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Course SummaryThis Abnormal Psychology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach abnormal psychology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this abnormal psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of abnormal psychology, from an overview of the field of abnormal psychology to ethical and legal issues. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific abnormal psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the psychodynamic model or how family structure affects behavior. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on schizophrenia includes key terms like psychotic, hallucination, disorganized type, undifferentiated type and anhedonia.
As you work on your abnormal psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the biological causes of mental illness if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like agoraphobia and humanistic approaches to therapy.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from common psychodynamic treatments to reasons why clinical research is vital, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on physiological causes of mental illness or treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about the evolution of mental health professions, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on eating disorders, you can point your students to the transcripts on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity, binge eating and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from causes of substance abuse disorders to key facts, like which population most commonly exhibits symptoms of Ganser syndrome.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on stress disorders? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Are personality traits learned behaviors or genetic?
Below is a sketch of the abnormal psychology syllabus modeled on a 26-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Abnormal Psychology||Overview of this field of psychology, criteria for diagnosing abnormal behavior, reforms in this field over time|
|Week 2||Introduction to Research Methods||Standards of high-quality research, the scientific method, psychological research tools, types of research methodologies|
|Week 3||Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology||Case studies, experiments, control groups, limits in clinical research|
|Week 4||The Biological Model of Abnormality||Physiological causes of mental illness, parts of the brain, neurotransmitters, the role of genetics and biology in behavior|
|Week 5||The Psychodynamic Model of Abnormal Behavior||How instincts influence behavior, Freud's theory of psychosexual development, self-esteem, common psychodynamic treatments|
|Week 6||The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior||How behaviorists view abnormal behavior, classical and operant conditioning, desensitization|
|Week 7||The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior||Definition of cognition, language acquisition, improving memory, common cognitive treatments|
|Week 8||The Humanistic-Existential Model of Abnormal Behavior||Abraham Maslow's work, Gestalt Theory, religion in the treatment of mental health issues, differences in humanistic and existential theories|
|Week 9||The Sociocultural Model of Abnormal Behavior||Social roles and their influence on abnormal functioning, the role of family structure in abnormal behavior, therapy and community treatment options|
|Week 10||The Diathesis-Stress Model||Overview of the diathesis-stress model, diathesis, stress and protective factors, vulnerability to mental illness,|
|Week 11||Clinical Assessment||Purpose of clinical assessment, interviews, observational field research, intelligence testing|
|Week 12||Introduction to Anxiety Disorders||Definition of anxiety disorders and a look at possible causes, types of disorders, including panic disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder|
|Week 13||Mood Disorders of Abnormal Psychology||Definition of mood disorders, types and treatments, including depressive disorders and bipolar disorder|
|Week 14||Stress Disorders||Emotions, types of stress disorders, fight or flight, positive psychology|
|Week 15||Somatoform Disorders in Abnormal Psychology||Definition of somatoform disorders, hypochondriasis and its treatment, body dysmorphic disorder and its treatment|
|Week 16||Dissociative Disorders in Psychology||Overview of dissociative disorders and treatments, including dissociative amnesia and multiple personality disorder|
|Week 17||Eating Disorders in Abnormal Psychology||Symptoms and treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia, obesity and binge eating|
|Week 18||Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders||Overview of sexual dysfunction, current and past views, sex therapy, gender identity disorder, pain disorders, sadism and masochism|
|Week 19||Substance Use Disorders||Substance dependence, causes of substance abuse, various types of substance abuse, including alcohol and stimulants|
|Week 20||Psychotic Disorders||Types of disorders, schizophrenia, delusional mental health disorders|
|Week 21||Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology||Definition and an overview of various types, including alcohol-induced disorders and age-related disorders such as dementia|
|Week 22||Life-Span Development Disorders||Mental health development throughout life, autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities|
|Week 23||Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology||Definition of personality, characteristics of personality disorders, types of disorders and challenges in diagnosing them|
|Week 24||Factitious Disorders||Types of factitious disorders, causes and options for treatment|
|Week 25||Treatment in Abnormal Psychology||Individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric drugs, challenges in mental health treatment today|
|Week 26||Legal and Ethical Issues in Abnormal Psychology||Psychological evaluations, the right to treatment, informed consent, attempts to improve treatment options|
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