Education G615

Section 8985

Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis

Fall Semester 2000-01

Mon. 7:00-9:30 PM EDUC 0034




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 with counselors at the Center for Human Growth.


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 at the Center for Human Growth.


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

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 Monday, August 28,  2000 at 7:00 PM in Room 1225 in the School of Education.  If for some reason you are unable to attend this initial class, please contact Michael Tracy.

Practicum Experience

Counselors will be assigned to clients early in the course.  Supervision sessions will be held regularly following assignment.  Available times for supervision will be posted prior to the first meeting.

Required texts for the course will be:

Exner, John E, Jr., The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System. Volume 1: Basic Foundations, 3rd Ed. (Wiley, 1993).

Exner, John E, Jr., Rorschach Form Quality Pocket Guide, (Rorschach Workshops, 1990).

Millon, Theodore and Davis, Roger, Disorders of Personality: DSM IV and Beyond. Wiley, New York 1995.

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 week, 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.