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Psychology, Counselling, Behaviour Courses

Abnormal Psychology - BPS307

What is "Normal" behaviour? 

Why do some people deviate from this?...

Want to learn more?

This course is ideal for:

  • counsellors or support workers (develop ability to distinguish different types of psychological disorder, and determine when to refer clients for treatment). 
  • anyone who wants to understand more about common psychological disorders, their causes and treatment.

Meet one of the Tutors
Tracey Jones - Academic Officer & Tutor (U.K.)
B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies). 18 years experience within the psychology and social work. Book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.


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Adolescent Psychology BPS211

teens

Most of us are aware about the challenges that are faced through adolescence
- but do you really understand them?


Study, Learn and Understand the Adolescent Mind

There are many profound changes occurring during adolescence. 

Adolescence is often a period of crisis for the young person and his or her family; and a proper understanding of the psychological state of change can be very important for anyone dealing with an adolescent person.

Learn how to help the Adolescents in your life...

This is great course for anyone dealing with teens:

  • parents
  • youth workers
  • teachers
  • counsellors.

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Advanced Certificate in Psychology VPS001

This Advanced Certificate Course takes the student deeper into the Mysteries of Psychology.

This course provides the student with foundations in Psychology and Counselling, and allows them to specialise in a range of fascinating modules, such as:

- Life Coaching
- Stress Management
- Child Psychology
- Sports Psychology


This is an excellent course for anyone working in any human service or people management industry; or for the student wanting to progress to further studies in Psychology.

This Advanced Certificate is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.


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Aged Care and Counselling BPS212

Work with the Elderly

As we age we go through a range of different processes. We go through physical changes that usually result in a reduction of mobility and functioning. We also go through mental and emotional changes, such as memory decline, change in lifestyle and residence, loss of partners and friends.

The right support can help people with these challenges as they arise, ensuring comfort, quality of life, and happiness.

This course helps the student to care for elderly people in an effective, understanding way.

A great course for anyone involved with elderly people, formally or informally; from carers and counsellors to health workers.


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Anger Management BPS111

Like many other emotions, it is very difficult to give a precise definition of anger. In general terms, what we can say is that anger is a strong reaction to an array of different situations such as being attacked, being restrained, losing one’s job, and so forth. You can probably think of many other instances which make you angry.

A definition of anger also usually includes physiological reactions to the anger-provoking stimuli. For instance, clenched fists, facial expressions, deep sighs, and so on are all possible physiological reactions.

Most people experience anger at some stage of their life, and this is normal. Other people may experience anger to a greater extent, or more frequently to a point where it becomes debilitating.

Learn to understand anger and explore techniques that can be used to manage anger.

  • Study Anger Management at home
  • Learn about what causes anger to develop
  • Learn ways of reducing or controlling anger
  • Expand your skills as a parent, teacher, manager, counsellor, coach or in any other capacity where anger can become an issue

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Associate Diploma in Psychology VPS010

Start or develop your career in working with People.

Psychology graduates may find work in anything that involves helping or managing people:

  • Counselling or Welfare services
  • Running a business
  • Marketing
  • Teaching, Fitness Leadership, Leisure management, etc.

Learn why we behave as we do in different situations, and how you can use psychology to become a more effective counsellor, social worker, manager, business person, teacher, parent or communicator. This course provides valuable professional development for those who work with people, and a solid introduction to the field of psychology for those interested in this area of study.

Accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council. 


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Biopsychology I - BPS108

Learn about Biopsychology

  • Develop another perspective for counselling, managing or interacting with people 


Discover how a person's physiology can affect their state of mind

Biology and psychology are inextricably linked
- the mind and emotions are affected by the physical body, such as when we eat certain foods, drink alcohol, experience physical pain; and the physical body is affected by our mind and emotions, for example when we are stressed our heart rate can increase, when we are thinking positive thought our imumne system can improve and our heart rate can regulate.

Want to learn more?!! This course will develop your understanding of how a person’s state of mind affects their physical body, and how changes in the physical body affect state of mind and behaviour.

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Biopsychology II BPS204

Learn MORE about how Human Physiology and Anatomy affects your State of Mind


This course builds on Biopsychology I, with further exploration into:

  • Evolution, genetics and experience
  • Research methods in biopsychology
  • Brain damage and recovery from brain damage
  • Drug dependence and the brain
  • Memory
  • Language
Those working or studying in the areas of counselling, psychology or health will benefit from the deeper understanding of the relationship between our physiological condition, our mental condition and our behaviour that this course provides.

