Professional Certificate in Abnormal Child Psychology

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

Description:This course aims to give students an overview of the various theoretical approaches to psychopathology and a holistic understanding of the (i) possible cause, (ii) progression, (iii) symptoms & diagnosis and (iv) treatment of different mental disorders. It also looks at ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting to help students better understand the rationale of various existing protocols and policies within the field.

Course Benefits

1. Have a basic understanding of the
different major theoretical approaches to understanding abnormal child psychology
1.1 State and define different theoretical assumptions and approaches (a multidimensional approach) to psychopathology
1.2 Differentiate basic concepts/ principles underpinning these different approaches
Integrate and Apply these approaches flexibly
2. Explain the clinical aspects and application to mental health and ASD, Intellectual Disability, Communication and Learning Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Trauma and Stress-related disorders. 2.1 State the process of clinical assessment and diagnosis within different types of psychopathology.
2.2 Understand the etiology and interventions of various clinical disorders.
3. Learn how research has supported current findings of abnormal child psychology. 3.1 State and understand the rationale behind various ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting.3.2 Understand the application of legal and ethical guidelines on specific case scenarios

Course Outline

  • Abnormal Behavior in Historical Context
  • An Integrative Approach to Psychopathology
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Research in Psychopathology
  • Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor- Related and Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
  • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders
  • Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents
  • Theories and Causes
  • Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Development Disorder)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia
  • Communication and Learning Disorders
  • Conduct Problems
  • Trauma and Stressor related Disorders

Available Course Sessions

Course Date, Time Reg. Closes On
1 31 Aug' 20 to 14 Dec' 20, 6.45pm to 9.45pm 24 Aug' 20 Register Now

Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.