Catalog 2016-2017 
    
    Jun 25, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology

5 credits
Students will learn to identify symptoms of abnormal psychological disorders and diagnostic classifications, including various models of treatment. Students will gain a better understanding of maladaptive behavior and its impact on individuals, families, and society. They will also acquire basic information regarding the identification and management of high-risk situations that may occur during the course of their work as a human service professional.

Prerequisites: ENGL 093  or equivalent test score.

Quarters Offered: All

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Define the four components of abnormal behavior
  • Compare and contrast the theoretical models of abnormal behavior
  • Differentiate between varieties of psychological disorders as defined in the DSM
  • Examine the role of the human service professional in working with clients with diagnosed psychological disorders
  • Describe the effects of maladaptive behavior on individuals, families, and society
  • Illustrate methods for de-escalating the angry/emotional client
  • Implement crisis management techniques
  • Analyze personal and professional limits and employ self-care to avoid burnout
  • Evaluate the impact of cultural norms on the determination of abnormal behavior