Psychology, Counselling, Behaviour Courses

Abnormal Psychology - BPS307

Understand Mental Health Disorders

Mental health problems are sometimes considered a 'silent epidemic' because they are not always as obvious as physical ailments. Many people experience mental health issues over the course of their lifetime, and about one in five will have a mental health disorder at some point. The most widely occurring mental health disorders are mood disorders and anxiety disorders of which there are many variations, but there are also many more. Study this course to learn more about different types of mental health disorder, their signs and symptoms, possible causes and course, and interventions which can help.   This course is ideal for:

  • Psychologists 
  • Counsellors
  • Other health care professionals
  • Anyone who works with people and 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), Dip.SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies). 18 years experience within the psychology and social work field. 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

Study Adolescent Psychology and develop an understanding of teenage development. 
  • Learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes faced by teenagers.
  • Understand different causes of behaviour.
  • Through your understanding develop your ability to support and guide adolescents.

Changes brought about by adolescence can create great feelings of isolation in teenagers. Anxiousness, anxiety, and confusion about themselves can give rise to them engaging in risky behaviours, or they may become withdrawn and shut themselves off.

  • Studying and understanding the developmental processes, will give students the knowledge to see how things might or can go wrong.
  • Through their studies, students will develop a clear understanding of changes and issues which can affect adolescents and how they might be resolved. 
This course is suited to:
  • Youth workers.
  • Teachers.
  • Counsellors.
  • Health care professionals.
  • Parents and foster parents.

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Advanced Certificate in Abnormal Psychology VPS051

Learn to Understand and Help People with Behavioural Issues

People with behavioural issues will often disrupt the groups they inhabit - families, social groups, or workplaces. There are usually reasons behind their issues, and understanding those reasons is the first step to dealing with the disruption. It is important to recognise that it is not the person who is causing inconvenience, but the illness.

This course helps you to understand a range of mental illnesses, how they manifest in people from children through to adults, and how to address the behavioural issues which they lead to. In doing so, the course helps students to develop a profound understanding of mental health and illness, and is of value to people who work in the caring professions.

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Advanced Certificate in Applied Mental Health

Learn about Mental Health

Mental illness is a serious issue - sometimes related to a genetic condition or disease, but all too often related to the individual's personal circumstances, problems or stress that has become such a common part of modern living.

This course provides you with a deeper understanding of mental illness, different types of mental health disorder, signs and symptoms, their origins and course, and helps you towards a better capacity to manage psychological wellbeing in others.


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Advanced Certificate in Psychology VPS001

An Advanced Study Course to Learn Psychology In-depth This course covers a range of psychology modules many of which are comparable to first year psychology degree modules, but it also includes counselling studies. As such, it can be considered a broad-based introduction to the fields of psychology and counselling.

The structure comprises two compulsory core modules in 'Introduction to Psychology' and 'Psychology & Counselling'.  There is also a one hundred hour research project.  Following these foundation studies students are able to specialise in a range of fascinating modules, such as:

    Biopsychology Stress Management Child Psychology Psychopharmacology
This is an excellent course for anyone working in the caring professions or related industries, or for the student wanting to progress to further studies in psychology.

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Advanced Certificate in Social Science VPS050

Learn and Work in Social Welfare

Explore ways to work in the welfare sector:

  • helping people to cope with difficult circumstances
  • assisting people to find solutions where solutions have been difficult to find
  • resetting a damaged mindset
  • moving beyond what may have seemed impossible problems

Society has always had problems. Problems change, but there are always some who need assistance from others, and the knowledge you derive from this course will expand your capacity to do just that.

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Aged Care and Counselling BPS212

Work with the Elderly The population of elderly people within most Westernised countries has risen successively for several generations. The average life expectancy is now higher than ever. As more people live longer lives, there is a greater need for services and products to assist the elderly.

Aging involves changes. As we age we go through physical changes that usually result in a reduction of mobility and functioning. Senses like eyesight and hearing may become less acute. We also go through mental and emotional changes which can include memory decline and slowness of thought and responses. Some people are unfortunately affected by age related illnesses such as dementia. There are also often changes in lifestyle and place of residence, and loss of partners and friends. Grief may be a burden that many elderly people bear. Changes associated with aging can present challenges for many and often support is needed to help these people to cope.

