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PSY 212 Abnormal Psychology

Thursday 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM three credits



William Blevins


570 721-3888


Towanda Center


Office Hours

30 minutes before and after class. Other hours by appointment





Abnormal Psychology (DSM-5), Author-Kring, copyright 2014



PSY 212 (Formerly SS 233) – Abnormal Psychology This course is designed to produce an understanding of the etiologies, characteristics, diagnoses, treatments and prognoses of a variety of exceptionalities that have limiting effects on human potential (3 Credits). Prerequisite: PSY 105



  1. Understand the social, racial, ethnic, psychological, educational, and intervention issues associated with each exceptionality.
  2. Assess each exceptionality from the viewpoints of the theoretical paradigms which includes sociocultural presented in this course.
  3. Describe exceptionalities using the diagnostic system of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).
  4. Develop a case study that includes an assessment, theoretical review, and treatment plan for one or more selected exceptionalities.



  1. Completion of all reading assignments and DSM-V/ICD-10 crosswalks and descriptions of exceptionalities for class discussion and be prepared to defend assumptions
  2. Active class attendance and participation
  3. Prepare review questions for class discussion
  4. Completion of case study
  5. Three examinations



All tests will be graded on a standard percentage of accuracy scale.

The required case study will be graded upon completeness, accuracy, presentation. Points will be deducted for grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation errors. The case study will count as a test.

Class participation and completion of assignments will be evaluated on relevance of the participation and the overall quality of completion. The scores will be aggregated and count as a test at the end of the semester.


Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:


# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

All students are expected to report to class on time and be prepared to fully participate.

Students should check their LC emails for any class notifications, assignment and/or schedule changes.

Eating, smoking, cell phone usage, or conducting any business or study not directly related to the class will not be tolerated.

All class participants are expected be respectful to all students and faculty at all times.



Text book reading assignments and class participation will be evaluated for each class and will be aggregated and count as one test. Assignments are usually required for every class session and are included on the class topics schedule.


Three exams will be presented during the semester and each will carry equal weight in the final grading process.


The required case study will be counted as a test. Case study will be incorporate the completion of a Demographics sheet (provided) using the standard coding sheet (provided) and will follow the sample structural outline (provided). All work should be in Arial black 10 pt. script and double spaced. Pages are to be numbered and notated at the top right corner.


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see the student handbook for more information.)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   


Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.



Course Schedule



Class date


Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Intro to class and definition of abnormal Psychology and chapter 1

Class expectations

Chapter one learning objectives per text

Distribution of acronyms list, reading assignment for 2/4 chapters  2&3


Review of chapters 2 & 3, introduction of the Demographics sheet

Per text learning objectives

Familiarization with case study demographics

Read chapters 4&5 for 2/11 class


Review reading assignment. Begin introduction of DSM-V structure.

Per text learning objectives

Begin familiarization of the DSM-V

Read chapter 6 for 2/18 class



Review reading assignment.

Discuss case study requirements

Review for exam on 2/25

Per text learning objectives

Review DSM-5 classifications


Read chapter 7 for 2/25


Review reading assignment and any questions for test. First Examination chapters 1 through 6

Per text learning objectives

Evaluate student progress

Read chapter 8 for 3/3 class



Review and discuss reading assignment

Distribute test results and review missed questions.

Per text learning objectives.


Read chapter 9


Spring break

No class



Review reading assignment chapter 9, Clinical trials presentation View serial killer power point

Per text learning objectives


Read chapters 10 & 11 for 3/24 class

Prepare draft outline for case study. Prepare review questions for mid-term examination preparation.


Review reading assignment

Review case study drafts with individual students


Per text learning objectives

Monitor case study progress

Read chapter 12. Prepare review questions for midterm examination to be held on 4/7


Review reading assignment Review any questions for test. Review and distribute study guides

Office hours to review case study issues

Per text learning objectives

Monitor case study progress

Work on case study

Prepare exam review questions

Read chapters 13& 14 for 4/7


Review test questions

Midterm examination

Assessment of student progress


Read chapter 15 for 4/14 class. Work on case study

Research for discussion any current event involving a MH consumer.


Distribute exam and review most missed questions. Introduction of the Mental Health Procedures act. Review reading assignment.

Per text learning objectives


Read chapter 16 for 4/21 Prepare for case study progress reviews


 MH Procedures review

Suicide prevention QPR. Review reading assignments

Individual progress reviews for case studies

Per text learning objectives

Understanding of the roles of the MH Administrator, legal delegate and the 302 process.

Understanding of the 295-299 DSM-V classifications and their relationship to funding and treatment

Suicide intervention for the layperson

Work on case studies

Prepare review questions for Final Exam


Critical incident stress management

Last chance for case study discussions

Review of topics covered this semester

Identification of signs of stress and methods to reduce the stress.

Finish Case studies due 5/5

Continue to develop review questions for final exam


Collect case studies

Finish semester review

Prepare for final exam

Study for final examination


Final examination

Assessment of student understanding of material




First Examination: 2/25/2016 5:30 PM Towanda Center

Midterm examination: 4/7/2016 5:30 PM Towanda Center

Final examination: 5/12/2016 5:30 PM Towanda Center






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