Abnormal Psychology Interactive

Course Synopsis

Abnormal psychology is, perhaps, the branch of psychology that most non-psychologists are aware of through the media and other channels. If you’ve seen TV shows involving psychiatrists or ‘shrinks’, then you’ve come across abnormal psychology in one form or another.

Abnormal psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating abnormal psychological conditions, such as schizophrenia, addiction, eating disorders, amongst many others. But whatexactly defines someone as being ‘abnormal’, and how can psychologists recognise abnormality in a patient? And once recognised, how can this abnormality be treated? The course begins by answering these questions, focusing on the various ways in which someone’s behaviour and emotions can be said to be ‘abnormal’ before moving on to outline the major diagnostic methods that modern psychologists employ. It will also introduce the major models through which abnormality can be explained: the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural models. Following this introduction, we will use these models to examine case studies of three specific abnormal conditions – schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addiction – discussing how such conditions are diagnosed, what causes them, and what the most effective treatments are today.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





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Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying psychology, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological conditions.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand how psychologists diagnose abnormality in a patient
  • To gain awareness of the different models used in the psychology of abnormality
  • To understand the multiple factors that may lead to an abnormal psychological condition

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss with confidence the four major models of abnormal psychology
  • Understand the possible causes of three major abnormal psychological conditions
  • Discuss the multiple causal factors that may lead to an abnormal condition


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Defining Abnormality

1-1.5 hours

The course begins with a look at how abnormality is defined, and how it can be diagnosed in a patient. It then outlines the four major models used by psychologists to explore abnormality: the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural models.

Tutorial 2


1-1.5 hours

Schizophrenia is one of the most well-known abnormal psychological conditions, affecting almost 1 in 100 people at some point in their life. This tutorial examines the possible causes of the disorder, using the models outlined in tutorial 1.

Tutorial 3


1-1.5 hours

Addiction is one of the most widespread abnormal conditions, and can be completely debilitating for both the sufferer and those around them depending on its severity. We focus on addictions to gambling and smoking in this tutorial, once again using our four models to undertake a detailed exploration.

Tutorial 4

Eating Disorders

1-1.5 hours

Eating disorders are our final case study in the course, and entail an analysis of a number of additional factors, particularly the role of the media. We shall examine the diagnosis and causes of such disorders, as well as looking at why more women tend to suffer from the disorder than men.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites An interest and enthusiasm for psychology
It is recommended for students to take this course in conjunction with ORA Prep's Experimental Psychology and Developmental Psychology courses
Course Level This is an area-specific course, designed to introduce students to this field of psychology
Difficulty level: Moderate
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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