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 1 - Disorders diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence
What is abnormal behaviour
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Stereotypic movement disorder
Depression in childhood
Types of therapy
Unit 2 - Delirium, dementia, amnestic and cognitive disorders
Other cognitive disorders
Spotting dementia and other conditions
New research on memory
Research methods of biopsychology
Unit 3 - Substance related disorders
Substance dependence and substance abuse
Why do people use drugs?
Alcohol dependence and the DTS
Summary of terminology
Criteria for substance abuse and substance dependence
Health risks of specific drugs
Abuse of prescription and over the counter medication
Unit 5 - Mood disorders
Determining the type of depression
Unipolar disorder (also known as recurrent major depression)
Causes of depression
Risk factors for major depression
Men and depression
Risk factors for bipolar disorder
Types of treatment for depression
Unit 6 - Anxiety disorders
Symptoms of anxiety
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Common symptoms of PTSD
Treatment of PTSD
Unit 7 - Somatoform, factitious and dissociative disorders
Body dysmorphic disorder
Symptoms and causes of FDS
Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder)
Unit 8 - Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
Male and female sexual disorder
Female sexual dysfunction
Signs and symptoms of female sexual dysfunction
Male sexual dysfunction
Gender identity disorder (also known as transsexualism)
Unit 9 - Eating and sleep disorders
Binge and compulsive eating
Restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder
Unit 10 - Impulse-control disorders and adjustment disorder
Risk factors for adjustment disorders
Impulse control disorders
Common impulse control disorders
Intermittent explosive disorder
Compulsive skin picking
Unit 11 - Personality disorders
Types of personality disorder
Features of personality disorders
Incapacity for love
Lack of empathy and emotion
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.
A great way to learn new things. Highly recommend.
J. McMahon, North Albury NSW | Certificate in Abnormal Psychology
This course was a little differently set out than previous courses I’ve done with Australian online courses. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you
L, Spalviero, Pasco Vale VIC | Certificate of Abnormal Psychology
I loved this course so much, 10/10!!! I learnt so much and I actually enjoyed spending my time researching and learning stuff that I didn’t know about previously.
L.Kanellos, Glen Huntly, VIC | Certificate of Abnormal Psychology
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.