Explore ways to identify, diagnose and treat a range of mental illnesses by studying this online Abnormal Psychology unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University.
The unit is geared towards psychology students but would also be relevant to counsellors, allied health professionals such as nurses and social workers, as well as those working within the community services sector.
Designed as an introductory program, the unit guides students through a range of mental health issues and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, anxiety and addiction, and focuses on the phenomenology and aetiology of each condition.
Students are also taught to consider how these disorders impact individual people, and society as a whole, giving them a broader appreciation of how dysfunctional behaviours can have a ripple effect throughout society. Students are also introduced to the major systems of classifying mental disorders such as the multiaxial system presented in the DSM-IV-TR, and examine the patterns that have been conceptualised as ‘abnormal’ and dysfunctional.
To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following units:
This online course unit in abnormal psychology is a helpful unit of study for a range of allied health professionals such as nurses, counsellors, community service workers and psychologists, and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of human behaviours that are identified as ‘abnormal’ and dysfunctional.
By completing this unit, you will learn how to:
Identify the common features of a mental disorder and understand the major systems used to classify disorders
Be able to apply a multi-dimensional approach (including biological, socio-cultural and psychological) to understanding mental disorders
Describe and understand the phenomenology and aetiology of disorders that involve anxiety, addiction, development issues and difficulties regulating mood
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Abnormal Psychology from Swinburne University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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