Online Taster: Psychiatric diagnosis – science or pseudo-science?

Ref: C3530889

Recent research questions the usefulness of Psychiatric classifications such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, depression and many other mental disorders. In this session you will discuss the usefulness of some of these diagnoses and examine the science behind them. This also provides an introduction to a course to be made available online which looks at the diagnosis, explanations and treatments for Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Phobia's, OCD, Eating Disorders and Autism.

Course aim

To introduce an online course 'The science of mental health' and open up a discussion regarding the usefulness of psychiatric classifications.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is open to anyone to attend. Support will be available for using the online systems.

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

  • appreciate the scientific challenge in finding a classification system for Psychiatric conditions.
  • become familiar with the controversy surrounding some Psychiatric diagnosis.
  • access supporting materials using Canvas to support independent learning.
  • take part in a live online discussion on this topic using Zoom
  • become more confident in using Zoom and Canvas to access adult education

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • We will use Zoom to facilitate a group discussion. Canvas will be used to provide supporting materials before, during and after the session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • opportunities for self assessment will be provided and follow up courses suggested.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Sources of further online information will be provided together with an electronic copy of the presentation used.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • There will be some pre-course resources available. Support will be available to help you access these.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Some information on a proposed 8 session online course will be made available.

Download full course information sheet

Online Taster: Psychiatric diagnosis – science or pseudo-science?

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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