Certificate in Abnormal Psychology

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Study a range of common psychological disorders

Understand psychological ailments, Aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, and possible treatment options. Whilst the course largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM and ICD, the student is also encouraged to consider issues such as how do we define normality and abnormality, and when is an individual's behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as “normal” in society – and when is it “abnormal”.

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Which course is right for you?

Key benefits

  1. Gain a Certificate in Abnormal Psychology
  2. Debvloped and delivered by a qualified Psychologist
  3. Receive unlimited one-on-one tutor support
  4. Complete online in your own time, at your own pace
  5. Receive a FREE 12 month membership to the International Association for Counselling

This course is for

  • Anybody wanting to expand their current understanding of psychology.
  • Those looking to increase their knowledge of complex psychological issues.
  • People looking to take a career step in the mental care industry.

What our students say

★★★★★ "This course is excellent overall. Help was available when I needed it and the tutor was knowledgeable."
Jodie Burton

★★★★★ "I particularly wanted to do a course on the internet and thought this was a good one to do. Thank you to Maya Light for all her prompt responses and also for making my work so quickly"
Lynn Meredith

Course Summary

Investment:  $495 + GST or only $25 per week with our interest free payment plan.

Assessments: Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Delivery and support: Online with expert tutor support via email or phone.

Duration: 100 hours. Learn at your own pace but ideally complete in 10 weeks.

About the developers: This course has been developed by highly qualified psychologists with many years working experience dealing with abnormal psychology.

Course Level: 4

Meet your tutors

Maya Light

Maya is a provisionally registered clinical psychologist with a genuine passion for her subject. She's had a lifelong thirst for knowledge, and especially to understand how we perceive the world around us. Since achieving her psychology degree in 2007, she has tutored a number of courses for psychology students, and runs workshops and support groups for people with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety and depression.


Tamara has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their goals. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Auckland, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience; and she is planning on pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Tamara loves cooking European food in her free time.


Tara is originally from Ireland, but has been living in Australia and New Zealand for the last few years. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Liverpool John Moore’s University school of Law. She specialised in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, and volunteered with domestic violence charities back in Ireland.

This course covers 11 comprehensive modules:

Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy

  • Criteria for determining abnormality
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Mental Retardation
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Stereotypic Movement Disorder
  • Normal Functioning
  • Depression in Childhood
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Types of Therapy; Adlerian, Behaviour, Existential, Gestalt, Person Centred Therapy, Psycho analysis, Rational Emotive, Reality Therapy, Transactional.

Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders

  • Types of cognitive disorders
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Types of Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Comparing Dementia and Delirium
  • Amnesia
  • Cognitive Disorder NOS
  • Pseudo Dementia
  • Research Methods in Biopsychology

Substance-Related Disorders

  • Scope and nature of Substance Abuse
  • Reasons for Using Drugs
  • Substance Dependence
  • Intoxication and Withdrawal
  • Alcohol Dependence and DT's
  • Substance Dependence
  • Substance Abuse
  • Drug Misuse
  • Classes of Drugs
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Opium and Heroin
  • LSD
  • Other Drugs, steroids, Ritalin, inhalants, etc.
  • Risks with specific drugs
  • Older adults susceptible to Prescription Misuse

Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

  • Scope and nature
  • Psychosis
  • Treating Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective Disorders
  • Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders
  • Onset of Schizophrenia
  • Symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • Treating Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenia and violence
  • Biology of Schizophrenia
  • Antipsychotic Medications
  • Psychosocial Treatments
  • Role of the Patients Support System

Mood Disorders

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Determining Type of Depression
  • Unipolar disorders and bipolar disorders.
  • Risk Factors for Depression
  • Men and Depression
  • Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment
  • Types of Treatment

Anxiety Disorders

  • Scope and Nature
  • Anxiety Symptoms
  • Generalised anxiety disorders
  • Phobic anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Treatments -intervention, drugs, etc.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders

  • Somatisation Disorder
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Pain Disorder
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Factitious Disorders; types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis
  • Munchausen’s Syndrome
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Psychogenic Amnesia
  • Psychogenic Fugue
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Depersonalisation Disorder

Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

  • Scope and Nature
  • Hypoactive Sexual Disorder
  • Sexual Aversion
  • Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
  • Male Erectile Disorder
  • Female and Male Orgasmic Disorders
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Dyspareunia
  • Vaginismus
  • Secondary Sexual Dysfunction
  • Paraphilia
  • Paedophilia
  • Gender Identity Disorder (Transsexualism)

Eating and Sleep Disorders

  • Scope and nature of Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Treatment Strategies
  • Research Findings and Directions
  • Sleep Disorders; scope and nature
  • Treatments for Sleep Apnoea
  • Prognosis for Sleep Apnoea

Impulse-Control Disorders; Adjustment Disorder

  • Symptoms of adjustment disorders
  • Risk Factors for Adjustment Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Kleptomania
  • Pyromania
  • Pathological Gambling
  • Trichotillomania
  • Compulsive Skin Picking

Personality Disorders

  • Scope and Nature of Personality Disorders
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder; symptoms, treatment, research, etc.

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