Psychological Disorders and Interventions

Subject code: PY4205:03 

This subject presents empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive mental processes and behaviour, psychosocial disorders, and dysfunctions across the lifespan.

Students will learn about major areas of psychological dysfunction, as well as problems of diagnosis and assessment.

Clinical aspects related to symptoms, aetiology and intervention, and the theories and research findings which underpin them will be presented from an integrative, multifactorial perspective. The need to appreciate and understand psychological disorders from the perspective of a professional working in culturally diverse settings, framed by increasing global health challenges will be emphasised.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify key theoretical perspectives and methods, maladaptive mental processes, psychosocial disorders, behaviours and dysfunction.
  • Apply diagnostic criteria using the DSM-5 to identify psychological disorders and choose culturally appropriate treatments.

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