This course presents the cognitive, affective, biological, and systemic bases of psychopathology and abnormal behavior in adults and older adults as specifically defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders th5 Edition – Text Revision (DSM-5-TR). Students develop skills for psychiatric diagnostic interviewing, appropriate use of psychodiagnostic tests and assessments, conducting mental status exams, developing theoretically congruent treatment plans, and providing evidenced bases psychotherapy for adults and older adults. The course will also examine the common medical etiologies of psychopathology, normal versus abnormal aging as it relates to emotional/behavioral and personality functioning, neurocognitive decline, and the unique ethical and clinical considerations for diagnosing and treating mental illness in adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. Practical fundamentals of clinical psychopharmacology for professional counselors, and the role of professional counselors as clinical collaborators with prescribers of psychotropic medication will also be presented. This course in adult and geriatric psychopathology will satisfy the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors board rule §681.83 © (3). It is both ethically and clinically essential that students at Amberton University, who are pursuing a master’s degree in professional counseling, and who wish to obtain licensure as an LPC in the state of Texas, possess knowledge and skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adult and geriatric clients suffering from mental illnesses.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN: