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Psychopathology: Investigating the Biology and Psychology of Mental Illness

Course Description

Every day we learn more about how biology, genetics, and our environment contribute to how we think, our mood, and our predisposition to certain diseases. Psychology and neurobiology are vibrant fields that investigate brain function and dysfunction. This course brings together both of these disciples to provide a biological foundation of neuroscience and explore clinical perspectives of common mental health disorders. You will gain an appreciation of how psychology and biology are intimately intertwined together to shape human outlook on the world, behavior, and how they both contribute to mental health.

In the first week, we explore the cellular, chemical, hormonal, anatomical, and physiological components of the brain that regulates cognition, emotions, and behaviors. In the second week, our course examines counseling interventions designed to conceptualize and treat these disorders. Specific case studies drawn from real-life clients will be used. You will be provided with lectures from your instructors as well as multi-media resources. We will also address current and historic ways health professions treat specific mental illnesses.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Discuss the biological foundations of psychological disorders
• Name and explain the symptoms associated with multiple mental health illnesses
• Analyze real-world case studies and discuss treatment options that would likely be utilized
• Know more about schooling and career options in psychotherapy and/or neurobiology
• Be able to accurately, respectfully, and more articulately discuss mental health disorders and their treatments

This multidimensional perspective on psychopathology is perfect for those students interested in both biology and psychology! This course will provide meaningful conversations and foundational background on biological and psychological contributors to brain function and human behavior.

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses are required. An interest in biology and psychology is highly recommended.

Sections

Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.


Dates: June 20, 2022 - July 01, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Mostly Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Aisling Dugan
Joseph Vaughan
Course Number: 10267

Dates: July 25, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Mostly Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Aisling Dugan
Joseph Vaughan
Course Number: 10268