Assessment and Differential Diagnosis with Adults

SSW HB 723

Graduate Prerequisites: SSW HB 720 or permission of department chair. - The goal of this course is to provide students with a framework for understanding human behavior when challenges to healthy adult functioning overwhelm coping mechanisms and resources. A biopsychosocial model of psychopathology is emphasized as we study some of the disorders classified in the DSM-5, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse/addictions. Complex factors in the etiology of various disorders are considered, including genetic, neurochemical, biological, developmental, familial, sociocultural, and political variables that affect the occurrence, presentation, course, and treatment of a problem. While learning the perspective and language of the phenomenological approach outlined in the DSM-5, we also highlight weaknesses and blind spots in the traditional approach to diagnoses. In particular, we explore the impact of oppression and bias on the naming and treatment of mental disorders, including the influences of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, and ethnicity on the diagnostic process. Students learn to consider the DSM-5 classification system as a social construction that reveals as much about the society and its views of human behavior as it does about the clients with whom social workers have contact.

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Gomez EPC 203 R 9:00 am-10:45 am CHARLES RIVER CAMPUS. Pre-Req: HB720

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A2 Quinterno WED 208 T 6:30 pm-8:15 pm CHARLES RIVER CAMPUS. Pre-Req: HB720

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O1 Quinterno U 7:30 pm-8:30 pm ONLINE COURSE. Live Classroom is EST. Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students seeking permission to join this section can email sswolp@bu.edu.

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O2 Quinterno U 8:30 pm-9:30 pm ONLINE COURSE. Live Classroom is EST. Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students seeking permission to join this section can email sswolp@bu.edu.

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O3 Quinterno M 8:00 pm-9:00 pm ONLINE COURSE. Live Classroom is EST. Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students seeking permission to join this section can email sswolp@bu.edu.

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
O4 Quinterno M 8:30 pm-9:30 pm ONLINE COURSE. Live Classroom is EST. Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students seeking permission to join this section can email sswolp@bu.edu.

FALL 2024 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
Y2 Aronoff ARR 12:00 am-12:00 am Cape Cod Campus Section

Note: this course was also offered during Summer Term

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