Perspectives on Mental Health

Ref: C3531310

This course is currently full.
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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 commonly regarded as mental illness. We will critically consider the medical model, behaviourist and cognitive approaches, the contributions of Psychoanalysis and counselling together with challenges to mainstream views. Each view point has something to offer but none can provide the whole story. This course is educational rather than therapeutic. Expect challenging ideas and friendly discussion.

Course aim

To explore medical and psychological approaches to defining, explaining and treating Psychological Disorders. Introducing and comparing different, often contradictory, 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
  • 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 open to all but probably not helpful for those currently struggling with serious mental health issues. It could however be useful for those wishing to make sense of their experiences and on a path toward recovery. if in doubt request a phone chat with the tutor.

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

  • outline different medical and psychological perspectives on mental health
  • appreciate some of the strengths and limitations of these different perspectives
  • reflect on ways that different psychological perspectives have influenced my own thinking and others behaviour in relation to human nature.
  • 4. feel more prepared take part in action for positive change regarding perceptions of mental health and abnormality in the wider community.
  • become more confident accessing and selecting sources of information online and using digital technologies such as Zoom 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
  • Live face to face sessions using Zoom will include a presentation of key ideas and plenty of opportunity to discuss these. There will be lots of follow up material available using Canvas, the WEA's online classroom.

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 and optional self-assessment exercises. A certificate of attendance can be provided on request.

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
  • No prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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.

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
  • A follow up course 'Understanding Psychological Disorders' will be available in the following term.

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Perspectives on Mental Health

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This course is currently full.
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Waiting List 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 student privacy notice

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