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PSY 250 Abnormal Psychology - Blackford: Welcome

Welcome to PSY 250



   Lisa Blackford, NMC Psychology Instructor


Our Course Outcomes


  1. develop a working vocabulary of symptoms, causes, and treatments for the variety of psychopathologies.

  2. analyze psychopathologies using major theoretical perspectives and make connections to evidence-based treatments (Critical Thinking).

  3. communicate their understanding of psychopathology with awareness of audience and sense of purpose (Communication).

  4. discover what psychopathologies teach us about living emotionally healthy lives.

  5. express empathy toward the mentally ill and their families

  6. develop strategies for self-assessment of progress toward these course outcomes.

Your Study Resources are Here!

Our course includes an in-depth study of 12 major topics. Resources for your study can be found on the tabs at the top of this page. Each topic (tab) is organized in the following way:

Focus: This section includes a  MindMap that graphically organizes the pertinent information about the topic. It also includes 3 Focus Questions that are intended to guide your study.  Use these two documents to focus your study.

Read: web-based text resources to support your study of the MindMap and Focus Questions

View: web-based video resources connected to the MindMap and Focus Questions

Listen: web-based audio resources related to the concepts on the MindMap and Focus Questions

Other Resources: these are links to a variety of other resources related to the topic.

Please remember: All of these resources are related to the Mindmap and will help you formulate responses to the Focus Questions. Use only as many as are necessary to help you understand the concepts from the Mindmap and answer the Focus Questions. There is no expectation that you access all of the resources. Also, you may access other resources not provided.  You choose, based on your learning preference, those resources that can best support your learning of the MindMap concepts and Focus Questions.