Mental illnesses and disorders currently affect around 20% of Australians. But thankfully, our understanding of them has increased drastically over the past 150 years, and we now have more ways of helping people cope. This course is ideal for those working in mental health settings or in roles where there is contact with people at higher risk of mental health issues. Professions where this is likely, include teaching, social work, counselling, support work or carer roles.
The Certificate of Abnormal Psychology is an online program that will provide you with a broad knowledge of mental health issues from drug abuse and developmental issues to genetic and medical disorders.
In this professional development course, you will study cognitive, substance-related, psychotic and mood disorders, and some of the disorders first diagnosed in infancy.
You will also learn about personality, eating and sleep disorders; anxiety, sexual and gender identity; and varying types of dissociative, adjustment and impulse-control disorders.
On completion of this course, you will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a broad range of mental health disorders, gain insights into possible causes and treatment options, and interact with people in a positively beneficial manner.
Unit: Abnormal Psychology
Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy
Criteria for Determining Abnormality.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Stereotypic Movement Disorder.
Depression in Childhood.
Types of Therapy: Adlerian, Behaviour, Existential, Gestalt, Person Centred Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Rational Emotive, Reality Therapy, Transactional.
Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders
Types of Cognitive Disorders.
Types of Dementia.
Comparing Dementia and Delirium.
Cognitive Disorder NOS.
Research Methods in Biopsychology.
Scope and Nature of Substance Abuse.
Reasons for Using Drugs.
Intoxication and Withdrawal.
Alcohol Dependence and DT’s.
Classes of Drugs.
Opium and Heroin.
Other Drugs, Steroids, Ritalin, Inhalants, etc.
Risks with Specific Drugs.
Older Adults Susceptible to Prescription Misuse.
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.
Scope and Nature.
Generalised Anxiety Disorders.
Phobic Anxiety Disorders.
Treatments – Intervention, Drugs, etc.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, Research, etc.
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for individuals working or aspiring to work in the community and health sectors.