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Interested in learning about abnormal psychology? Or maybe you would like to further your skills to compliment your current career? Whatever your goal, the Abnormal Psychology course is a great way to get started. This course is particularly beneficial for counsellors or support workers, as it develops their ability to distinguish between different types of psychological disorders and determine when to refer clients for treatment.

It is also of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about common psychological disorders, their causes and treatment. Lifestyle Learning Direct's Abnormal Psychology course teaches you about various disorders, how to distinguish between them and the development of treatment. Plus, as your course is delivered by distance education, there are no timetables to adhere to so your study can fit around your current lifestyle. Key areas of learning - Abnormal Psychology course
  • Disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence
  • Delirium, dementia, amnesia and other cognitive disorders
  • Substance related disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Somatoform, factitious and dissociative disorders
  • Sexual and gender identity disorders
  • Eating and sleeping disorders
  • Impulse-control disorders
  • Personality disorders We thank our affiliate ACS for supplying the content for this course.
Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence Identify disorders first prevalent under 18 years of age.

Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and other Cognitive Disorders Compare and contrast delirium and dementia.

Substance Related Disorders Distinguish between substance abuse disorders and substance dependence.

Schizophrenia and other Phychotoic Disorders Differentiate between psychotic disorders.

Mood Disorders Distinguish between unipolar disorders and bipolar disorders.

Anxiety Disorders Describe different types of anxiety disorders.

Somatoform, Factitious and Dissociative Disorders Distinguish between somatoform and dissociative disorders.

Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Discuss gender identity disorder, paraphilias and sexual dysfunction.

Eating and Sleeping Disorders Identify eating disorders and sleeping disorders.

Impulse-cControl Disorders; Adjustment Disorders Distinguish between impulse-control disorders and adjustment disorders.

Personality Disorders Distinguish between different types of Personality Disorders.

This course can be beneficial to anyone who works or lives with children and wishes to develop their skills in the area of child psychology either as a general interest, as career development, as a foundation to further studies or to build on existing professional qualifications. This course may be beneficial:

  • To teachers and childcare workers looking to supplement their work. As bridging to further studies To volunteer workers e.g.: in aged care To community care workers, such as ambulance officers etc. To those considering university study who have not studied for a time, or wish to have an introduction to the subject before they invest in a degree.

Some of the activities that you will do in this course are:

  • Identify disorders first prevalent under 18 years of age
  • Describe how you would diagnose a case of suspected Autism in a child of 4 years of age
  • Compare and contrast delirium and dementia;
  • Do an internet search for images of PET scans and MRI of brains affected by delirium or dementia include the images an essay discussing these disorders;
  • Distinguish between substance abuse disorders and substance dependence disorders;
  • Differentiate between psychotic disorders; Describe briefly the subtypes of Schizophrenia;
  • Distinguish between Unipolar disorders and Bipolar disorders;
  • Outline a cognitive model of depression;
  • Describe different types of Anxiety Disorders;
  • Develop a treatment to overcome a client's fear of spiders;
  • Distinguish between Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders;
  • Explain the primary criticisms of dissociative identity disorder;
  • Provide a diagnosis of a case study and justify your diagnosis;
  • Discuss Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilias and Sexual Dysfunction;
  • Explain what distinguishes a preference of sexual act or object as a paraphilia;
  • Identify Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders;
  • Explain how eating disorders develop;
  • Distinguish between Impulse Control Disorders and Adjustment disorders;
  • Develop a diagnostic table for impulse control disorders;
  • Distinguish between different types of Personality Disorder;
  • Differentiate between Narcissistic and Histrionic personality disorders.

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