SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Course No. CP-643
New: Fall 1999
Title of Course: Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
THE COUNSELOR AS COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL
I. Catalog Description and Credit Hours of Course:
Introduction to Psychodiagnostics using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders. Emphasis will be placed on developing a working knowledge of the
organizational structure and the professional terminology used in the manual and
subsequent treatment plan development including an introduction to
Permission of the Instructor
III. Purposes or Objectives of the Course:
A. The student will acquire knowledge of the organizational structure of the DSM IV
B. The student will acquire knowledge about the use of the diagnostic categories.
C. The student will acquire knowledge of the technical terms contained in the DSM
D. The student will acquire knowledge of the process of developing effective
E. The student will acquire knowledge of the names, use and functions of commonly
used psychotropic medications.
IV. Expectations of Students:
A. Continuous active participation in class.
B. Completion of assignments.
C. Satisfactory performance on examinations.
V. Course Content or Outline: Class Hours
A. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 3
1. Multi axial Classification 3
a. Axis I Clinical Syndromes Disorders
b. Axis II Personality Disorders
c. Axis III General Medical Conditions
d. Axis IV Psychosocial and Environmental Problems
e. Axis V Global Assessment of Functioning
2. Diagnostic Categories 3
a. 16 Categories
b. Other condition that may be a focus of clinical attention
c. Additional codes
3. Features of each category 6
4. Other Features of the DSM IV 3
a. Multi axial Assessment
b. Decision Trees
c. Compatibility with the International Classification
of Diseases (ICD-9)
5. Case Presentations 3
a. Interpretation of diagnosis from DSM IV
B. Treatment Planning 1
1. The Clinical Assessment Interview 2
2. Diagnostic Impression 1
3. Considering the Changes Stages of Clients 3
a. Level of Treatment
b. Treatment Modalities
Course Content or Outline Cont: Class Hours
4. Selecting and Defining Goals 3
a. Client’s desires, wants and needs
b. Writing Measurable Sub-goals
5. What Causes Treatment Plans to Fail 2
C. Psychotropic Medications 3
1. Antipsychotic 3
2. Antidepressants 3
3. Antianxiety and Hypnotic Agents 3
American Psychiatric Association. (2001). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders. 4th ed. Text Revision. Washington, DC.
Saklad, S.R. (2000). The Psychopharmacology Desktop Reference. Manisses.
Jongsma, Jr, A.E., & Peterson, L.M. The Complete Psychotherapy Treatment
Planner. Willey. (Edition of student’s choice)
VII. Basis for Student Evaluation:
Continuous active and appropriate class participation (PLEASE NOTE: you can
not participate if you are not here. Non-participation due to absences will result in
loss in part or all of participation points.)
Assignments and papers
VIII. Methods of instruction
A combination of:
Classroom lectures and discussions
Classroom experiential exercises
Web-assisted instructions and tests/exams
IX. Reasonable Accommodation
If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require
"reasonable accommodation" on the part of the instructor, please contact the Learning
Enrichment Center, University Center, Room 302, 651-2273 or TDD 651-5927. As a part
of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a
disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.
X. Adherence to the Honor Code:
Students will be expected to abide by the University Honor Code in regards to plagiarism
and academic honesty.
XII. Classroom Etiquette:
It is to be expected that the instructor will treat all students with dignity and respect -- it is
also expected that the students will treat both the instructor and other students with this
same respect. In order to more effectively facilitate this respect, I would ask the
following things: 1) all pager and cell phones need to be turned off before class; 2) side
conversations should be kept to a minimum; and, 3) interactions should be respectful.
XIII. Knowledge Base References:
Hinkle, J.S. (1994). Psychodiagnosis for counselors: The DSM IV (ERIC
Document Reproduction Service No. Ed366890).
McBurnett, K. (1993). Diagnosis of attention deficit disorders in DSM IV:
Scientific basis and implications for education. Exceptional Children, 60, 108-117.
McCarthy, L.P., & Gerring, J.P.(1994). Revising psychiatry's charter document:
"DSM IV". Written Communication, 2, 147-192.
Nathan, P.E. (1994) DSM IV: Empirical, accessible, not yet ideal. Journal of
Clinical Psychology, 50, 103-110.
Tornatore, F.L.,& Sramek, J.J. (1997). Psychotropic Medication: A Desktop
Reference for Mental Health Practitioners. 2nd ed. Manisses.
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