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Spring, 2013

FT508

Branton

FT508: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND FAMILY SYSTEMS.    Raymond Branton, PhD.

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

This course focuses upon DSM IV diagnosis for individuals and relationships in the context of the family. Students will learn how to interview clients and to gather information sufficient to make a DSM diagnosis and identify areas of individual and family dysfunction. Students will explore current social attitudes concerning psychopathology and treatment particularly focusing upon issues of integration with Christian faith. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to make DSM diagnoses from vignettes/video tapes of clinical data. They will be able to articulate information regarding the family of origin related to the particular disorder.

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1.     Recognize the existence of a continuum between adaptive and maladaptive patterns of human behavior.

2.     Correctly use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

3.     Relate various forms of mental disorders to the intrapsychic and family systemic dynamics of human development.

4.     Interpret psychopathology from bio-psycho-social, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual viewpoints.

5.     Utilize the formal vocabulary and categories of psychotherapeutic diagnoses.

6.     Recognize basic effects of pharmacotherapy for Axis I disorders.

7.     Identify psychopathological susceptibilities within multi-cultural groups.

8.     Consider Christian theological perceptions and perspectives of psychopathology.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO SCHOOL AND SEMINARY LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1.     Graduates will demonstrate the ability to provide excellent preventive and/or transformational mental health services to the church and the wider community through their informed knowledge of psychopathology.

2.     Graduates will be prepared to contribute to the development of knowledge as it relates specifically to the interface of spiritual and psychological diagnoses of functioning.

3.     Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes necessary to provide accurate diagnoses in diverse communities locally and globally.

4.     Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify critical issues of diversity and make appropriate responses.

5.     Graduates will be able to pursue careers consistent with their education.

 

COURSE FORMAT

This 4 unit course will meet once weekly for three hours for lecture, discussion and viewing of diagnostic videos.

 

REQUIRED READING:

American Psychiatric Association.  (2000).  Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM IV-TR (4th ed.).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association. ISBN: 978-0890420256. List price: $99.

Kaslow, F. W. (Ed.) (1996).  Handbook of relational diagnosis and dysfunctional family patterns.  New York: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0471080787. List price: $ 120.

Spitzer, R. L., Gibbon, M., Skodol, A. E., Williams, J. B., & First, M. B.  (2001).  DSM IV-TR Casebook: A learning companion to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (latest ed.).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press. ISBN: 978-1585620586. List price: $99.

 

RECOMMENDED READING:

Dana, R. H. (1993).  Multicultural assessment perspectives for professional practice.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 978-0205140923. List price: $106.40.

Zuckerman, Edward L., (2005) The ClinicianÕs Thesaurus: The Guide to conducting interviews and writing psychological reports, 6th Ed., Guilford Press. ISBN: 978-1572304376. List price: $46.

Kring, A.M., Davison, G.C., Neale, J.M., & Johnson, S.L. (2007).  Abnormal Psychology (10th Ed), Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0471692386. List price: $143.81. 

Watters, E. (2010). Crazy like us: The globalization of the American psyche. New York: Free Press. ISBN: 978-1416587088. List price: $26.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Substantial reading in DSMIV-TR and case studies.  Weekly quizzes using diagnostic skills.  Final Examination.  No final paper.

 

PREREQUISITES:

FS500, FS505 and admission to the MFT program.

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:

1.     Meets BPC Sections 4980.36(d)(1)(A); 4980.36(d)(2)(A) for the State of CA.

2.     Meets AAMFT core competency domains 2.1, 2.2.

 

FINAL EXAMINATION:

Yes.