ATA437 Psychopathology for Pastoral Counseling

Psychopathology is the scientific study of mental disorders, including efforts to understand their genetic, biological, psychological, and social-cultural etiology; effective classification schemes; course across all stages of development; manifestations; and treatment. In the context of this program, we will give special attention to the theological hermeneutics of the human condition as appropriate to the topic and goals of the course, such as the existential nature of anxiety, and so on. The word psychopathology has a Greek origin: ‘psyche’ meaning “soul”, ‘pathos’ is defined as “suffering”, and ‘-ology’ is “the study of”. Wholly, Psychopathology is defined as the origin of mental disorders, how they develop, and the symptoms they might produce in a person. The religious, cultural, and theoretical assumptions of “normalcy” will also be addressed.

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