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 a professional development 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 abnormal psychology online 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 - Abnormal Psychology
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 4 – 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 5 – Anxiety disorders
Symptoms of anxiety
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Common symptoms of PTSD
Treatment of PTSD
Unit 6 – Somatoform, factitious and dissociative disorders
Body dysmorphic disorder
Symptoms and causes of FDS
Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder)
Unit 7 – 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 8 – Eating and sleep disorders
Binge and compulsive eating
Restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder
Unit 9 – 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 10 – Personality disorders
Types of personality disorder
Features of personality disorders
Incapacity for love
Lack of empathy and emotion
Estimated duration 50 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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