PCO 690: DIAGNOSIS OF MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
Fall 2010 ▪ 3 Credit Hours ▪ Online
Instructor: Jodie Edwards, Ph.D., PC
Office Phone: 513-244-8430
Cell Phone: 513-240-7722
Office: Counseling Center
An examination and practical use of the current edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for
Mental Disorders and an understanding of the International Classification of Diseases. This course
focuses on conducting mental status examinations, and on the development and recognition of a
framework for identifying symptomology, etiology, and psychodynamics of mental and emotional
The objectives of this course are designed to meet CACREP requirements of Sec. II, G, 3 relating to part
(f) of the core component of Human Development, including understanding aspects of developmental
crises, disability, exceptional behavior, addictive behavior, psychopathology, and situation and
environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. In addition, this course is
designed to meet CACREP requirements for clinical mental health counseling programs:
G.2. Understands various models and approaches to clinical evaluation and their appropriate
uses, including diagnostic interviews and mental status examinations.
K.1. Knows the principles of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, and the use
of current diagnostic tools, such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders (DSM).
K.2. Understands the established diagnostic criteria for mental and emotional disorders.
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
In general, the class will follow a lecture format. Active participation with assignments and case studies
is required to help develop a richer understanding of diagnostic issues. Learning will be facilitated via
readings, online lectures, case studies, assignments, and examinations. Students are expected to discuss
their application, insights, and understanding of the reading and the exercises with the instructor and
other students. Class sessions will be taught online via Moodle.
Moodle and Email:
All students enrolled in this course are required to check Moodle and their CCU email weekly for the
duration of the course. Course announcements, changes to the syllabus, and memos from the instructor
will be distributed via Moodle and/or email. Students are responsible for all information distributed in
American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed,
text revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
PCO 690 (Edwards), p. 2
Morrison, J. (2007). Diagnosis made easier: Principles and techniques for mental health clinicians. New
York: Guilford Press.
Zimmerman, M. (1994). Interview guide for evaluating DSM-IV psychiatric disorders and the mental
status examination. East Greenwich, RI: Psych Products Press.
Assignment Points Points Percentage
Assignments (10 x 10 points) 100 A 475-500 95-100%
Case Studies (10 x 10 points) 100 A- 460-474 92-94.99%
Exam 1 100 B+ 445-459 89-91.99%
Exam 2 100 B 430-444 86-88.99%
Exam 3 100 B- 415-429 83-85.99%
C+ 400-414 80-82.99%
Total 500 C 385-399 77-79.99%
C- 370-384 74-76.99%
D+ 355-369 71-73.99%
D 340-354 68-70.99%
D- 325-339 65-67.99%
F ≤ 324 < 64.99%
*MAC students: In accordance with rule 4757-3-01, J-1, from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, &
Marriage and Family Therapist Board, you must receive a B- or higher in this course for it to count
toward your MAC degree.
Assignments: You will receive 100 points (20% of your final grade) for completing 10 assignments. Late
assignments will NOT be accepted for any reason. Details about individual assignments will be posted on
Case Studies: You will receive 100 pointes (20% of your final grade) for diagnosing and discussing 10 case
studies. Late case studies will NOT be accepted for any reason. Details about individual case studies will
be posted on Moodle.
Exams: Material for each of the three exams may be cumulative and taken from readings, online
discussions, and lectures. Exam items may be case studies, multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank,
and essay. Exams are worth 100 points each for a total of 300 points (60% of your final grade). Exams
are time-limited and open book/notes. Exams are individual – not group – projects. Exam 1 covers
Lectures 1-4, Exam 2 covers Lectures 5-9, and Exam 3 covers Lectures 10-12.
Late Assignments: Out of respect for the hard work that everyone puts into the course, late assignments
will NOT be accepted unless there is a serious personal medical or family emergency (e.g.,
hospitalization, death in the family) that can be substantiated with documentation. In the rare event
that a late assignment is accepted, there will be a deduction of 5% of the points each day it is late. I
understand that unexpected life events occur, but I hold this policy to encourage the development of
positive professional behavior. Therefore, please do not wait until the last minute to do your
PCO 690 (Edwards), p. 3
assignments because regular life stressors will not be accepted as reasons to turn work in late. I invite
you to talk with me about any challenges you face in completing your assignments.
Christian Component: As we strive to provide a biblically-based approach to counseling, we expect you
to evaluate all readings and discussions from a Christian perspective and work to integrate biblical truth
into your life, thought, and work.
Student Conduct: Keep in mind that it may not be appropriate to disclose your own psychological
struggles to the class. If you become distressed about any material/discussions, please talk with me
and/or make an appointment to see a counselor.
Accommodations: Students with special needs should speak with me or provide documentation to the
office of Student Retention specifying accommodations required to help assure success.
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, and all other forms of academic dishonesty will NOT be
tolerated. All incidents of academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance to university regulations
(see CCU student handbook), which will include failure of class and additional action by the academic
Flexibility Clause: This syllabus is NOT a binding contract. The dates of lectures, exams, projects, etc. may
be revised as the term progresses. All modifications to the syllabus will be announced in via Moodle.
PCO 690 (Edwards), p. 4
Due Date Topics Reading Assignment
8.29 Lecture 1: Diagnosis basics DME: 3-84 Assignment1: Diagnosis
DSM: xxiii-37; 743
9.5 Lecture 2: Diagnostic DME: 87-123 Assignment2: Mental
interviewing IG: 3-6, 120-141 Status Exam
9.12 Lecture 3: Disorders Usually First DSM: 39-134 Case Study1
Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, IG: 70-85
9.19 Lecture 4: Cognitive Disorders & DME: 213-234; 235-247 Assignment3: Substance-
Substance-Related Disorders DSM: 135-190; 746-747; Related Disorders
9.26 Exam 1
10.3 Lecture 5: Schizophrenia and DME: 182-212 Assignment4:
Other Psychotic Disorders DSM: 297-343; 750-751 Schizophrenia
IG: 22-29 Case Study2
10.10 Lecture 6: Mood Disorders DME: 127-163 Assignment5: Coding
DSM: 345-428; 752-753 Mood Disorders
IG: 30-39 Case Studies3-4
10.17 Lecture 7: Anxiety Disorders DME: 164-181 Assignment6: Anxiety
DSM: 429-484; 754-755 Disorders
IG: 40-60 Case Studies5-6
10.24 Lecture 8: Somatoform DSM: 485-517; 756-757 Case Study7
Disorders & Factitious Disorders IG: 61-66
10.31 Lecture 9: Dissociative Disorders DSM: 519-582 Assignment7: DID
& Sexual and Gender Identity
11.7 Exam 2
11.14 Lecture 10: Eating Disorders & DSM: 583-595; 785-787; Assignment8: Eating D/Os
Sleep Disorders 597-661 Case Study8
11.21 Lecture 11: Impulse-Control DSM: 663-677; 679-683; Assignment9: Trich
Disorders, Adjustment 731-742
Disorders, & Other Conditions IG: 67-68
12.5 Lecture 12: Personality DME: 248-266 Assignment10: PDs
Disorders DSM: 685-729; 788-791 Case Studies9-10
12.12 Exam 3