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Science of Abnormal Psychology & Your Favorite Movie and Television Characters (Ongoing)

In this ongoing class, we'll learn what a psychological disorder is, and the elements of various psychological disorders that can be illustrated in different characters, superheroes and villains from television and the movies.
Melissa Snyder, M.Ed., LPCC
417 total reviews for this teacher
18 reviews for this class
Completed by 117 learners
35 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times


Next on Wed, Dec 7

Meets Once per week
12:00 – 12:35 PM
5 learners enrolled

Next on Thu, Dec 8

Meets Once per week
6:00 – 6:35 PM
Only 3 spots remaining
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Class Experience

In each class: 
1. Students will hear a brief overview of what a psychological disorder is
2. Students will learn 4-5 unique psychological disorders in each class
3. Students will learn a tv and movie character to illustrate each psychological disorder

In week three and five, students will learn the psychology behind why we love villains and superheroes
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with M.Ed. in Community counseling and a B.A. in Sociology.  I am licensed to diagnose mental health disorders, though not specifically for television and movie characters. :)
Pen, paper for taking notes. I'll also upload in the classroom, shortly before each lesson, and outline for each class that can be used to take notes and follow along.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal assessment will take place by asking students if they have questions or comments throughout lessons.  There will also be opportunities to answer poll questions in the chat box.  
35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parents know best if their child will more comfortable with them by their side.  The content of this course doesn't require a parent, but the nature/personality of the specific learner may. 

Many of the movies and tv shows are PG-13. No video will be shown in the class but students should be familiar with the characters.  I include trigger warnings at the top of each class outline so an informed decision can be made about the appropriateness for your learner.
Disney + is a good source for many of the characters used in this course.  YouTube also has clips that are specific character focused.
The DSM 5 is a primary resource, but IS NOT NEEDED for this course.


Melissa Snyder, M.Ed., LPCC
Lives in the United States
Licensed Counselor Teaching Psychology and Strategies to Empower Learners
417 total reviews
384 completed classes

About Me

Hello there! I'm a licensed professional clinical counselor who focuses on education classes and workshops for children, teens and adults.  I primarily teach psychology and anxiety reduction classes on Outschool.  Learning life-skills and coping... 
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