Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Application in Psychopathologies
Course Code COUN470
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY300 Abnormal Psychology
Course Aims
This course is an advanced elective course in semi-seminar format aiming to facilitate students to have a more in-depth understanding of how to utilize their knowledge of psychopathologies and then apply it in various clinical settings. Students will learn how to systematically conceptualize clinical cases, to identify key symptoms as well as different etiological aspects relating to various psychological disorders. The class will also allow them to have more opportunities to read and re-exam the various criteria of selective psychological disorders on the DSM-5-TR. Students will have numerous practices in class either with step-by-step guidance led by this lecturer, or independently work on cases then follow by discussion and feedbacks. All teaching and learning activities aim to gradually enhance students’ ability to integrate knowledge into clinical work.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Identify tentative diagnoses and differentiate mental disorders sharing similar clinical
    descriptions based on the foundation of DSM-5-TR with cultural consideration;
2. Recognize the commonly used psychotropic medication and distinguish their primary
    side effect relating to the symptoms of different psychological disorders;
3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different psychological remedial, preventive,
    or educative-developmental works according to the mental health system in Hong
4. Analyze a case by integrating various background information and psychotherapeutic
5. Plan a practical treatment plan by utilizing resources based on a multidisciplinary
Assessment Tasks
Final Report
Group Presentation
2 Quizzes
2 Class Exercises
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