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 Welcome to your Capella University online course, PSY8220 – Advanced

Psychopathology.
This course builds upon material learned in PSY6210 (or PSY8210) – Introduction to
Psychopathology, and has a variety of foci. It assumes:

 A working knowledge of the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
 Familiarity with the primary categories of psychopathology.
 The ability to conceptualize psychopathology in a complex multifactorial manner.
 Some exposure to critiques of the DSM and current thinking about psychopathology.
Learners without some development of these skill sets should reconsider the
appropriateness of taking this course.

In this course, you will be exposed to critiques of the DSM as a scientific enterprise, and
you are encouraged to seriously consider other methods of classifying psychopathology
that might be more scientifically robust and clinically useful.
PSY6210 (or PSY8210) introduced an overarching meta-theory, the stress-diathesis
model, as a way to think about psychopathology more broadly than the current DSM.
Similarly, rich but different meta-theories are introduced in this course. The
developmental psychopathology perspective and attachment theory are two such models.
These have particular application to child and adolescent psychopathology, but like all
valuable broad theories, they can inform and elucidate many other areas, such as adult
psychopathology, and the psychology of aging.
 A number of diagnostic categories with both children and adults will be explored in more
depth. Since PSY6210 (or PSY8210) devoted most of its ten units primarily to adult
disorders, this course will place special emphasis on child and adolescent disorders. There
will also be some consideration of psychopathology in the senior years. While these two
courses in no way exhaust all the diagnostic categories of psychopathology, you will have
some exposure to the most common diagnostic categories in children, adolescents, and
adults upon completion of this two-course sequence.
 This course also continues the use of complex case studies as a vehicle for developing
greater diagnostic facility from PSY8210.
 Application of diagnostic concepts across cultures is addressed, with the goal of
becoming aware of the capacity to stereotype, and how to correct that.
 The course is based on two overarching themes: thinking critically and scientifically
about the material presented, and viewing psychopathology, coping, vulnerability, and
resilience as complex multi-factored processes that evolve over the life span. The course
utilizes readings from scientific and lay literature, as well as case studies.

Course Competencies
To successfully complete this course, you will be expected to:
9. Apply DSM diagnostic criteria throughout the life span.
10. Evaluate the DSM and alternative classification systems for mental disorders and/or
competencies.
11. Evaluate key theories and models of life-span psychopathology.
12. Conceptually diagnose case study materials.
13. Analyze cultural biases within diagnostic classification and demonstrate cultural
sensitivity appropriate in diagnostic practice.
14. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations
for members of the psychological professions.
15. Evaluate the methodological, research, historical, and political aspects of diagnosis with
sensitivity to the ethical principles of the field.

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Prerequisites
Information regarding any applicable prerequisites is available through the University
catalog and your advisor.

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Grading
Course requirements include the following major independent measures of learner
competency.

Learning Activity Weights and Scoring Guides

Activity Weight Scoring Guide

Attributes and Evaluation of


1. Discussion Participation 20%
Discussion Contributions.

2. Unit Activities 60%

u02a1: Case Study of Case Study of Soledad, Part 1


10%
Soledad, Part 1 Scoring Guide.
Learning Activity Weights and Scoring Guides

Activity Weight Scoring Guide

u03a1: Case Study of Case Study of Soledad, Part 2


10%
Soledad, Part 2 Scoring Guide.

u05a1: Case Study of Case Study of Alice Scoring


10%
Alice Guide.

u07a1: Case Study of Case Study of Terrel, Part 1


10%
Terrel, Part 1 Scoring Guide.

u08a1: Case Study of Case Study of Terrel, Part 2


10%
Terrel, Part 2 Scoring Guide.

u09a1: Case Study of Case Study of Jamal Scoring


10%
Jamal Guide.

3. Personal Protocol
Based on Case Study 20%
Components

u04a1: Applying DSM Applying DSM Protocol


5%
Protocol Scoring Guide.

u06a1: Integrating
Integrating Hmong Cultural
Hmong Cultural 5%
Sensitivities Scoring Guide.
Sensitivities

u10a1: Personal Protocol Personal Protocol Based on


10%
Based on Case Study Case Study Scoring Guide.

