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Abnormal Psychology. Professor (your name here). Goals for the course. symptoms of mental disorders continuity between normal and abnormal behavior classification epidemiology. Goals for the course . etiology (causal models) research methods treatment procedures

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Abnormal Psychology

Professor (your name here)


Goals for the course

  • symptoms of mental disorders

  • continuity between normal and abnormal behavior

  • classification

  • epidemiology


Goals for the course

  • etiology (causal models)

  • research methods

  • treatment procedures

  • legal and ethical issues


Contents of class home page

  • General Information (office hours)

  • Syllabus (test schedule)

  • Assignments (optional paper)

  • Materials (my PowerPoint notes)

  • Related Links (online study guide)


Structure of the course

  • multiple choice exams

  • optional writing assignment

  • expected grade distribution

  • attendance

  • questions during lecture


Textbook for the Course

  • Oltmanns & Emery, 3rd Edition (2001)

  • study guide is optional


Online Study Guide

  • www.prenhall.com/~bookbind/pubbooks/oltmanns2/


Textbook (comments)

  • the textbook is central to the course

  • “inserts” are important (such as Research Methods and Further Thoughts)


How to read the textbook

  • start by reading the summary

  • then look at the photos, tables, figures

  • how we teach research methods

  • key terms and glossary

  • critical thinking questions (optional)


Office hours and e-mail

  • (your office hours here)

  • or by appointment

  • (your email here)


Teaching Assistant

  • (your teaching assistant’s name/email)

  • (optional discussion and review sessions time and date)


Medical student syndrome

  • you do not have most of the disorders covered in this course

  • amateur psychologists can be very irritating to others

  • please exercise restraint


Scientific attitude

  • some people already have strong opinions based on personal experience

  • need to maintain some objectivity

  • may need to suspend personal beliefs temporarily


Use of case studies

  • anonymity and confidentiality

  • to illustrate problems (not differences)

  • how to respond to humorous situations


Mental health professions (specialty providers)

  • psychiatry (M.D.) medication

  • clinical psychology (Ph.D.) research

  • social work (M.A.) applied interests

  • psychiatric nursing


Source of Mental Health Services Received (ECA Data)


Number of Mental Health Providers by Specialty Training


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