ADC433: Psychopathology, Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction (undergrad section of a graduate course)

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth exploration of psychopathology, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. Students will learn about the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to the development of mental health and substance use disorders. Clinical and scientific research is integrated through the course with a biblical worldview so that students will have a robust biopsychosocial and spiritual lens to understand and treat mental disorders. They will also examine the various models of addiction, the stages of addiction and recovery, and the different types of treatment available for addiction.

The course will cover the diagnostic criteria for major mental health disorders, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. Students will also explore the comorbidity of mental health disorders with substance use disorders and the challenges that arise when treating co-occurring disorders.

Throughout the course, students will engage in critical thinking and discussion to deepen their understanding of the complex issues related to psychopathology, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. They will also develop the skills necessary to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with these conditions in a variety of clinical settings.

By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the causes and treatment of psychopathology, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. They will also be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to work effectively with individuals struggling with these issues.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the history and approaches to assessment and treatment of psychopathologies.
  2. Identify and conceptualize a range of psychopathologies and co-occurring disorders including the following categories of disorders:  Mood, Anxiety, Trauma, Psychotic, Personality, Eating, Sleep-Wake, Somatic, Dissociative, Sexual, Substance-Related, Impulse Control, Physical, Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive.
  3. Assess and diagnose various psychopathologies from case studies using DSM-5 TR criteria.
  4. Develop treatment plans for various psychopathologies from case studies incorporating treatment with co-occurring substance use disorders.
  5. Conceptualize various psychopathologies within a Christian worldview and develop Christian treatment plans in ethically appropriate contexts.
  6. Develop a comprehensive psychopathologies and co-occurring disorders treatment best-practices training manual for an organization including how the organization’s unique values inform its approach to treatment. 


Available to undergraduates with 90+ credits and a 3.5+ GPA.


Course Materials & Tuition

Barlow, David H., V. Mark Durand, and Stefan G. Hofmann. Psychopathology: An Integrative Approach to Mental Disorders. 9th edition. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2022. ISBN: 978-0-8308-2850-0.

McRay, Barrett W., Mark A. Yarhouse, and Richard E. Butman. Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal. 2nd edition. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-357-65784-3.

Association, A. P. (2022). Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from Dsm-5-tr (5th edition). Amer Psychiatric Pub Inc.

Emlet, M. R. (2017). Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications. New Growth Press. ISBN: 194527011X. 112 pages.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People With Co-Occuring Disorders TIP 42. HHS Publication No. PEP20-02-01-004. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Free PDF.









Tuition $800.00
Total Cost of Course $924.83