Course Code: PSYC 221
Academic Year: 2019-2020
In this course, paramedic students will develop their psychological understanding of a wide variety of special groups. We will examine a number of psychological disorders, their etiological underpinnings and common treatments as well as the emotional and cognitive development of various age groups and common disorders associated with these ages. Effective patient treatment demands decision-making about the most effective course of action, decisions that can be informed by knowledge of stress reactions as well as the rudiments of abnormal behaviour. Initially, students will be introduced to ways of contrasting normal with abnormal behaviour, and they will begin to evaluate the life-threatening potential of a psychological emergency. Through case studies, discussions and research, students will have an opportunity to develop successful management strategies for coping with their patients.