A review of various forms of psychopathology including addictive, adjustment, anxiety, childhood, dissociative, impulse control, mood, organic, personality, psychophysiological, schizophrenic, and sexual disorders. Based on a review of contemporary research findings, lectures and discussion will focus on the most relevant approaches for understanding, diagnosing, and treating psychological disorders. The biopsychosocial model will serve as a basis for explaining the etiology of psychological disorders, and discussion will focus on empirically supported interventions for treating these conditions.
Students will watch pre-recorded lectures, interactive demonstrations of content, and clinical case examples online and will be expected to complete outside reading. The opportunity to apply and critically evaluate material will occur through posted questions, small group break-out activities, and large group discussions. This course involves three exams. Typically there will be two empirical articles to read each week. Each week students will also respond to preparation questions on an individual and group basis. Students will read a memoir and write a 5-page paper. At the end of the semester, students will complete a 5-7 page research paper.
Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 Amherst college students. Not open to first-year students. Offered Fall semester: Professor McQuade. Spring semester: Prof. Kneeland.
If Overenrolled: By seniority and declared psychology majors.