ACS student comment: "I am beginning to understand how the brain works, and it is opening up a whole new dimension! Its fantastic."  Yvonne Munshi, South Africa, Bio Psychology course.

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Careers Counselling -BPS202

Help people find their Dream Career - Whilst working in yours!

Develop a meaningful career as a careers counsellor, where you help people align with the right work for them. They say if you love what you do, you never have to work another day in your life... this can be true for you and your clients alike!

This course will help you develop knowledge about Careers, and skills in Counselling. 

A great course for someone who is looking to develop skills to enhance an existing job (counsellor, teacher, etc)... or for someone looking to start a new career.


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Certificate in Children's Health VPS106

Study Children's Health from a Holistic Perspective
~ Physical, Emotional and Psychological

This course is a well-rounded course that allows the student to study many aspects of children's health. A perfect course to learn about how you can best look after YOUR Child. Also and excellent foundation for anyone working with children, such as:

- Childcare workers
- Teachers
- Social Workers
- People wanting to get into Pediatric nursing

There are many worthwhile reasons for studying this course... children are our future, and it is vital that we care for them and nurture them the very best we can.


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Certificate in Counselling (VPS005)

Become a Counsellor

Study Counselling and Psychology to develop the skills and knowledge to become a counsellor. This course includes foundation subjects in Counselling and Psychology, as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas such as:
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Careers Counselling
  • Grief Counselling
  • Stress Management

 

A qualification accredited by International Accreditation & Recognition Council

 

Become a member of the Complementary Medicine Association

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Certificate in Life Coaching VPS006

Start Your Business as a Life Coach

We can help you.

A life coach is a person who supports others through the processes of finding a way past their perceived or real limitations and taking responsibility for achieving valued goals. This course will develop your ability to facilitate that kind of change in others so that they can achieve practical outcomes. 

This is a comprehensive Certificate level course that will allow the student to practice as a Life Coach, gain professional insurance, a become a member of the Association for Coaching. 

Enroll in this qualification today, and study at home by distance education

 IARC Accredited


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Certificate in Mental Health Support VPS026

Are you supporting people dealing with Mental Health issues?
... and need to learn more?

This course is for you if you are in a support role for people dealing with mental health issues - whether in a personal or professional capacity. If you are looking to get into Mental Health Support work, this is a great place to start. 

It is estimated 1 in 3 adults will experience mental health illness at some point in their lives.

Do you know how to help?

 


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Certificate in Occupational Psychology VPS022

Occupational Psychology - Improve the Wellbeing of your Staff and Business
Learn skills to use in your own, or somebody else's business

Occupational Psychology is concerned with the psychology of work - aiming to realise people's potential in the workplace whilst improving profitability.

Occupational Psychology aims to understand how an organisation and the people within it function, in order to develop an efficient, effective, and enjoyable workplace. 

Occupational Psychology may include:
  • Personnel management and recruitment
  • Supervision and staff mentoring
  • Careers counselling
  • Stress management
  • Business consultation
  • Leadership training
  • Motivation
Sound like the course for you? 

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Certificate in Psychological Science VPS027

Understand Psychology from a Scientific Perspective

The focus of this course is on the study of psychology as a science. It examines how the brain works at a biological level and looks at theories of psychology.

Psychology is a fascinating discipline that is intrinsically related to most industries as well as situations and interactions - wherever people are involved, so is psychology.

Having an understanding of psychology can:
- help in existing employment,
- demonstrate a depth of understanding to future employers,
- help with day to day interactions, can lead to further academic studies,
- .... and more - the opportunities and applications are endless.

 


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Certificate in Psychology - VPS002

Be Fascinated by Psychology

This course is aimed at those who wish to gain a good insight into psychology. It is a foundation course that can be used to apply to a range of professional and personal situations, as well as lead into higher level studies in Psychology. 

Comment from one of our Psychology Certificate Students
I feel that over the duration of the course I gained a lot of knowledge and practical strategies that will be beneficial to me, and those I deal with personally and professionally. The course exceeded my expectations significantly. (Rachel)


IARC Accredited

 

 


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Certificate in Youth Work VPS121

Become a Youth Worker

Youth work is an important job in our society. Youth work is work that is done with young people that aims to positively impact on them. It can include a range of different activities, programmes, services or support, and can be conducted in a variety of different settings. Depending on the youth work roles, there will be a variety of aims and objectives.

