Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Learning Objectives
  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the traditional taxonomy of psychopathology (e.g. neurodevelopmental disorders; personality disorders; paraphilic disorders; anxiety disorders).
  2. Compare and assess the psychoanalytical and psychotherapeutic alternatives to the study of aetiology and treatment.
  3. To be able to discuss the different ways in which developmental trauma neglect and abuse influence the aetiology of Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  4. To assess and describe the importance of carefully placed boundaries when working with forensic patients, the risk of triggers.
  5. To be able to analyse and design ways of working more effectively with psychotherapy patients who have fears of committing acts of violence, and to place those fears into the context of adverse childhood experiences and disturbed attachment relationships.
  6. To understand the neurobiological basis of anxiety, to be able to identify the two different patterns generated by fear and grief, along with appropriate treatment options.
  7. To be able to ethically interview and assess the fitness and suitability of severely traumatised people to stand trial or appear as witnesses in court.
  8. To be able to consider the impact of transference on treatment teams in a forensic setting and to understand which measures might mitigate this.