Psychology and Counselling Short Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  29/06/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are seven lessons in this Psychology and Counselling Course. The course lasts approximately 100 hours and there is an assignment at the end of each lesson. 1. Stress • Introduction • The mind to body connection • How to recognise stress • What happens to the body when you experience stress • The physiological response • Chronic and acute stress • Erikson's psycho social stages • Oral sensory stage • Anal muscular stage • Genital locomotor stage • Latency stage • Adolescence • Young adulthood • Middle adulthood • Late adulthood • Social adjustment • Relationship between stress and heart disease • What are the basic sources of stress • Why some people suffer more • How to deal with stress • Defence mechanisms 2. Abnormal Behaviour • Definition of abnormality • Deviation from statistical norms • Deviation from social norm • Maladaptiveness in behaviour • Personal distress • Disability • Wakefield's harmful dysfunction concept • Psychologically healthy individuals • Deviation in character • Classification of mental disorders • Anxiety disorders • Mood disorders • Prevalence of depression • Treatment of depression • Schizophrenia • Substance related disorder • Disorders diagnosed in childhood • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic and Cognitive disorders • Problems with classification 3. Individual Behaviour • Pro social or Altruistic behaviour • When do children first exhibit pro social behaviour • Socialisation • Conformity • Family influence • Disciplinary measures • Sibling influence • Influence of family structure • Influence of school • Praise • Influence of peers • Heider's Balance theory • Dissonance theory • Cognitive dissonance 4. Group Behaviour • Social considerations • Temporary group • Organised group • Organisational groups • The influence of groups • Industrial groups 5. Methods of Dealing with Abnormalities • Professionals in counselling and psychology • Therapist techniques • Transference • Directiveness and non directiveness • Systematic Desensitisation • Behaviour therapies • Psychoanalytical approach • Psychoanalytic techniques • Humanistic therapy • Eclectic approach 6. Conflict Resolution • Introduction • Conflict handling techniques • Anger • Negotiation • Joint problem solving • Problems with negotiation • Mediation • Procedure • Running a mediation process in a conflict situation • Agreements or contracts • Suggested timetable for a mediation session 7. Interpersonal Communication Skills • Introduction • Communication channels • Effective communication • Awareness • Communication skills • Hearing verbal messages • Perceiving non verbal messages • Responding • Verbal and non verbal communication • Body language • Communication barriers • Self awareness • Self esteem • Specific skills: listening, paraphrasing, reflective responses, etc • Conversation development • Professional relationship building Learn more about the course at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Psychology/PSYCHOLOGY-COUNSELLING-BPS102-360.aspx

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