphasis is given to the interaction between biological, psychological, and sociocultural processes contributing to abnormal behavior.
Student Learning Objectives:
The Introduction to Mental Disorders course is designed to give you an introduction to Mental Illness and Mental Wellness. The course will provide you with an overview of the major approaches to developing and treating psychological disorders.
Methods of Instruction:
Lectures, discussions, audiovisual presentations, readings, and personal investigation. Students’ views and opinions are a refreshing addition to the class format. However, disrespect will not be tolerated. You are ultimately responsible for your performance and its results. By reading and studying, you will be at a significant advantage in applying your knowledge in classroom discussions and assignments. Therefore, I encourage you to purchase a textbook as soon as possible and begin reading and exploring the material on your own, where the full responsibility for your academic success ultimately lies. (we may not be able to cover all that is projected, and the syllabus is subject to change) It is recommended that you read the assigned chapters before coming to class.
Students will gain insight on how to conduct the 3 methods of thought introduced below, and use these methods of thought to analyze case studies using vignette techniques.
Students will formulate focused questions and hypotheses, evaluate existing knowledge, collect and analyze data, and draw justifiable conclusions.
Students will make connections and transfer skills, and learn amount-varied disciplines, domains of thinking, experiences, and situations.
Students will analyze real-world problems quantitatively, formulate reasonable estimates, assess the validity of visual representations of quantitative information, and differentiate valid from questionable statistical conclusions.
Week 1: July 5-9
Covers Chapter 1-3 of the Textbook
Introduction to the course and psychological disorders
History and Trends
Models of Abnormality
Differential Diagnosis Vignette
Week 2: July 12-16
Covers Chapters 3-5
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Week 3: July 19-23
Covers Chapter 6-7 & 12
Paranoid Personality Disorders
Schizoid Personality Disorders
Schizotypal Personality Disorders
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
“Anxious” Personality Disorders
End of Course Reflection
|Title||Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology|
|Author(s)||Ronald J. Comer & Jonathan S. Comer|
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