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ERIC Number: ED236500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Psychiatric Psychopathology: A Practicum Approach.
Keller, John W.; Piotrowski, Chris
This paper describes the University of West Florida graduate level, didactic/experiential course in psychopathology which has been offered since 1975 to introduce clinical psychology students to the applied and practical aspects of psychiatry. Elements of the basic practicum course are described: (1) each student is assigned to a psychiatrist on a psychiatric unit, and makes rounds two mornings each week to observe psychiatrist-patient interactions; (2) a specific disorder is studied each week; (3) all students meet in a seminar every second week; (4) on alternative weeks students attend a professional psychiatric lecture; and (5) students write a weekly report. Goals and benefits of the course are listed including observation of clinical symptoms and techniques; familiarity with psychotropic drugs and their effects; ability to differentiate types of mental illness; confidence and comfort in interacting with pscyhiatrists and mental health settings; and an awareness of the range of professional techniques available. (Formal evaluations of the course indicate that students find the practicum course valuable, especially for learning about psychotropic drugs and the diversity of psychological disturbances). (WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A