Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

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Course Date: 08 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

How a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour can give us new ways to improve mental health and well-being.


Estimated Workload: 3 hours pw

Course Instructors

Profile Peter Kinderman

Professor of Clinical Psychology & Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health & Society at the University of Liverpool. @peterkinderman www.liv.ac.uk/psychology-health-and-society/staff/peter-kinderman

Course Description

About the course Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems. Students will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health. The course will give students new perspectives on the ‘nature vs nurture’ debate. It will help students understand the ways in which we are affected by life experiences and will discuss new research which promises to help us improve our own mental health and well-being. You can use the hashtag #FLmentalhealth to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course.

Course Workload

3 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

You will be introduced to some important contemporary academic texts based on psychology and sociology.

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