PYD813 Developmental Psychopathology (3 cr.)
Prerequisite(s): MA courses in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology
This course examines developmental theory and research to aid in distinguishing between normal and abnormal developmental pathways of children and adolescents. Factors impacting normal development and psychopathology are explored and include biological, cultural, family, educational, and social issues. Issues related to prevention, etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of these disorders are addressed within a developmental context.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Understand the process of human development from birth through adolescence.
- Assess children with emotional and behavioral problems in the context of normal development.
- Apply currently accepted diagnostic criteria to assess for and diagnose mental disorders in children and adolescents.
- Evaluate and utilize professional sources of information specifically related to the prevention, etiology, and prognosis of mental disorders in children and adolescents.
- Analyze clinical data to make differential diagnoses between typically co-occurring disorders in children and adolescents.
- Identify, evaluate, and utilize appropriate assessment strategies and treatment.
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