Education G615



Section 15609

Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis

Spring Semester 2006

Tues.  7:00-10:00 PM, EDUC 0020




The course assumes the student has met the following pre-requisites:  

1) Familiarity with the DSM categories and the ability to use the DSM manual to assign an initial diagnosis.

2) A graduate level understanding of the principles of measurement, test construction and evaluation.

3) Experience in the provision of counseling and psychotherapy.




The course has the following objectives:  

1) Understand the relationship between psychopathology and treatment planning 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 two 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. 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         MMPI-2         MMPI-A         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 case studies.

b) review of clinical protocols and notes.

c) 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.


The instructor for the Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis course will be Dr. Michael Tracy. Office hours for instructor are posted at 

Home Page.

Michael Tracy
Voice: 812/856-8345
Office: 812/856-8302


Class Meetings

The first meeting of the Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis class will be held on Tuesday January 10 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. , 1st  Ed. (Rorschach Workshops, 2002).

Millon, Theodore and George Everly, Beyond DSM IV: A Biosocial Learning Approach, WIley April 1985

Before purchasing these books attend the first class. Options will be available from the instructor.  They may be available in local bookstores as well. Check the internet websites prices may be better.

Supervision/Case Consultation

A portion of each class period  will be devoted to supervision of the assessment work you are doing.  Students will works in teams of three in class and between classes to complete these assignments. 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 Oncourse.  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 Oncourse.

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.







Mike Tracy's Home Page

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