MHS 6205: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Course Description for Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the criteria for categorizing mental disorders using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems(ICD). Theories of abnormal and maladaptive behaviors will also be covered, prioritizing the biopsychosocial model. Students will be presented with assessment and evaluation concepts, terminology, and methodology, including the psychometric statistics underlying commonly used tests and assessments. The course will emphasize how testing and assessment informs the diagnostic and treatment planning processes as well as the implications of diagnosis and testing for diverse cultural communities.