Here are some examples of youth work (there are many more):

  • Conduct activities to re-engage disengaged youths into educational activities,
  • Developing students with low self-esteem by conducting outdoor adventure activities,
  • Conduct team building activities to develop social and relationship-building skills,
  • Working within residential care facilities to support homeless youths get their lives back on track
  • Working within an educational setting to develop literacy skills,
  • Teaching disadvantaged youths practical skills to develop their life-skills and work opportunities.

This course will teach you the fundamental skills that you will use as a Youth Worker.

HOW WILL YOU HELP YOUNG PEOPLE?


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Child Psychology - BPS104

How Well Do You Understand Children?

Child psychology is concerned with the development of a person over the course of their childhood. This involves the development of a child's mental processes (ie. cognitive development); emotional behaviour, and social behaviour. 

Learn how children develop psychologically as they grow, and what factors (such as learning, parenting styles, einforcement, and genetic makeup) influence their behaviour and thinking.  

A great course for ANYONE who wants to understand children better:
- Parents
- Teachers
- Child Care Workers
- Carers
- Counsellors
- ... and more

 


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Conflict Management - BPS201

Help People Resolve Conflict

Conflict caused by differing viewpoints may lead to harsh and painful situations, or it can be transformed into creative and productive dialogue. 

How we manage conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments.

Develop your ability to assist with negotiation or mediation in group conflicts. Develop an understanding of the nature of conflict, the importance of listening skills, and the use of resolution techniques such as negotiation, mediation and facilitation.

 


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Counselling Skills II - BPS110

Learn a variety of micro-skills and how to combine them  in the counselling process. 

This course is ideal for those who have already gained the basic counselling skills covered in Counselling Skills I, and want to further develop their ability to counsel others.

If we focus on the present rather than the past (which we have no control over) or the future (which we have little control over), we can make better choices. This does not mean that the client should not consider the past or the future, but rather that they do so in light of the present which should be given a far greater weighting. This is one of the principles of Gestalt therapy. The counsellor should encourage the client when talking about past unpleasant experiences to vocalize how it makes them feel in the present. By experiencing their feelings the client should hopefully be able to find ways to deal with them, and perhaps reduce them or rid themselves of them.

This course is beneficial for anyone in "helping services"...

  • community service workers
  • counsellors
  • emergency services
  • health professionals
  • life, health, and wellness coaches
  • .... and more

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Counselling Skills l - BPS109

Lay a Foundation to work in Counselling


Many people go through times when they find their lives overwhelming or distressing. This may be due to bereavement, illness, family crisis, relationship breakdown and so on. They may find it hard to cope or not have the resources to deal with the problem.

Counselling can help them to retain their self-sufficiency, build better relationships and help them to make and act on their choices. Before moving on to specific skills, it is important to just repeat what counselling is.

 

Counselling means different things to different people. It is not a get well quick option, offering quick answers, but is asking the person to engage in a process and an exploration. There are many definitions of counselling. A simple version is that counselling is a working relationship where the client is helped to manage what is happening in their life and to explore their life. It is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people the ability to change how they live and feel. The aim of counselling is to provide the client with a more satisfying experience of life. Everyone has different needs, so counselling can be concerned with many different aspects of a person’s life.

Develop your ability to support or counsel others through the processes of personal growth and change.
This course introduces you to the kinds of problems and issues that a person might face in overcoming stresses and limiting attitudes. You will learn about the counsellor's role and the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills; these can also be effectively applied to many situations. Also recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner.
Pre-requisite: "Introduction to Psychology" or the equivalent.

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Counselling Techniques - BPS206

Which theories have had a lasting affect on modern counselling and pscyhotherapy? Which techniques are best suited to different kinds of counseling situations? Learn about the major theoretical approaches to counselling and their application to the counselling process.

Modern psychoanalytic psychotherapy differs from traditional psychoanalysis in several ways:

  • There is less of a focus on dream and fantasy material, and more of a focus on practical elements of the client’s life
  • They tend not to use the traditional therapist’s couch
  • There are a lesser number of sessions
  • The therapist is more active in terms of self-disclosure and the use of minimal responses
  • There is less of an accent on restructuring personality and more of a focus on finite objectives.
This course does not recommend one technique over an other; rather, it makes the student aware of different types of therapy that can be used to help clients. If you are a counsellor or want to be one, this is an indispensible part of your training or professional development.

