Teaching Abnormal Psychology: The Stories Behind the Disorders
Join Dr. Jeffrey Nevid for a discussion on teaching abnormal psychology from an "I" perspective through the sharing of first person narratives of people with psychological disorders.
Dr. Jeffrey Nevid, St. John's University, New York
Abnormal psychology attracts students who may be preparing for courses in the helping professions, to fulfill a gen ed requirement, or to learn more about types of psychological disorders that they themselves or people close to them may have experienced. Traditionally the course has been taught like a compendium of symptoms, disorders, and treatments. What often gets overlooked, however, are the human stories behind the disorders, the personal experiences of people struggling with various types of psychological disorders. This presentation focuses on teaching abnormal psychology from an "I" perspective through the sharing of first person narratives of people with psychological disorders, putting a human face on the study of abnormal behavior.