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Brain and Behavior: Biological Perspectives and Therapeutic Approaches to Mental Illness

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Course Description

Taught by a practicing mental health counselor, "Brain and Behavior" will provide students with a multifactorial perspective on psychopathology. We will delve into illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders … exploring the biological, social and cognitive causes of mental illness.
Students will study:

  • The biological foundations of mental health disorders
  • Real-life case studies based on actual clients
  • The counseling and medical techniques just to treat patients.
  • Are you interested in both biology and psychology? Everyday we are learning more about how biology and genetics contribute to how we think, our mood, and our predisposition to certain behaviors and mental health disease. Students will learn about connections between abnormal brain function and the thoughts, feelings, and actions we label as psychiatric disease. The course will begin with a review of the anatomy of the brain and the role of the major structures that regulate cognition, emotions, and behaviorsÍž students will learn the basics of brain function and neurobiology. The first half of each class will be dedicated to an exploration of the biology of the disorder under discussion. In the second half of each class, the focus will shift to the treatment of the disorder. Students will learn about counseling interventions designed to conceptualize and treat these disorders through specific case studies drawn from real-life clients.

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss the biological foundations psychological disorders
    • Name and explain the symptoms associated with multiple mental health illnesses
    • Analyze real–world case studies and discuss treatment options that would likely be utilized
    • Know more about schooling and career options in psychotherapy and/or neurobiology
    • Accurately, respectfully, and articulately discuss mental health disease

    There are no prerequisites for this course, but a strong interest or some background in the subject material is expected.

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