PSYC 152 -
May 20-Jun 14 01:00 04:45 TWR
Alterations may be made as the need arises in the judgment of the professor. Please check on Blackboard and listen for inclass announcements for potential changes in any part of this syllabus.
Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D.Phone: (802) 656-4110 – do not leave messages – email is betterE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: 240 John Dewey HallOffice Hours: Tu 12:00-1:00pm
Course Main Objectives
To increase students’ knowledge of psychological theory and research concerning differentforms of mental illness and “abnormal” behavior, with a particular emphasis on thebiopsychosocial perspective.
To increase students’ understanding of the social, historical, and cultural contexts of mentalillness.
To enhance students’ ability to understand the language used in the field of clinicalpsychology.
To introduce different theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior. Students will developan understanding of the basic assumptions behind alternative models that attempt to explainabnormal behavior. For each psychological disorder covered, students will examine theproposed causes and treatments offered by each perspective. The value of an integratedapproach will be emphasized.
To familiarize students to the art of identifying the most crucial information from written andoral presentations (i.e., textbook, journal articles and lectures).
Required:Kearney, C.A. & Trull, T.J. (2011). Abnormal Psychology and Life: A dimensional Approach.Optional:American Psychiatric Association (2000).
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Edition Text Revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.Readings:Posted on BlackBoard
Personal Psychological Wellbeing:
Approximately half of the population is expected toexperience substantial psychological problems at some point in their lives. Thus, it is likely thatsome students will know someone with psychological difficulties or are experiencingpsychological difficulties themselves. While I hope the class will provide valuable information onmental health, just learning this information is not enough to solve problems. The best move youcan make, should you or someone you know be experiencing psychological distress, is tocontact the school counseling center (The Jacobs House Office: 802.656.3340; Redstone