Psychology Foundations: Personality Theory and Abnormal Psychology
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This program's focus on personality theory and psychopathology explores two foundational areas of study particular to clinical and counseling psychology and applied settings such as clinics, mental health centers and educational settings. We will examine the Three Forces of psychology: psychodynamic theory, behaviorism and humanistic psychology. Our examination includes nontraditional and multicultural perspectives. We will examine the relationship of personality theories to abnormal behavior and develop an understanding of the DSM classification system and other diagnostic methods. Students completing this program will gain an understanding of how the Self is defined through the three forces of psychology and how they inform our understanding of abnormal behavior. Students will explore the various assessment systems used through personality theories to diagnose abnormal behavior. In addition, students will explore nontraditional perspectives of abnormal behavior and the impact of the diagnostic process on marginalized identities. Students engaged in this program will develop the skills necessary to critique current trends in psychology through an examination of theoretical models and current research literature including themes of inclusion and exclusion of marginalized identities. Students will learn how to conduct a review of the research literature to explore past and present movements in personality theory and abnormal psychology. Students may be interested in pairing this program with the 8-credit program Psychology Foundations: History and Systems and Human Development.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Psychology, education, social services, graduate school
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
$25 for art supplies to complete one or two art projects to represent the concept of self
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Weekend
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:00 am
Sunday from 9:00-5:00
Located in: Olympia