BHT 1001 : Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

Course Description

This course is a survey of behavioral pathology and treatment modalities for the Mental Health Technician and Field Mental Health Practitioner as an introductory or entry level professional. It explores the psychopathology of mental illness from the causes, assessment and diagnostic criteria, and treatment, providing learners with a conceptualization of the sociological, psychological, and biological understandings of mental illness.

Certificate Overview: This course is part of a four course Behavior Health Technician Certificate program. Upon successful completion, with a 70% or higher, in each of the four courses, students need to complete the Certificate Request Form. A certificate of completion will be issued to the participating individual.

Courses can be taken separately from earning the BHT certificate for CEU credit.

Course Cost: $325


Note: CE courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, Military Tuition Assistance or Learning Partner Discounts.

CEUs Earned Upon Course Completion: 4.0

Course Length: This course is a 10 week, self-paced, open enrollment course

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe what abnormal behavior is, and the elements that make behaviors abnormal in our society
  • Understand and identify the major abnormal disorders by their symptoms and presentations in various settings.
  • Know the commonalities and differences across multiple disorders and be able to differentiate the conditions from each other
  • Comprehend the known causes, risk factors, and theories of psychological disorders (biological, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic) to interpret the disorder’s research, data, and current trends.
  • Describe the theories behind various forms of therapy and treatment strategies used to treat psychological disorders.
  • Explain the relevance of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) in classifying and diagnosing mental disorders.
  • Develop greater empathy for people with mental illness or psychiatric disorders with a better understanding for their conditions in our society
  • Analyze the best practices for the application of treatment approaches for disorder while identifying the strength and weakness of the treatment approach to explain why some work better than others.
  • Differentiate between developmental and cultural causes of abnormal behavior.
  • Know the importance of professionalism, ethics, and moral standards.

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