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Criminal Psychology BPS309

INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIME, THIS IS THE COURSE FOR YOU!

Suitable for anyone who works within criminal justice, such as police, social workers, court workers, solicitors, lawyers, probation workers or anyone with an interest in the psychology of crime.

Extract from the course notes -

How do people become psychopaths?

Research has suggested that psychopaths with lower intelligence or a poor education are more likely to end up in prison than psychopaths with higher intelligence. Researchers involved with psychopaths will often note that they lack emotional insight, but when they have a history of criminal behaviour ,they do not seem to learn from that experience, just think up ways to avoid getting caught. So it appears that psychopaths with lower intelligence are less likely to be able to think of ways to avoid getting caught.

In childhood, some theorise that the child is not able to learn right from wrong. The parents become angry and frustrated and try to shield the child from the consequences of their behaviour, trying to educate the child about right and wrong. The child is always in trouble and does not appear to be able to learn. Some parents may feel that the child will eventually understand, but if they don’t the parents may resort to punishment. This is the worst thing that the parent can do, what the child really requires is training in choices, consequences and supervision.

There has also been suggestions that there is a genetic link to the psychopathic personality. Psychopaths appear to lack the ability to feel what others do, the physical sensation of guilt. They may feel anger, sadness or fear, but not guilt for what they have done. Some theorists believe that sexually promiscuous psychopaths who are able to live off other people are survivors and may represent one of the genes for survival in humans.

Other research has shown that adult psychopaths do not benefit from counseling and therapy and may in fact commit further crimes more quickly and again because of it.

Brain scan research has shown that the brains of psychopaths functions and processes information differently. One piece of research showed dead bodies from car accidents to psychopaths and found that they remained calm, whereas other people were clearly upset. They do not appear to use their brain in the same way that others do, suggesting they are physically different to “normal” people.


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Crisis Counselling BPS304

Study, Learn, Prepare to better understand the demands of Counselling people in a Crisis Situation

In the wake of critical incidents, communities and individuals may be ill-equipped to cope with the aftermath of a catastrophic situation. So survivors may struggle to regain control of their lives, when friends or family may be injured, dying or dead or missing. Others may be traumatised by events and need support and personal care for months and years to come. The true extent of a traumatic situation may never be fully known. Psychological reactions are common and fairly predictable and CISD can be a useful tool following a traumatic event.

Critical Incident Stress debriefing (CISD) is highly significant to the fields of traumatic stress and emergency responses throughout the world. It has been used by emergency response personnel, disaster counsellors, American Red Cross workers, mental health workers, and so on.

CISD was originally developed to mitigate stress responses among people who were the first to respond to emergency situations. CISD can help disaster victims.

Develop your ability to effectively counsel and assist clients in times of crisis. This course provides those already in the counselling or helping industries with knowledge and skills to give specialised counselling, and will contribute to comprehensive counselling training for those wishing to work in this field.

ACS student Comments:
"[This course] enhances my skills in my job in the disability field. One of the most pleasing things about ACS, is the flexibility it does allow in the way that you can lay out your assignments. They are not pedantic about little issues; but [instead focus on] the core learning that you have gained." Darrell Blackman, Australia - Crisis Counselling course.

"It has been helpful. ..... informative and easy to read/understand. For a correspondence course it is suitable and encourages me to want to further my studies with crisis counseling." Sandi Mäki-Soini, Finland - Crisis Counselling course.

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Developmental Psychology - BPS210

Online Learning -Study and Learn about Child Behaviour

Want to learn more about this and the theory of how we develop, then take this course!!!

Develop an understanding of how human psychology changes throughout a person's life. This course provides insights and a foundation for greater empathy; and is equally appropriate for a professional (eg. Counsellor, Manager, Supervisor etc) or for anyone simply wishing to better understand their friends, family and self.

Play is not an idle past time for children; in fact, it is essential to a full and balanced development of the person. Moreover, child therapists claim that play can be a very healthful way for children to deal with stress, which explains the use of dolls and toys during remedial therapy. Play can represent a kind of language that the child uses, in place of verbal language that has not fully developed. Anyone who frequently deals with children should encourage a variety of play, and should be receptive to what the child is learning through play; or even what message the child is trying to convey though play


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Diploma in Counselling and Psychology - VPS007

If you want to become a counsellor, this course is for you!!
An excellent training program for anyone seeking a solid qualification in counselling.
As such, it contains a practical element that not only complements the theory, but also prepares the student for real-life counselling situations. Elective subjects help to broaden the student’s knowledge of other relevant areas of interest.

