Understanding Psychological Disorders (Mental Health) Part 2 with Kevin Walker

Ref: C3533177

This course asks some challenging questions about what it means to be normal; the nature of mental health and illness; the reliability and usefulness of diagnosis and psychiatric labels. We will critically examine the criteria for diagnosis; some explanations and the effectiveness of some treatments for specific disorders. Part two considers O.C.D., Eating disorders, Autism and some Personality Disorders. As well as live sessions on zoom the tutor will provide further opportunities for participation on Canvas. You could expect to spend at least one to two hours a week on these tasks between sessions. This course is educational rather than therapeutic and is not intended to provide practical help for those seeking support with their own mental health. It will not enable you to diagnose yourself or others. This course is fully online with no physical meeting space, accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software.

Course aim

To examine what it means to be seen as psychologically abnormal and the implications of a diagnosis of a mental disorder in our society. To understand and critique the classification, explanation and treatments for a range of psychological disorders.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This is an introductory level course. No prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

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

  • Identify key characteristics used in the diagnosis of common psychiatric conditions and to be able to evaluate the reliability and validity of some of these.
  • Understand and assess the evidence for popular explanations of some psychological disorders and evaluate the effectiveness for some of the treatments offered.
  • Discuss the value and limitations of psychiatric labels and reflect on how these influence our own behaviour and that of others.
  • Feel more prepared take part in action for positive change regarding your own or others perceptions of psychological abnormality in our society.
  • Become more confident accessing and selecting sources of information online.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Information will be provided on Canvas before the each session with suggested reading, a podcast or video to discuss and other background material for those who wish to find out more.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Understanding Psychological Disorders (Mental Health) Part 2 with Kevin Walker

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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