Total: 100%

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Final Course Grade
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
F = 69% and below
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Course Materials
Required
The materials listed below are required to complete the learning activities in this course.

Books
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. ISBN: 9780890425558.
Fadiman, A. (1998). The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her American
doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
ISBN: 9780374525644.
E-books
The following required readings are linked to electronic books in the Capella University
Library. If you need assistance, please refer to the How Do I Find Books? library guide.
Bhugra, D. K., & Dilys, L. D. (2004). Attachment theory. In Models of psychopathology.
Berkshire, GBR: McGraw-Hill Education.
Fisher, J. E., Antonette, M. Z., & Carstensen, L. L. (2001). Psychopathology in the aged. In
Adams & Sutker, P. B. (eds.) Comprehensive handbook of psychopathology (3rd ed.).
Hingham, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Coursepack
These required readings are in a digital coursepack on the VitalSource platform, available
for purchase from the bookstore. After purchase of the coursepack, your bookstore order
confirmation e-mail will provide instructions for accessing the coursepack through
VitalSource. Please follow the directions provided by the bookstore to either download or
access the readings online.
Carlson, E., & Sroufe, A. (1995). Contribution of attachment theory to developmental
psychopathology. In D. Cichetti, & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology:
Volume 1, theory and methods (pp. 581–617). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Cohler, B. J., Stott, F. M., & Musick, S. (1995). Adversity, vulnerability and resilience:
Cultural and developmental perspectives. In D. Cicchetti, & D. Cohen
(Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Volume 2, risk, disorder and adaptation (pp.
753–800). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Gonsiorek, J. C. (1995). Assessment for rehabilitation of exploitative health care professionals
and clergy. In J. C. Gonsiorek (Ed.), Breach of trust: Sexual exploitation by health care
professionals and clergy (pp. 145–162). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Masten, A. S., & Coatsworth, J. D. (1995). Competence, resilience, and psychopathology. In
D. Cicchetti, & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Volume 2, risk,
disorder, and adaptation (pp. 715–752). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Rende, R., & Plomin, R. (1995). Nature, nurture, and the development of psychopathology. In
D. Cicchetti, & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Volume 1, theory and
methods (pp. 291–314). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Staudinger, U. M., Marsiske, M., & Baltes, P. B. (1995). Resilience and reserve capacity in
later adulthood: Potentials and limits of development across the lifespan. In D. Cicchetti,
& D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental psychopathology: Volume 2, Risk, disorder and
adaptation (pp. 801–847). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Articles
Library
The following required readings are provided for you in the Capella University Library or
linked directly in this course. To find library resources, use the Journal and Book
Locator tool found on the library home page.
Boris, N. W., Wheeler, E., Heller, S. S., & Zeanah, C. H. (2000). Attachment and
developmental psychopathology. Psychiatry, 63(1), 75–84.
Fuller-Iglesias, H., Sellars, B., & Antonucci, T. C. (2008). Resilience in old age: Social
relations as a protective factor. Research in Human Development, 5(3), 181–191.
Gabbard, G. O. (1994). Psychotherapists who transgress sexual boundaries with
patients. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 58(1), 124–135.
Guttman-Steinmetz, S., & Crowell, J. A. (2006). Attachment and externalizing disorders: A
developmental psychopathology perspective. Journal of the American Academy of Child
& Adolescent Psychiatry, 45(4), 440–451.
Katsavdakis, K., Gabbard, G. O., & Athey, G. R. (2004). Profiles of impaired health
professionals. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 68(1), 60–72.
Vaillant, G. E., & Mukamal, K. (2001). Successful aging. The American Journal of
Psychiatry, 158(6), 839–47.
Windle, G., Markland, D. A., & Woods, R. T. (2008). Examination of a theoretical model of
psychological resilience in older age. Aging & Mental Health, 12(3), 285–292.
Internet Resources
Please note that URLs change frequently. While the URLs were current when this course
was designed, some may no longer be valid. If you cannot access a specific link, contact
your instructor for an alternative URL. Permissions for the following links have been
either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center. (2014). Retrieved from


http://www.hmongstudies.org
Hmongcenter.org. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.hmongcenter.org
Zur, O., & Nordmarken, N. (2013). DSM-5: Diagnosing for status and money. Summary
critique of the DSM-5. Retrieved from http://www.zurinstitute.com/dsmcritique.html
Optional
The following optional materials are offered to provide you with a better understanding of
the topics in this course. These materials are not required to complete the course.