It is anticipated that graduates of this course will seek probationary employment in counselling or a related field.

ACS is endorsed by the Complimentary Medicine Association, for expertise in the area of Counselling. 
Enroll in this qualification today, and study at home, by e-learning


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Educational Psychology -BPS105

LEARN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Understand how people of any age learn.

What is educational psychology? From a literal standpoint, one could argue that the study of learners, learning and teaching, is all subsumed under the heading ‘educational psychology’. For those who wish to adopt the principles of educational psychology in an educational setting, this definition can be expanded to include the knowledge, wisdom and everyday theory that every teacher requires in order to resolve the dilemmas that occur teaching on a daily basis.


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Family Counselling BPS213

Learn to manage family problems.

Develop a better understanding of family Dynamics, and a capacity to analyze and facilitate solutions to problems that emerge in modern families.

What is a family? It is usually a group people who live together forming a social group. It usually consists of the parent(s) and their children, living together. The members of the group are usually related by marriage, blood or adoption. However, in modern society, there are many different variations of family, to represent the different ways that families and society have changed. The family is still the basic unit within society.

Within the life cycle of a family, many different crises can occur. The type of crises that occurs can depend on the family, where they are living, the time in which they are living, how religious they are, their class, education and so on and so on. In other words, there are many different factors that affect how a family cope with different situations and whether crises occur.

A crisis is a period of transition in the life of the individual, family or group, presenting individuals with a turning point in their lives, which may be seen as a challenge or a threat, a "make or break" new possibility or risk, a gain or a loss, or both simultaneously. Most crises are part of the normal range of life experiences that most people can expect, and most people will recover from crisis without professional intervention. However, there are crises outside the bounds of a person's everyday experience or coping resources which may require expert help to achieve recovery.

This is where a counsellor can be an essential part of the families growth and coping strategy.


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Grief Counselling BPS209

What is grief, why is it healthy and normal, and how can you help someone suffering grief? 

ACS student comment: "Being able to apply myself to distance education for the topic that interests me has been invaluable. Living in a remote area has a number of disadvantages. The lack of access to continuing education is one of great importance. Successfully completing the Grief Counselling course has enabled me to think ahead and possibly attempt future studies on this much needed issue." Mary Ann Cohen, Australia, Grief Counselling course.

Grief is a term used to describe all the thoughts, behaviour and feelings that occur after someone goes through a bereavement. A bereavement is any event that includes a loss. We may experience loss through the death of someone close to us, or a relationship breakdown, divorce, theft, a disability, illness, miscarriage and so on.

There is no “right” way to respond to a death, people will cope with a death in their own way. The way they respond will be affected by their relationship with the person who has died, their own upbringing, their previous reactions to losses, their other relationships etc.

Holidays, anniversaries, Christmas and so on can be difficult times for the bereaved, as they can remind us of the person they have lost. Grief can be worse at these times of year. There is no single way to grieve. Everyone is different and each person grieves in his or her own way. However, some stages of grief are commonly experienced by people when they are bereaved.

Everyone suffers grief at some stage; and for some helping others deal with grief can be a significant part of their job.

This course provides a sound basis for understanding and working with grief, as a counsellor or in any other capacity where such an understanding is required.


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Industrial Psychology - BPS103

Study Occupational Psychology at home

  • Why do some people work better than others?
  • Why do the interelationships and dynamics within a work place keep changing?
  • How can staff be better managed to achieve a happier and more productive workplace?

This course helps develop knowledge and skills for anyone involved in workplace situations. Learn about the thought processes that lead to people at work being motivated, learning skills, being productive; or not performing well at all. Develop a foundation for understanding people at work, whether employees or employers, and through this foundation a basis for better performance as a manager, supervisor, or even just as an employee.


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Introduction to Psychology - BPS101

Psychology is an increasingly popular subject for students to study. There are so many different options from which to continue after completing a psychology course.

There are many different areas of psychology, such as educational psychology, occupational psychology, criminological and legal psychology, psychology teaching and research. Each of these fields have different opportunities within them.

