Professional Certificate in Abnormal Psychology

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

This course involves understanding psychological and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, including the definition of normality/abnormality within a historical context, the underlying assumptions on what constitutes “abnormal” mental health, and an understanding of the DSM criteria to classifying psychological and psychiatric disorders. This course provides a brief overview of the major theories in the area as well as some discussions of approaches to the treatment of such disorders.

Course Benefits

Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Have knowledge of what defines abnormality within historical context, legal and ethical issues in psychopathology, concepts of diagnosis, assessments, types of disorders across the lifespan, and the treatment approaches.
  1. Define basic concepts in Abnormal Psychology across the lifespan.
  2. State basic facts associated with definitions, diagnosis, prognosis, assessment and treatment of the different disorders across the lifespan.
  3. State the key legal and ethical issues in mental health services and research.
  • Understand types of disorders across the lifespan and the impact on the affected individuals.
  1. Identify the key characteristics of the various disorders across the lifespan.
  2. Describe the causes, etiology, prognosis and approaches to treatment for disorders found across the lifespan.
  • Apply and analyze the theories and concepts in Abnormal Psychology that are related to diagnosis, causes, etiology and treatment options.
  1. Interpret the presenting issues, assumptions, theories related to these disorders
  2. Discuss the treatment options
  3. Explain how causes of disorders interact and impact on development of disorders.

Course Outline

  • Abnormal Behavior in a Historical Context
  • An Integrative Approach To Psychopathology
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research In Psychopathology & Mental Health Services
  • Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Anxiety, Trauma and Stressor-Related and Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Substance Related, Addictive, and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders

Available Course Sessions

Course Date, Time Reg. Closes On
1 31 Aug' 20 to 02 Nov' 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.