This three credit advanced course builds upon the foundation level knowledge of the first two semesters in the Human Behavior and the Social Environment sequence.
The conceptual framework for this course is a social work perspective on the continuum from “normal” to “pathological” development and behavior across the life course. Concepts of mental health and illness are understood as influenced by a confluence of bio-psychosocial factors and environments. Throughout the term, we look at the impact of culture, class, ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation, ability, and gender upon the process of diagnosis and social work practice interventions. The development of neuroscience and its effect on our understanding of psychopathology and different types of mental disorders will be discussed. A special 5-part webinar on psychopharmacology will also be included.
Theories underpinning the construction and application of psychiatric diagnostic categories and treatment processes are studied and related to social work roles and functions. Some major changes in our conceptualization of mental health and illness are reflected in the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: The DSM-V. The theoretical justification for social work methods of assessment and intervention are presented within the context of professional values including the promotion of social and economic justice. The critical influence of organizational and community resources and of access to services are recognized throughout the course.
Session 1: Overview of Abnormal Development / History of Mental Disorders
Session 2: Neuroscience / Social Justice and Mental Health
Session 3: Assessment and Classification / Social and Cultural Considerations in Mental Health
Session 4: Disorders of Childhood
Session 5: Schizophrenia
Session 6: Mood Disorders
Session 7: Stress and Trauma
Session 8: Anxiety Disorders
Session 9: Dissociative and Somatic Disorders
Session 10: Eating and Elimination Disorders
Session 11: Sexuality and Gender Dysphoria
Session 12: Substance and Addictive Disorders
Session 13: Neurocognitive Disorders
Session 14: Personality Disorders
Session 15: Review