This course will also benefit prople in a wide variety of careers that aren't strictly in the area of Psychology, such as:

  • Teachers/Child Care workers
  • Fitness and Health professionals
  • Parents
  • Police/Emergency Services
  • Retail
  • Business/Management/marketing
  • Human Resources
  • ..... The list goes on

Comment from a student in this course:
Being based at home, it has meant that I have been able to study something that I have wanted to do for a long time without having to worry about childcare etc.  (Louise)

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Life Coaching - BPS305

ACS student comment: "I am enjoying it, as with a great deal of adult learning I am confirming things that I know, learning new ones and disputing things that I THOUGHT I knew!!!! Well worth the doing. Mind you I have the course with me all the time as by opting for the CD version I have it loaded onto my HTC phone and can read and write at any 'spare point'. IDEAL for me!" Jane Hurst, UK, Life Coaching course.

People may contact a life coach for very different reasons: to help them make better financial or career decisions; to get them motivated; to help them overcome feelings of frustration, helplessness, or lack of confidence; to help them manage personal relationships; to help them develop practical life skills. However, the reasons for contacting a life coach may not be the primary issues that are causing the client distress or dissatisfaction, and much of the life coach’s work will be to lead the client on a journey of self-discovery.

Like all inner journeys, life coaching must begin with the client’s present situation and the many internal and external influences upon it. Life coaching begins with working with the client to understand where the person is at, psychologically, physically, financially and interpersonally. Only after obtaining a more accurate, clear picture of the client’s Present can both client and life coach identify elements in the client’s Past that may be hindering growth in any particular area, and plan strategies for the client’s Future that will encourage and nurture progress.

This course will enable people in health, fitness, counselling, social work etc to help others set and achieve life goals. Develop an appreciation of how different perceptions of the world can be just as critical as knowledge, skill and opportunity in a person's success or failure. The course also covers such things as coaching processes, coahing skills and goal setting; and is equally relevant to developing both physical and psychological well being in the client.

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Marketing Psychology - BPS107

Why do people choose to buy something? What influences their thinking to decide one way rather than another? Develop your ability to understand how an understanding of Psychology can be applied to marketing.

Market segmentation focuses on the consumer end of the market. It breaks away from the old-fashioned view that consumers were one large undifferentiated market. Instead it focuses on target groups. Segmentation is the backbone of the marketing concept.

Once a niche in the market has been identified, a product can be positioned in the market place.

Today marketers are able to target their market segment and send personalised communications. This is known as a segment of one and is a return to producer-consumer relations that existed prior to mass production.

Learn about this and more with our Marketing Psychology course.


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Multicultural Awareness BPS303

Learn about Different Cultures

  • Understand how refugees, immigrants, and people from other cultures think about their adopted homes

Cultural diversity refers to the differences between human communities based on differences in their ideologies, values, beliefs, norms, customs, meanings and ways of life – in other words, differences based on cultural differences.

These differences are expressed and exemplified in social practices, attitudes and values, family interactions and expectations, values concerning education, ways of defining and treating health (physical and mental), business and management behaviours and practices, political practices, and our interpersonal relations. This course will develop your sensitivity to culture, diversity and multicultural societies, and improve your capacity to interact with people on multicultural issues


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Neuropsychology -BPS306

Learn Neuropsychology Online

Ever wondered

  • how does the brain work?
  • How do you see, smell and hear
  • How do you think and speak?

All of these mysteries are uncovered in this introductory course.

Neuropsychology is an interdisciplinary subject, a mixture of psychology and neuroscience. It aims to understand how the function and structure of the brain relates to human and animal behaviour and psychological processes. Neuropsychology uses scientific methods and in common with cognitive psychology and cognitive science, it shares the information processing view of the mind.

This online course covers: 

Foundations of Neuropsychology, Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Laterality and Callosal Syndromes , Cognition, Personality and Emotion, Perception Disorders, Motor Disorders, Language, Dementia and Neurodevelopment.


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Professional Practice in Counselling - BPS207

Develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. You also gain knowledge of the self, personality and emotions and their effect on the counselling process.  Learn about -  ETHICS

Part of a counsellor’s training as already mentioned is becoming aware of their own needs so that they realize to what extent these needs can interfere with the counselling process. The counsellor should constantly be checking themselves by querying whose needs are being met…their own or those of the client.

It is not unethical that the counsellor’s personal needs are met within their professional practice, but the meeting of these needs should be kept in perspective. Needs should not be met at the expense of clients. Clients must never be exploited.

It is the duty of the professional counsellor to confront their own prejudices and vulnerabilities and so increase their self-awareness of their own problems by working through them.

