A. General Learning Objectives
This course seeks to:
- To present the predominant types of personality and behavior disorders and their etiology.
- To explore the therapeutic techniques and delivery of service systems used to address these disorders.
- To familiarize the student with the techniques and results of recent research in abnormal psychology.
- To develop an empathetic attitude toward those who struggle with these disorders.
- To explore these difficulties from a relational, contextual, and systemic approach.
B. Specific Behavioral Objectives
As a result of the activities and study in this course, the student should be able to:
- Understand principles of human development; human sexuality; gender development; psychopathology; couple processes; family development and processes (e.g., family dynamics, relational dynamics, systemic dynamics); co-morbidities related to health and illness; substance use disorders and treatment; diversity; and power, privilege, and oppression (AAMFT 2.1.1).
- Understand the major mental health disorders, including the epidemiology, etiology, phenomenology, effective treatments, course, and prognosis (AAMFT 2.1.2).
- Understand the clinical needs and implications of persons who suffer from co-occurring disorders (e.g., substance abuse and mental health) (AAMFT 2.1.3).
- Comprehend individual, couple, and family assessment instruments appropriate to presenting problem and practice setting (AAMFT 2.1.4).
- Understand the current models for assessment and diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders (AAMFT 2.1.5).
- Understand the current models for assessment and diagnosis of relational functioning (AAMFT 2.1.6).
- Understand the limitations of the models of assessment and diagnosis, especially as they relate to different cultural, economic, and ethnic groups (AAMFT 2.1.7).
- Understand the concepts of reliability and validity, their relationship to assessment instruments, and how they influence therapeutic decision-making (AAMFT 2.1.8).
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