Students explore the study of human psychopathology. Topics include the historical and
contemporary practice of psychological research, assessment, classification, diagnosis, and
treatment of psychological disorders, as well as a focus on mental wellness and resiliency.
Students examine a wide variety of psychological disorders from psychological, biological,
psychosocial, and intercultural perspectives and consider evidence-based approaches to
- Identify major theories and approaches to understanding psychopathology.
- Discuss approaches to research, assessment, classification, and diagnosis.
- Describe ethical issues in psychological research and practice relating to psychopathology
as outlined by the Canadian Psychological Association and the relevant legal sociolegal
context for people in Canada.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the different mental health treatment approaches.
- Articulate symptoms and features of major mental disorders and their proposed
- Explain the importance of culture and diversity from the perspective of Indigenous and
other cultural and societal groups in shaping people’s psychological wellbeing.
- Describe the importance of evidence-based practice in applied psychology.
- Outline how the biopsychosocial model affects diagnosis, assessment, and treatment in
- Describe the value of approaches to mental health that emphasize positive psychology,
prevention, and resiliency.
- Unit 1: Overview of the Field of Abnormal Psychology — History, Theory, Assessment, and
- Unit 2: Anxiety and Mood
- Unit 3: Disorders Related to Use of Substances and Eating Behaviour
- Unit 4: Somatic Disorders, Dissociation, Psychosis, and Personality
- Unit 5a: Stress and Sexuality
- Unit 5b: Mental Health and Human Development
- Unit 6: Intervention, Ethics, and Legal Issues
Required text and materials
Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the TRU bookstore website.
- Flett, G. L., Kocovski, N. L., Davison, G. C., & Neale, J. M. (2020). Abnormal
psychology (6th Canadian ed.) John Wiley & Sons Canada.
E-text with WileyPlus access code. ISBN: 9781119723486
Students also will need to source ONE the following on their own:
- Fadiman, A. (2012). The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her
American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Type: Text. ISBN-13: 9780374533403
- Katz, D. (2017). Indigenous healing psychology: Honoring the wisdom of the First
Peoples. Healing Arts Press.
Type: Text. ISBN-13: 9781620552674
The following e-textbook is recommended:
- Wood, A. M., & Johnson, J. (Eds.). (2016). The Wiley handbook of positive clinical
psychology. John Wiley & Sons.
Type: E-text. ISBN: 9781118468227
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Quizzes: Part A (Units 1–3)
|Assignment 1: Reflective Journal A
|Assignment 2: Reflective Journal B
|Quizzes: Part B (Units 4–6)
|Assignment 3: Case Study Report
|Mandatory Final Exam
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.