General psychopathology

lpsp1202  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

General psychopathology
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
60.0 h
de Timary Philippe; Douilliez Céline (coordinator); Heeren Alexandre;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Historical perspective on abnormal psychology and psychopathology and psychiatry: critical overview of the Kraepelinian and post-Kraperelinian approaches (difference between “normality” and “abnormality, biological approach, evolution of categorical diagnostic systems, postulates of the post-Kraepelin approach). Evolution of the bio-psycho-social approach on mental disorders.
Nosography of psychopathological states: Description of nosographic systems (e.g., DSM) and their use (e.g., diagnosis, differential diagnosis, comorbidity). Critical perspective on traditional nosographic systems (dimensional approach, transdiagnostic approach, intra-diagnostic heterogeneity, sub-threshold or partial syndromes).
Psychopathological states across the lifespan: overview of the main psychopathological states, their evidence-based etiological models and treatments (e.g. symptomatology and semiology, psychological processes (including (neuro) cognitive ones), risk and maintenance factors, therapeutic diversity). The overview of psychopathological states and their treatment are based on recent scientific data.
Teaching methods
The course mainly takes the form of lectures.  Clinical illustrations are also provided.
Evaluation methods
Written exam (multiple choice questions).
Online resources
Handouts and reading materials will be made available via Moodle.
Des ouvrages de référence sont disponibles en bibliothèque PSP/Reference books (available at the library- BPSP) :
Barlow, D. (2016). Psychopathologie : une approche intégrative (3ème édition). Louvain-la-Neuve : De Boeck supérieur.
Hooley, J.M., Butcher, J. N., Nock, M.K., & Mineka, S. (2017). Abnormal psychology (17th ed). Boston : Pearson.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Psychology and Education: General

Master [120] in Public Health