Optional Books
Use the Journal and Book Locator tool to see if the library has access to the book or
the How Do I Find Books? library guide for additional options.
Bernheim, K. (1997). The Lanahan cases and readings in abnormal behavior. Baltimore,
MD: Lanahan.
Bernheim, K., Rescorla, L., & Rocissano, L. (1999). The Lanahan cases in developmental
psychopathology. Baltimore, MD: Lanahan.
Canino, I. A., & Spurlock, J. (1994). Culturally diverse children and adolescents: Assessment,
diagnosis, treatment. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Cicchetti, D., & Cohen, D. J. (Eds.). (1995). Developmental psychopathology (Vols. 1–2).
New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Everly, G. S., & Lating, J. M. (1995). Psychotraumatology: Key papers and core concepts in
post-traumatic stress. New York, NY: Plenum.
First, M. B. (2013). DSM-5 handbook of differential diagnosis. Arlington, VA: American
Psychiatric Publishing.
Gustafson, J. P. (1992). Self-delight in a harsh world: The main stories of marital and family
psychopathology. New York, NY: W. W. Norton.
Lynn, S. J., & Rhue, J. W. (1994). Dissociation: Clinical and theoretical perspectives. New
York, NY: Guilford Press.
Maxmen, J. S., & Ward, N. G. (1995). Essential psychopathology and its treatment (2nd ed.).
New York, NY: W. W. Norton.
McCann, I. L., & Pearlman, L. A. (1990). Psychological trauma and the adult survivor. New
York, NY: Brunner/Mazel.
Millon, T., & Davis, R. (2000). Personality disorders in modern life. New York, NY: John
Wiley and Sons.
Millon, T., Blaney, P. H., & Davis, R. D. (Eds.). (1999). Oxford textbook of psychopathology.
New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Mitchell, J. E. (2001). Points of view: Stories of psychopathology. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor &
Francis.
Morrison, J. (1997). When psychological problems mask medical disorders; a guide for
psychotherapists. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Morrison, J., & Anders, T. F. (1999). Interviewing children and adolescents: Skills and
strategies for effective DSM-IV-TR diagnosis. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Nathanson, D. L. (1992). Shame and pride: Affect, sex, and the birth of the self. New York,
NY: W. W. Norton.
Nussbaum, A. M. (2013). The pocket guide to the DSM-5 diagnostic exam. Arlington, VA:
American Psychiatric Publishing.
Okun, B. F., Fried, J., & Okun, M. L. (1999). Understanding diversity: A learning-as-practice
primer. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.
Putnam, F. (1987). The diagnosis and treatment of multiple personality disorder. Washington,
DC: American Psychiatric Press.
Richards, P. S., & Bergin, A. E. (2000). Handbook of psychotherapy and religious diversity.
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Sadock, B. J., & Sadock, V. A. (2003). Kaplan & Sadock's synopsis of psychiatry (10th ed.).
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Sommers-Flanagan, R., & Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2002). Clinical Interviewing (3rd ed.). New
York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Spitzer, R. L., Gibbon, M., Skodol, A. E., Williams, J. B. W., & First, M. B. (Eds.).
(2002). DSM-IV-TR case book. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.
Tseng, W. S., & Sterelzer, J. (1997). Culture and psychopathology: A guide to clinical
assessment. New York, NY: Bruner Mazel.
Turner, S. M., & Hersen, M. (Eds.). (1997). Adult psychopathology and diagnosis. New York,
NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Van der Kolk, B., McFarlane, A. C., & Weisaeth, L. (1996). Traumatic stress: The effects of
overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society.New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Zinsser, W. K. (1998). On writing well. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
Zuckerman, M. (1999). Vulnerability to psychopathology: A biosocial model. Washington,
DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 9781557985668.
Optional Articles
Use Journal and Book Locator to see if the library has access to the full text of an article.
If the full text is not available, try using Interlibrary Loan to obtain a copy.
Library
Burgess, J. W. (1992). A standardized mental status examination discriminating four major