By taking this route the counsellor will be less likely to project them onto their clients. If during the counsellor’s practising, old issues that were never fully resolved are brought back to the fore then it is the duty of the counsellor to seek therapy in order that they can resolve them.


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Professional Supervision BPS301

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE
- PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION
 Graduate comment: The course was a valuable learning experience because it challenged my thinking regarding the application of supervision and how to apply supervision to different professions. The course exceeded my expectations, in particular because it explored other aspects of supervision such as burn-out, professionalism, ethics and legal concerns. The course has a very comprehensive approach to supervision, which makes for a more rounded supervisor. Allan M Eno MSc (Hons) Degree, Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Harley St, London - UK, Professional Supervision course.
 
For the past 20 years or so, the concept of supervision in the helping professions has been under scrutiny. The field of supervision has consequently been reviewed and revised to determine consistent philosophies across the board, and to explain exactly what is meant by supervision and what its central values and aims are. The defining philosophies for the practice of supervision are to be found in the Standards for Supervision and the Curriculum Guide for Counselling Supervision.
Before considering supervision, it is important to understand certain terms. A practitioner is used to refer to someone who provides counselling or psychotherapy-related services. A practitioner also includes anyone taking on the role of counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer, educator or supervisor. The term “client” is a term referring to the recipient of any services. The client may be an individual, family, group or couple. Different terms may be used for the client and the practitioner in different contexts.

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Psychological Assessment BPS308

Psychological tests assess and evaluate information that is given to the examiner by the client. This information is in the form of answers to interview questions or as answers on paper—or on a computer—to specific questions. Ultimately, a test’s accuracy depends on how carefully and seriously the client answers the questions they are asked.

A psychological assessment is when a skilled psychologist uses the techniques and tools of psychology to learn general or specific facts about another person, either to inform others how they function or to predict their behaviour and functioning in the future.

Assessment is usually for the point of diagnosis or classification. That is, placing a person into a loosely or strictly defined category of people. This allows us to understand what they are like in general and assess the presence of other relevant characteristics based on people similar to them.

This course will help you to -

  • learn to determine why and when to use psychological assessment
  • develop an understanding of the different types of assessment available (eg. Behavioural Assessment, Wechsler Inteligence and Memory Scales, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, etc).

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Psychology & Counselling - BPS102

According to the World Health Organisation, 25% of people will develop a mental or behavioural disorder during their life-span. While most individuals develop methods of coping with stress, some develop unhealthy defence mechanisms and behavioural patterns which interfere with their daily life. Others suffer mental breakdowns in response to too much stress. The most common physical disorders are depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, mental retardation, substance abuse disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescents. Abnormal psychology is concerned with the study of maladaptive or abnormal behaviour and the classification and prognosis of such maladjusted behaviour.   

This course will help you to develop your ability to analyse psychological conditions, and apply that knowledge in counselling, or advisory situations.

Comments from ACS student: 

"The notes and study tools encourage me to conduct research to develop my knowledge of components in my course. It is very worthwhile. [My tutor] gives me good feedback and food for thought with her comments and sometimes elaborates on my answers - really value her input. Larissa Kalnins, Aust - Psychology & Counselling course.

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Psychopharmacology BPS302

The history of drugs is shrouded in the beginnings of the human race. Alcohol was made, drunk, and used to excess as far back as memory and records go. Tobacco (Nicotiana), hemp (Cannabis sativa), opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), and other plants containing drugs have been chewed and smoked almost as long as alcohol, and coffee has been served in the Middle East throughout that area's history.

“Drugs” is a word used by the medical profession to refer to medicines that can cure or arrest disease or alleviate symptoms, ease pain or provide other benefits. Powerful drugs may have side effects, but commonly used drugs with less potential to harm can be sold over the counter. More powerful drugs often require a medical practitioner’s prescription. Another definition of drugs is those substances upon which a person may become dependent. These range from mild stimulants eg. Caffeine, to powerful drugs that alter mood and behaviour. The term “drug” is therefore any substance which is psychoactive – that is, mind altering.

Develop your skills in understanding the effects of legal, illegal and prescribed drugs on the mind, body and behaviour. Topics covered include stimulants, narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana, steroids, alcohol, tobacco, caffine, solvents, sedatives, prescription drugs, etc.


