Education | Pyschopathology and Advanced Dianogsis
G615 | 5954 | Dr. Michael Tracy


The course has the following objectives:
1) Understand the relationship between psychopathology and treatment
in applying therapeutic modalities to
maintain and terminate counseling and psychotherapy with mentally and
emotionally impaired clients, including
brief solution, intermediate, and long-term approaches.
2) Understand the role of personality in psychopathology; specifically
the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of
mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior.
2) Familiarize students with specific models of personality and
psychopathology used to assess mental status;
identify abnormal, deviant, or psychopathological behavior, and the
interpret findings in current diagnostic
categories (e.g., Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV). A
specific focus is applied to the history and
politics of how they have developed.
3) Provide skill in administering scoring and interpreting the
following instruments.

Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory II

The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System

4) Provide knowledge and skills in using the following instruments in
identifying pathology and developing
Individual Treatment Plans for clients seeking counseling and/or
psychotherapy treatment.
MCMI-II         MCMI-II         MMPI2         MMPIA         Rorschach
5) Provide in depth knowledge of the development of Individual
Treatment Plans (ITP's) from a legal,  ethical,
and professional perspectives.


1) Evaluation of abilities in assessment, diagnosis of psychopathology
and the development of treatment plans
will be carried out through:

a) clinical observation of therapeutic interaction with clients.
b) review of clinical protocols and notes.
c) detailed presentation of cases in class.

2) Demonstration of skills in the integration of assessment and
treatment will be demonstrated by conducting
case reviews.


This course will focus on specific skills in assessment, diagnosis,
and the development of treatment plans.  The course will present
skills, strategies and tactics for intervention based on diagnosis,
assessment and evaluation of clients identified by students enrolled
in the class.


Class Meetings

The first meeting of the Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis class
will be held on Tuesday September 3,
2002 at 7:00 PM in Room 20 in the School of Education.  If for some
reason you are unable to attend this initial
class, please contact Michael Tracy.

Practicum Experience

A formal practicum is no longer associated with this class.   Students
must identify subject
and are responsible for obtaining permission to test.

Text Books

Required texts for the course will be:
Exner, John E, Jr., A Rorschach Workbook for the Comprehensive System.
, 5th Ed. (Rorschach Workshops, 2002).

Millon, Theodore and George Everly, Personality and Its Disorders: A
Biosocial Learning Approach, WIley April 1985

These books are available in the university bookstore and enough
copies were ordered for all students to purchase one.  They may be
available in local bookstores as well.

A portion of each class period following the client assessment session
will be devoted to supervision of the assessment work you are doing.
To facilitate this process, notes from your sessions should be
submitted to my web site no more than 24 hours after the assessment
has been completed.   The format for submitting notes will be
discussed during the initial class.   Michael Tracy will have
responsibility for supervising your assessment work.   Contact Michael
Tracy if you need assistance with your work during the semester.

Case Presentations

Each class member will prepare a presentation on the assessment and
case consultation work done with a client.  This is to allow all
members of the class to learn from the experience you have gained .
All presentations and presentation materials will be posted in the
Site-Scape Form   The initial password
for accessing the form will be announced at the first class.  Be sure
to change your password as soon as possible to protect confidential
client information.  The presentations should include detailed
information about instruments, scoring, interpretation, implications
for DSM IV and differential diagnosis, the development of therapeutic
goals and therapeutic strategies employed to achieve those goals.  A
discussion of the differential diagnostic process based on further
evaluation and data in the process of counseling can be an especially
informative part of your presentation.  A discussion in class will
follow postings.

Computer Competence
Each student will communicate using the Indiana University Computing
Services.   You will submit your case notes directly to my web site or
through the Site Scape Form

If you have not used your account number, you can get your number,
along with information on how to use it and basic instruction in
computer use at IU Memorial Union, Room 061.  You might be wise to
take one of the short courses offered by the Computing Services.