Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Course 3 of 4: Introduction to Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology 7 weeks total 1 – 2 hours each week
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About this course

Have you ever wondered what causes mental illness, or why we react to stress the way we do? Or what to expect as you get older?

Clinical psychology is the study of psychological disorders and the treatments designed to improve the day-to-day lives of people suffering from them. The focus of the course will be on common psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, and the symptoms of each. We will also discuss the underlying role of stress and how it affects people mentally and physically. We will also consider more general issues and theories around personality and intelligence.

You should take this course if you want to better understand psychological disorders and how we can treat them.

What you’ll learn

  • Common psychological disorders including anxiety, mood disorders and Schizophrenia
  • Treatments for psychological disorders
  • How stress affects us and how we cope
  • Theories about personality and intelligence
  • What normal ageing is

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Blake McKimmie

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self.

Nancy Pachana

Professor at The University of Queensland Nancy Pachana is a practising clinical geropsychologist and neuropsychologist. Her research focuses on older adults and spans a range of clinical neuropsychological topics such as anxiety in later life, early assessment of dementia, and improving training in geriatric mental health service provision.

Vanessa Cobham

Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland
Vanessa Cobham is a practising clinical psychologist. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Mater Research Institute and a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in the Children’s Health Queensland Health and Hospital District. Her research focuses on child and adolescent psychopathology, the impact of natural disasters on children, adolescents and families, and the impact of disaster-related post-natal maternal stress on children’s development.
720

Duration

7 Weeks

Experience Level

Introductory

Learning Partner

The University of Queensland

Program Type

XSeries

Subject

Humanities
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