Schizophrenia - Breaking down or breaking through?

Ref: C3529051

This course will explore the history, diagnosis, possible causes and treatments proposed for Schizophrenia. It is an introductory level course, so no previous knowledge is assumed. We can only touch the surface but sources for further information will be provided. There will be some time for discussion and although participants are welcome to share their own experiences this is not a requirement. We shall be asking questions about the nature of health and illness; the reliability of diagnosis; alternative explanations and effectiveness of treatments available. Questions include: • Is this an illness of the brain, a disorder of the mind or a spiritual emergency? • What are the criteria for diagnosis and what are the implications of this? • How effective are drug treatments and what are the alternatives? All views are welcome, but no one view will be promoted. This course is educational rather than therapeutic.

Course aim

To examine and discuss the history, diagnosis, possible causes and treatments proposed for Schizophrenia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open to all. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in mental health. It aims to be educational rather than therapeutic and is one of a series of workshops ‘Thinking about Mental Health’.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how Schizophrenia is diagnosed and outline different views regarding the value of diagnosis.
  • Become familiar with some of the suggested causes of Schizophrenia and be able to discus these.
  • Appreciate the diversity of treatments proposed and some of the strengths and limitations of these.
  • Feel more confident when talking to experts, professionals and others regarding this aspect of mental illness.
  • Appreciate the diversity of experiences than can be regarded as signs of mental illness by some.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The tutor will introduce key concepts which we will discuss as a group. There will be an opportunity to share personal experiences where relevant but this is not an expectation nor is a requirement.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Bring yourself and an open mind.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No previous knowledge, reading or experience is required.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • This is one of a series of workshops ‘Thinking about Mental Health’. Other courses available are on Depression (including Bipolar), Anxiety Disorders (incl. Phobias, OCD, PTSD) and different approaches to Mental Health.

Download full course outline

Schizophrenia - Breaking down or breaking through? Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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