The Abnormal Psychology course examines definitions of mental illness and the manifestations of psychopathology for the individual including interpersonal relationships, family, and society. The more common mental illnesses across cultures that are contained within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) are presented and discussed within the framework of diagnosis, potential etiologies, and treatment strategies. The course will be taught from an academic and clinical perspective. Your professor has worked as both an academic and practicing clinical psychologist for over four decades and can blend the didactic academic information with a wealth of clinical experience. Case histories depicting individual first-hand descriptions (written, oral, and video) will be presented to help further understand the individuals’ struggles with their own cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues. Abnormal behavior as defined and experienced within each country will be included in lectures prior to all port visits on our voyage.
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