Mental illnesses and disorders affect around 20% of people. Many of us know someone personally who has a mental health problem. Although mental health problems were once considered taboo most modern societies accept mental illness as a condition which can affect anyone.
Our understanding of mental illnesses has increased drastically over the past 150 years and we now have more ways of helping people to cope with their symptoms or overcome them entirely. This course will help the student to develop an awareness of a range of common psychological disorders – their aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, and possible treatment options.
Whilst the course largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM and ICD, the student is also encouraged to consider issues such as how do we define normality and abnormality, and when is an individual’s behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as “normal” in society – and when is it “abnormal”.
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Online delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
Blended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
In class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
Virtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration study load
Approx. 100 hours
Strong students support – We employ top teachers and have spent 35 years building resources to support you
Our tutors are accessible, with academics on duty in both Australia and the UK daily. True learning is a process guided by expert teachers. Our teaching staff are a team of experts, spread across the world, all university trained and with real-world experience. They include veterinary scientists, agricultural scientists, and behavioural scientists
Courses are revised and updated in response to feedback from every student who graduates
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy
Criteria for determining abnormality
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Stereotypic Movement Disorder
Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders
Types of cognitive disorders
Types of Dementia
Comparing Dementia and Delerium
Cognitive Disorder NOS
Research Methods in Biopsychology
Scope and nature of Substance Abuse
Reasons for Using Drugs
Intoxication and Withrawal
Alcohol Dependance and DT’s
Classes of Drugs
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Scope and nature
Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders
Onset of Schizophrenia
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia and violence
Biology of Schizophrenia
Role of the Patients Support System
Determining Type of Depression
Unipolar disorders and bipolar disorders.
Risk Factors for Depression
Men and Depression
Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment
Types of Treatment
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