Wellcome to … Perspectives on Mental Health

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Discover how different ways of viewing and thinking about mental health can lead to very different treatments and outcomes. This course will examine a range of medical and Psychological approaches to understanding the variety of human experiences, including those regarded as mental illness. We will critically consider the medical model, behaviourist and cognitive approaches, the contributions of Depth Psychology (including Psychoanalysis) and counselling. Each view point has something to offer but none offer the whole story. This course is educational rather than therapeutic.

Course aim

To explore medical and psychological approaches to defining, explaining and treating Psychological Disorders. Introducing divergent perspectives on human nature and what it means to be mentally healthy.

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
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open all all but is not suitable for those currently undergoing treatment for serious psychiatric conditions. (if in doubt ask to talk to the tutor). Note that the tutor is a fully qualified and experienced teacher but not a mental health practitioner.

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

  • outline different psychological perspectives on mental health
  • appreciate some of the strengths and limitations of these different perspectives
  • understand some different Psychological perspectives and ways in which these influence my own thinking about myself and others.
  • feel more prepared take part in action for positive change regarding perceptions of mental health and abnormality in the wider community.
  • become more confident using digital technologies such as e-mail, PowerPoint and Canvas.

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
  • There will be optional opportunities for discussion with other course members both in class and online. 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There is no formal assessment for this course however students will have opportunities to assess their understanding through discussions class activities and optional online self-assessment exercises.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • There is no essential reading but lots of sources of further information will be provided including web-site and books. A copy of all presentation materials used will also be made available to students

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work 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
  • Some of the topics covered are included AS & A level examinations. This course would be a helpful introduction from which to progress onto a programme leading to a qualification.

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Wellcome to … Perspectives on Mental Health

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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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

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