mental disorders. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 43(9), 937–939.
Essau, C. A., & Wittchen, H. U. (1993). An overview of the composite international
diagnostic interview (CIDI). International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research,
3(2), 79–85.
Fallon, T., & Schwab-Stone, M. (1994). Determinants of reliability in psychiatric surveys of
children aged 6–22. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines,
35(8), 1391–1408.
Gintner, G. G. (1995). Differential diagnosis in older adults: Dementia, depression, and
delirium. Journal of Counseling and Development, 73(3), 346–351.
Godobo, P. (1990). Notions about culture in understanding black psychopathology: Are we
trying to raise the dead? South African Journal of Psychology, 20(2), 93–98.
Kisely, S. R., & Goldberg, D. P. (1993). The effects of physical illness on psychiatric
disorder. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 7(1), 119–125.
Kraemer, H. C., Stice, E., Kazdin, A., Offord, D., & Kupfer, D. (2001). How do risk factors
work together? Mediators, moderators, and independent, overlapping and proxy risk
factors. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158(6), 848–856.
Kratochwill, T. R., & McGivern, J. E. (1996). Clinical diagnosis, behavioral assessment, and
functional analysis: Examining the connection between assessment and
intervention. School Psychology Review, 25(3), 342–255.
Lee, G., Loring, D. W., & Martin, R. C. (1992). Rey's 15-item visual memory test for the
detection of malingering: Normative observations on patients with neurological
disorders. Psychological Assessment, 4(1), 43–46.
Livesley, W. J., & Schroeder, M. L. (1990). Dimensions of personality disorder: The DSM-
III-R cluster A diagnoses. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 178(10), 627–635.
Livesley, W. J., & Schroeder, M. L. (1991). Dimensions of personality disorder: The DSM-
III-R cluster B diagnoses. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 179(6), 320–328.
Lyketsos, C. G., Aritzi, S., & Lyketsos, G. C. (1994). Effectiveness of office-based
psychiatric practice using a structured diagnostic interview to guide treatment. Journal of
Nervous and Mental Disease, 182(12), 720–723.
Mombour, W., & Bronisch, T. (1998). The modern assessment of personality disorders: Part
1: Definition and typology of personality disorders. Psychopathology, 31(5), 274–280.
Peters, L., Clark, D., & Carroll, F. (1998). Are computerized interviews equivalent to human
interviewers? CIDI-auto versus CIDI in anxiety and depressive disorders. Psychological
Medicine, 28(4), 893–901.
Rogers, R., Bagby, R. M., & Vincent, A. (1994). Factitious disorders with predominantly
psychological signs and symptoms: A conundrum for forensic experts. Journal of
Psychiatry and Law, 22(1), 91–106.
Rose, S. J., & Keigher, S. M. (1996). Managing mental health: Whose responsibility? Health
and Social Work, 21(1), 76–80.
Rudolph, B., Craig, R., Leifer, M., & Rubin, N. (1998). Evaluating competency in the
diagnostic interview among graduate psychology students: Development of generic
scales. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29(5), 488–491.
Sanchez, P. N., & Kahn, M. W. (1991). Differentiating medical from psychological disorders:
How do medically and nonmedically trained clinicians compare? Professional
Psychology: Research and Practice, 22(2), 124–126.
Smelson, D. A., Kordon, M. E., & Rudolph, B. (1997). Evaluating the diagnostic interview:
Obstacles and future directions. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(5), 497–505.
Tucker, G. (1998). Putting DSM-IV-TR in perspective. American Journal of Psychiatry,
155(2), 159–161.
Widiger, T. A. (1998). Sex biases in the diagnosis of personality disorders. Journal of
Personality Disorders , 12(2), 95–118.
Optional Internet Resources
Please note that URLs change frequently. While the URLs were current when this course
was designed, some may no longer be valid. If you cannot access a specific link, contact
your instructor for an alternative URL. Permissions for the following links have been
either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

American Psychological Association.


At Health Mental Health.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Public Information.
NIMH–For Researchers.
The Wounded Healer Journal.