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					                       MT SAINT MARY COLLEGE
                     NEWBURGH, NEW YORK 12550

PSY 425                                            DR. PAUL SCHWARTZ
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY                                          FALL 2008

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. 6th ed., 2007 Comer R. Worth, New York.
Recommended references and required readings will be distributed
separately in class. (At least one (1) class session prior to their

The student will be introduced to the science of abnormal psychology.
Disorders of mood, anxiety, mind and body, psychosis, life-span problems
will be examined as will the theories describing these disorders in
addition to current treatment modalities.

Given the mastery of the course lectures, discussions, both group and
individual assignments, field visits, reading and case analysis and
discussions the student will be able to:

 1. Define and discuss the field of abnormal psychology as an
    interdisciplinary, scientific and
    applied field.
 2. Understand that abnormal development is a “concept” determined by
    personal, interpersonal,
    and environmental variables.
 3. Be familiar with the DSM IV-R manual as a classification system in the
    field of clinical psychology.
 4. Be able to differentiate the characteristics and symptoms of each
    DSM IV category.
 5. Be aware of both objective and subjective assessment instruments
    used to determine clinical diagnosis
 6. Understand the multifaceted modes of treatment available dependent
    upon DSM IV-TR diagnosis
 7. Understand contributions from biological, psychodynamic,
behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and ecological models regarding the
development assessment and treatment of DSM IV-TR diagnostic

 8. Understand the role played by medical, psychological , educational
 and community personnel in the treatment of DSM IV-R diagnostic

A responsible pattern of attendance is required of all students. All
information or assignments missed due to absence is the student=s
responsibility to acquire or make-up. Absence is no excuse for a missed
assignment or a lack of knowledge of a quiz.

Attendance is mandatory at all quizzes. There will be no “make-up”
quizzes, with the exception of documented medical, psychological, or
family emergencies.



There will be three (3) equally weighted objective-type quizzes. Each quiz
will reflect text assignments, case discussions, class lectures, and
outside reading assignments.

Chapters covered in quizzes:

   Quiz 1     Chapters 1-5
   Quiz 2     Chapters 6-11
   Quiz 3     Chapters 12-17
There will be two brief reaction papers assigned during the semester.
They will reflect how well the student understands the often controversial
nature of the issues presented in class regarding people with various
diagnoses of mental illness and the treatment for these disorders.
These brief assignments will be analytic, introspective and help students
put a human, familiar face on the disorders covered. Parameters will be
discussed further in class and the specific requirements of the papers will
be distributed separately 3 weeks before the assignment is due.

Students will form into small groups (3) and select a question or questions
to answer or a hypothesis to research and then present the results of their
question(s)/hypothesis/ research to the class. The specific requirements
and structure of this assignment will be discussed further during the first
class sessions.


There will be one, possibly two, field visits to the Mid Hudson Psychiatric
Center in Middletown and one to Hudson River Psychiatric Center in
Poughkeepsie. All students are expected to attend. Date will be
announced in class.


a. Active participation in class and group discussion expected and
   reflected in your final grade.

b. All written work handed in for evaluation must be:
   1. Typed - double spaced
   2. Follow the APA style (Format in Library)

c. The student should exercise care regarding his/her correct use of the
   English language. Papers returned with a grade of substandard
   English@ will have to be resubmitted within the week, with a B as the
   highest attainable letter grade.

d. Class participation: Participation means that you should be prepared
   for each class session, complete the readings and be prepared to
   respond to the questions included at the end of each reading, have
   regular attendance, come to class on time, speak up appropriately in
   class discussions and be ready to respond to questions, comments
   and opinions. Class participation means that you demonstrate an
   ACTIVE rather than a PASSIVE learning style. Keep in mind class
   participation is a percentage of your final grade!

The college uses the following grading system (quality points are
indicated under the grade or to the right.)

 A        A-       B+      B       B-       C+     C      C-     D+      D
4.00     3.67     3.33    3.00    2.67     2.33   2.00   1.67   1.33   1.00


Quiz #1                   15%
Quiz #2                   15%
Quiz #3                   15%
Class Assignments         45%
Class Participation       10%

At the end of each class students are assigned a chapter(s), or a journal
article to read and be prepared to discuss at the next class session. We
will cover approximately one chapter per week; students consistently
prepared for class and consistently involved in class discussion can
expect an enhancement in their grade average. The converse can also be
expected. Reread d. under course requirements. IF YOU MISS CLASS

With regard to the enhancement of your mental health, it is assumed that
every student is an adult and therefore is in control of his/her destiny.
Should any problem arise, please do not hesitate to contact me for an
appointment. Please do not carry a burden that a simple conference may


Monday            2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday           4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..
Wednesday         2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday          4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday                  By appointment

If you need to contact me at any time, Monday thru Friday between 9:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. call the divisional secretary (Kundi Clark) at (845) 569-
3157 in Whittaker Hall. My room number is 107 in Whittaker Hall;
telephone number is (845) 569-3161, e-mail
                 PSY 425 – ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

August 26        Intro to Chapter 1, course objectives and requirements
August 28        Chapter 1 – Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
September 2      Chapter 1 – Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
September 4      Chapter 2- Research
September 9      Chapter 3 - Models
September 11     Chapter 3 – Models
September 16     Chapter4–ClinicaAssessment,Diagnosis and Treatment
September 18     Chapter4-ClinicalAssessment,Diagnosis and Treatment
September 23     Chapter 5 – Anxiety Disorders
September 25     Chapter 5 – Anxiety Disorders

September 30     Quiz 1 – Chapter 1 – 5

October 2        Chapter 6 – Stress Disorders
October 7        Chapter 6 – Stress Disorders
October 9        Chapter 7 – Somatoform and Dissociation Disorders
October 14       Chapter 7 – Somatoform and Dissociation Disorders


October 16       Chapter 8 – Mood Disorders
October 21       Chapter 8 – Mood Disorders
October 23       Chapter 9 – Treatment for Mood Disorders
October 28       Chapter 10 - Suicide
October 30       Chapter 11 – Eating Disorders

November 4       Quiz 2 – Chapters 6 – 11

November 6       Chapter 12 – Substance Related Disorders
November 11      Chapter 13 – Sex and Genetic Disorders
November 13      Chapter 14 – Schizophrenia
November 18      Chapter 14 – Schizophrenia
November 20      Chapter 15 – Treatment for Schizophrenia
November 25      Chapter 16 – Personality Disorders
December 2       Chapter 17 – Disorder of Childhood and Adolescence

December 4       Quiz 3 – Chapters 12 - 17

***Please note: this outline should be viewed as TENTATIVE. Depending
on how discussions go with various topics we may be a class ahead or
behind. It is imperative that if you miss a class you check with your
“buddy” to get the material and assignment for the next class