Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Course Details

Course Number: COUN 5263  Spring 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 177

Days & Times:

Class Meets:  DB 177, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Judith Elaine Beechler LPCS, NCC   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the seven broad categories of mental disorders
  • The ability to recognize characteristics of individuals with each type of disorder
  • Develop an understanding of a systematic approach to treatment planning for each category
  • Investigate research on the treatment and prognosis of each major mental disorder category
  • Develop a working knowledge of the diagnosis procedures contained in the DSM IV.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to name and define the seven broad categories of mental disorders.
  • Students will be able to match key symptoms with individual diagnosis on midterm and final exams.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of current research on specific mental disorders

Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the DSM IV to include the multi-axis diagnosis and Global Assessment of Functioning on midterm and final examinations

Course Expectations


Sections of the Books

With Emphasis on:

Assignments and Exams



Chapters 1-3 in DSM in Action and pgs.  1-37 in DSM



Disorders…Infancy, etc.

Delirium, etc.

Mental Disorders Due to…

Mental Retardation, Learning Disorder, Autistic Disorder, ADD, etc., Tourette’s, Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism, Attachment Disorders, Dementia, Catatonic Disorder

Find at least one article on each of the disorders to be discussed in class.


Substance Related Disorders


We will try to complete an overview of Substance Disorders along with the section on Schizophrenia


Find at least one article on each of the disorders to be discussed in class.


Mood, Anxiety, Somatoform

We will try to complete an overview of these sections

Midterm Exam


Sexual, Eating Sleeping

We will try to complete an overview of Sexual Disorders, spend some time on Eating Disorders, and an overview of Sleeping Disorders.

Term paper Due, Week 12

Find at least one article on each of the disorders to be discussed in class.


Impulse, Personality, Other Conditions

We will spend some time on Impulse and Adjustment Disorders, an overview of Personality Disorders and Other Conditions.

Final Exam (Week 15)

Find at least one article on each of the disorders to be discussed in class.


Grading Standards



Attendance and Participation             150 points

Midterm Examination                         100 points

Final Examination                               100 points

Term Paper                                          100 points


Total Points                                         450 points

Submission Format Policy

All assignments are to be submitted on the date assigned and in the APA format.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late papers will not be accepted

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance Policy:  Attendance is mandatory in this class.  ANY absence will result in a loss of 10 points off your total score and will affect your final grade.  Three times being tardy and three times leaving early will be considered as one absence. 

Other Policies

Electronic Devices:  In this class, ALL electronic devices are to be turned off prior to the beginning of each class meeting and failure to do so will result in consequences.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.