Taster - Psychology: Exploring the boundaries of normality

Ref: C3529544

How do Psychologists define abnormality? What does it mean to be mentally healthy, who decides if they are mentally ill? Everyone is welcome, whatever their previous experiences. No previous knowledge is required or assumed. An educational, rather than therapeutic session.

Course aim

This course aims to explore what it means to be normal and the implications of a label of abnormality whilst taking an open minded approach to understanding mental health.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is not suitable for those currently undergoing treatment for serious psychiatric conditions. (if in doubt ask to talk to the tutor).

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

  • Outline four main ways of defining abnormality used by Psychologists.
  • Understand some of the strengths and limitations of these definitions.
  • Know what happened to the Psychologists who got admitted to mental hospitals.
  • Appreciate some of the controversy surround the use of diagnostic criteria such as the DSM5.
  • Feel more confident about talking about mental health with others, including professionals.

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
  • There is no expectation or requirement that participants share personal information or experiences.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A copy of the presentation materials used will also be made available to students which will include links to other sources of information.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Taster - Psychology: Exploring the boundaries of normality


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