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  • Course | DSW 159Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis


The purpose of this course is to provide students with information and skills, which will increase their effectiveness in supporting people with a dual diagnosis (a developmental disability and a mental health problem).

The course will review why people with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to mental illnesses; diagnostic issues; the biopsychosocial model of mental illness; six major types of mental illnesses and how they present in people with a developmental disability; how to prepare comprehensive information for a mental health consultation; diverse intervention modalities and how to provide comprehensive supports. There will also be a focus on how the mental health system operates and the systemic issues, which act as barriers to accessing services for people with a dual diagnosis.

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