In the Abnormal Psychology course you will learn to identify the categories of psychological disorders and their causes and how they can affect a person’s behaviour.

This course is of benefit to you if you have a keen interest in how the mind works and if you work in a counselling, education, support or youth work role that means you are dealing with clients with a range of behavioural disorders. The course is self-paced to suit your lifestyle.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
  2. Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders
  3. Substance-Related Disorders 
  4. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  5. Mood Disorders
  6. Anxiety Disorders
  7. Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders
  8. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorder
  9. Eating and Sleep Disorders
  10. Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorder
  11. Personality Disorders
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Identify disorders first prevalent under 18 years of age
  • Describe how you would diagnose a case of suspected Autism in a child of 4 years of age
  • Compare and contrast delirium and dementia
  • Distinguish between substance abuse disorders and substance dependence disorders
  • Differentiate between psychotic disorders
  • Distinguish between Unipolar disorders and Bipolar disorders
  • Describe different types of Anxiety Disorders
  • Distinguish between Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
  • Explain the primary criticisms of dissociative identity disorder
  • Provide a diagnosis of a case study and justify your diagnosis
  • Discuss Gender Identity Disorder, Paraphilia’s and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Explain what distinguishes a preference of sexual act or object as a paraphilia
  • Identify Eating Disorders and Sleep Disorders