This course, taught by Tom A. Biller at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, focuses on the diagnosis of mental disorders as coded in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association, and the International Classification of Diseases. Students will be provided the opportunity to integrate the Theocentric (God-Centered) Model within the scope of clinical diagnosis of psychopathology. The course will provide a framework for determining a differential diagnosis of mental disorders using DSM-5 decision trees. Students learn to arrive at accurate diagnoses in an efficient manner. Accurate diagnosing is the basis for treatment planning. Students will learn to develop treatment plans based on accurate diagnoses. The diagnoses covered in this course are commonly treated in the clinical setting (e.g., churches, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, mental health centers, prisons, private practices, military chaplaincies, etc.) by licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical pastoral therapists, licensed psychologists, licensed psychological examiners, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, substance abuse counselors and various medical specialties.
Seminary: Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Keywords: neuroscience, abnormal psychology, mental health, psychiatry, addiction, pastoral care