SOWK 4338 Assessment of Mental Health Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

This course focuses on the assessment of psychological, social and biological contributors to mental health disorders in children, youth, adults and older adults, and the use of this assessment as a guide for treatment/clinical interventions. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the DSM-5 classification system in the context of social work values and ethics. It examines symptoms, theories of etiology, treatment interventions and prognoses within each diagnostic category and reviews a variety of assessment tools in the context of gender identity and expression, ethnicity, cultural diversity, sexual orientation and historically oppressed and/or disadvantaged population.

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