Whether you’re considering a career in psychology or counselling or want to gain soft skills in this area, this online course provides a solid foundation to complement your current job or as a platform to further study.
Advanced Certificate of Psychology & Counselling is a professional development course that provides a deeper understanding of psychological disorders, human behaviour and critical counselling skills.
In this psychology and counselling course, you will learn about interpersonal skills, stress and conflict management strategies, mental health disorders, group dynamics, organisational psychology and social psychology.
You will also learn about the nature and scope of psychology, including biological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, perception and motivation, as well as counselling and mediation techniques.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation knowledge of the fields of psychology and counselling.
Introduction to Psychology
Unit 1 – The nature and scope of psychology
Human and animal behaviour
But it’s all common sense isn’t it?
Different approaches to the study of human behaviour
Key issues in psychology
Free will versus determinism
Developmental and interactive expressions of behaviour
Applying psychology – questionnaires, interviews and surveys
Designing a questionnaire
Unit 2 – Neurological basis of behaviour
Structures of the nervous system
The central nervous system (CNS)
Other main parts of the brain
The peripheral nervous system (PNS)
Neurona and key terms
Cranial nerves and spinal nerves
The autonomic and somatic nervous systems
How nerves transmit messages
The brain and behaviour
Methods of investigating the brain
Split brain operation
Localisation of function
New research on memory
Unit 3 – Environmental effects on behaviour
Modelling and conformity
Intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers
Consequences and timing
Problems with punishment
Learning and memory
Three parts of our memory
Memory improvement strategies
Unit 4 – Consciousness and perception
What is consciousness?
The status of consciousness in psychology
The relationship between consciousness and behaviour
Unconscious and subconscious
Altered states of consciousness
Daydreams and sleeping and dreaming
The origin of dreams
The activation-synthesis theory
Chemically altered consciousness
Factors affecting perception
Unit 5 – Personality
Theories of personality
Theoretical approaches to human personality
Social learning approach
The psychoanalytic approach
Freud’s five stages of development (personalities and morality are developed)
The basic concept in Rogers’ theory of personality
Genes and personality
Eysenck’s personality theory
Unit 6 – Psychological development
Nature vs nurture
Environment and development
Development as a sequence of stages
Stages of development
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
Concrete operational stage
Formal operational stage
Moral development – Kohlberg’s theory of moral development
Post conventional morality
Freud’s psycho-sexual stages theory
Erikson’s psycho-social stages theory
Adult psychological development
Criticisms of stage theories
Unit 7 – Needs, drives and motivation
What motivates human behaviour
The behaviourist drive theory of human motivation
The definition of drive
The psychoanalytical approach to human motivation
Maslow’s theory of human motivation
Complementary and conflicting motives
Psychology and counselling
Unit 1 – Stress
The mind to body connection
How to recognise stress
What happens to the body when you experience stress
The physiological response
Chronic and acute stress
Erikson’s psychosocial stages
Oral sensory stage
Anal muscular stage
Genital locomotor stage
Relationship between stress and heart disease
What are the basic sources of stress
Why some people suffer more
How to deal with stress
Unit 2 – Abnormal behaviour
Definition of abnormality
Deviation from statistical norms
Deviation from social norm
Maladaptiveness in behaviour
Wakefield’s harmful dysfunction concept
Psychologically healthy individuals
Deviation in character
Classification of mental disorders
Anxiety and mood disorders
Prevalence of depression
Treatment of depression
Substance related disorder
Disorders diagnosed in childhood
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic and Cognitive disorders
Problems with classification
Unit 3 – Individual Behaviour
Pro social or altruistic behaviour
When do children first exhibit pro social behaviour
Influence of family structure
Influence of school
Influence of peers
Heiders balance theory
Unit 4 – Group behaviour
The influence of groups
Unit 5 – Methods of dealing with abnormalities
Professionals in counselling and psychology
Directiveness and non directiveness
Unit 6 – Conflict resolution
Conflict handling techniques
Joint problem solving
Problems with negotiation
Running a mediation process in a conflict situation
Agreements or contracts
Suggested timetable for a mediation session
Unit 7 – Interpersonal communication skills
Hearing verbal messages
Perceiving non verbal messages
Verbal and non verbal communication
Specific skills: listening, paraphrasing, reflective responses, etc
Professional relationship building
Estimated duration 100 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no course or subject pre-requisites for entry into our programs. However, our professional development programs are generally intended for people over the age of 18. In some circumstances, enrolments from younger people may be considered. Please complete the AOC Parent Guardian Consent Form prior to enrolling and submit here.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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