Introduction to Applied Psychology


Course Aims

  • Learners will be guided through a range of theory which has relevance to their own lives and to the understanding of work practice. The course will also provide a basis for understanding interpersonal behaviour.
  • The link between theory and real-world practice will be emphasised. Learners should demonstrate an awareness of the equality and diversity of people and their rights and responsibilities.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Major Psychological Perspectives:

  • History of Psychology.
  • Research Methods.
  • Features, strengths and weaknesses of psychodynamic, biological,
    cognitive, humanistic and behavioural approaches.

Unit 2: Understanding Behaviour:

  • How psychological perspectives relate to understanding behaviour.
  • How theoretical knowledge and understanding increases effectiveness of
    therapy and intervention.
  • Identify the main therapies and interventions of each perspective.
  • Apply psychological perspectives to understanding maladaptive behaviours.

Unit 3: Application of Psychological Theory to Work Practice:

  • Apply psychological perspectives to specific behaviours, loss, violence and
    addiction, etc.
  • Reasons for challenging behaviours.
  • Coping with challenging behaviour in work settings.
  • Phobias and Phobic Behaviour.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour.
  • Relationship between attitudes and behaviour.
  • Social situations and attitudes and beliefs.
  • How work settings are affected by group influence, prejudice and

Unit 4: Psychological Theory and Behavioural Interventions

  • Role of the Psychologist.
  • Therapeutic interventions, e.g., group therapy, bereavement counselling,
    reminiscence therapy.
  • Behaviour interventions, e.g., aversion therapy, detention, desensitisation,
  • Behaviour Management
  • Stress Management

18 October, Wednesday, 7pm – 10pm, 8 weeks

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