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Relationship Communication Counselling - BPS208

Many of us wear a number of different hats – we are partner (husband/wife), daughter, son, mother, father, uncle, aunty, sister, brother, friend, colleague etc. We are also members of a number of different groups – work, sports team, local community group, political group, fire and rescue volunteer, advisory committee, advocacy panel etc.

It is a well known fact that depending on which hat or group we are involved in at the time, we will communicate differently. The reasons for this are obvious, for example when considering that as a mother or father, you may be coaching the local little league. You don’t speak using the same words, tone of voice, or facial expressions in this context, as you would when attending a business meeting where you are the president, and must lead the attendees through an agenda bound, stable, and time limited meeting. Our roles determine the level of communication (relating style) we will use.

Develop your understanding of the role communication plays in creating, maintaining or destroying relationships, and your ability to assist others to improve their relationships communications.
This course is useful both for those who work in counselling, to people who manage relationships in a work place (eg. supervisors of work teams), or individuals who simply seek to better understand the dynamics of relationships between people in every day life.

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Social Psychology BPS205

Study Social Psychology

  • Learn how society affects your state of mind, and how your state of mind affects society
  • Develop skills that can be applied to work with people in counselling, education, welfare and other professions
  • Improve your career prospects

Man is a social animal, and as such, it is very important to understand the psychology of how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than as an individual. By understanding the "natural" social needs of a person, you can develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions


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Sports Psychology - BPS106

Develop your skills and application of psychological principles for use in sports. Learn about such things as psychological traits common to successful athletes, ways to maintain and increase motivation, leadership, aggression and team dynamics. 

LEARN ABOUT - Competitive anxiety is a state of anxiety, stress and arousal that can occur when athletes are taking part in sports. This can negatively affect their performance. Drive Theory – Clark Hull (1943) argued that is an athlete is appropriately skilled, then it will help them to perform well if their drive to win is aroused, they are “psyched up”.  Zajonc (1965) also suggested Drive Theory as an explanation of audience effect. The audience effect is when the presence of a passive audience facilitates a better performance in a task, or inhibits a performance in a task. For example, a professional car driver – his/her dominance response is to drive well. So in the presence of an audience, his/her dominant response is facilitated by the audience so they will perform better in front of an audience. A learner driver has a dominant response of driving poorly, the presence of an audience will facilitate this, so they will drive worse than usual. Drive theory argues that other people are unpredictable, so a person performing a task doesn’t know what others are going to do in response. So it is a clear advantage to the species for the presence of another to lead us into a state of arousal. Increased arousal is therefore a response to social presence. This arousal creates a “drive” in us causing us to enact behaviours that are our dominant responses in a particular situation. Our dominant response is therefore the most likely response given the skills we use.

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Stress Management VPS100

A stressor is any thing that causes a person stress. Each of us have different stressors, what one person considers stressful another may consider challenging, or unimportant. Our goals, our lifestyle, our beliefs, perceptions, personality, family and friend supports and attitudes together determine what we individually find stressful. If a person believes that they must make a lot of money to be successful, then their bank account may be a stressor, however someone who places less value on money is less likely to be bothered by their account balance as readily. The big C's of urban stress are: Controls, Complexity, Competition and Computers. For many of us the hours we work, how we perform tasks, how we organize our day even how we dress is controlled by an employer. The tasks we must perform at work, interacting with new technologies, different world regions, over increasingly diverse job requirements, along with the balancing of work and family life are all issues of great complexity that cause most people some degree of stress. The competitive nature of business, competition for a job, promotion, partner, for your car space, when purchasing a home, between family members and friends is another major source of stress for many people.

Stress is common, and a serious issue in many parts of the world. It is often  anavoidable; but Stress can be managed and its impact greatly minimized in many different ways. This course helps you  to understand stress, its nature, causes and treatments.

 


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Weight Loss Consultant Course BRE307

Study online to be a Weight Loss Consultant

Obesity is a world-wide epidemic. There is currently a real need for weight loss consultants to support people on their weight loss journey.

Work in this BOOMING industry.

As well as teaching you skills to work as a weight loss consultant, this course also gives an insight into the practical business aspects to consider.

Throughout this course we shall examine how to set up effective weight loss services and provide you with the knowledge and skills to support these services.

When deciding on a weight reduction venture it is important to consider where your interests lie and also how much autonomy you wish to have. Depending on your specific interests you may wish to advise people individually at home or in a clinic environment, or may prefer to offer group meetings where you have complete control over session plans and delivery or alternatively you may wish to join a weight reducing business as an employee or franchise holder. 


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