Study this course to learn about:

    The aging process - physical, cognitive, emotional changes Lifestyle effects - retirement, grief & loss, changing relationships Counselling strategies - dealing with loss, dementia, aging
The right support can help people with these challenges as they arise, ensuring comfort, quality of life, and happiness. Discover how to care for elderly people in an effective, understanding way.

This course is suited to anyone involved with elderly people - carers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, health workers.  It may also be of benefit to anyone caring for an elderly person such as a family member or friend.

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Anger Management BPS111

Understand the Anger Response 

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

  • Learn about what causes anger to develop.
  • Learn ways of reducing or controlling anger.
  • Expand your skills in anger management as a counsellor, psychologist, caring. professional, teacher, manager, coach or even as a parent.
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 stimulus. For instance, increased heart rate, rapid breathing and sweating are all possible reactions. There are also behavioural responses like clenched fists, facial expressions, deep sighs, and so on. 

Everyone experiences anger in some situations and this is normal. Some people may experience anger to a greater extent than others, and for a few experiencing anger may be frequent and intense so that it becomes debilitating. Understanding how we respond to anger is one of the ways we can learn to combat it.

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Anxiety Management BPS224

Learn to Manage Anxiety and Panic

This course will teach you to -

  • recognise the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic
  • develop anxiety management plans
  • understand use alternative ways to reduce anxiety and panic

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Applied Psychology 2500 hour Learning Bundle

Become an expert in Human Behaviour

This course begins by changing your understanding and perception of psychology; and finishes by setting you on a course to applying that knowledge and awareness beyond study and for your life that follows. 

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Biopsychology I - BPS108

Learn About the Brain and Behaviour

Biological psychology, or biopsychology, is concerned with understanding behaviour through physiological processes. That is, how complex psychological processes like thought, memory, language and perception can be produced by activity in the brain. It examines the relationship between the brain and the mind through the effects of drugs on behaviour, brain damage, causes of mental illness and many other issues.  

Discover how the brain influences the world we experience

In this course on the study of the biology of behaviour, students learn how biology and psychology are inextricably linked. Discover how our awareness, perceptions and emotions are affected by our brains.

This course would benefit anyone working in different fields of psychology, anatomy, physiology, or medical professions. It works through brain anatomy and physiology explaining how the central nervous system works and covers neurotransmitters, hormones, consciousness and perception. Take this course to enhance your understanding of what it means to be human and to help you work out your own philosophy on life.

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Biopsychology II BPS204

Learn About the Relationship Between the Brain & Behaviour at a Deeper Level

This course goes into greater depth on types of brain damage, the effects of drugs on the central nervous system, and localisation of memory and language. 

This course builds on our Biopsychology I course, 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

Unless you have previously studied some biological psychology it is recommended you take our Biopsychology I course first. 

This course is suited to: 

Those working or studying in the areas of counselling, psychology, medicine or health. It may complement studies in related fields such as neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, neuropathology, psychopharmacology, and physiology. Students taking this course will benefit from the deeper understanding of the relationship between our physiology, mental states and 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, Biopsychology course.

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Careers Counselling -BPS202

Help People Find their Dream Career - Whilst Working in Yours!

Many people want a career, but they don't always know what career or how to go about getting it. This is where the careers counsellor comes in. Careers counsellors serve as the link between the industry and the employee. They are able to advise people what they should do, and how to set about doing it, to secure a position in their preferred profession.

Help others reach their potential  

Assisting people to find a career which is fulfilling for them is very rewarding. As a careers counsellor you can develop a meaningful career for yourself and gain the satisfaction of helping others to 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. 

This Course is suited to:

    People who wish to get a start in careers counselling Individuals wanting to establish a careers counselling service Those with interests in personnel management Anyone who is looking to develop skills to enhance an existing job (counsellor, teacher, etc.)

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Certificate in Abnormal Psychology

Learn to understand Abnormal Behaviour

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Certificate in Children's Health VPS106

Study Children's Health from a Holistic Perspective

There are many aspects to a child's wellbeing and this course attempts to provide insight into each of these areas - physical, emotional and psychological. Nutrition plays a key role in childhood development. Poor nutrition is associated with diseases like malnutrition and obesity but it can also impact on cognitive development and can influence behavioural problems like ADHD and conduct disorders.

What you will learn:

This course is a well-rounded course that allows the student to study many aspects of children's health. Learn about childhood development (social, cognitive, moral), the link between nutrition and psychological and physical wellbeing, and go on to specialise in your choice of three elective modules to round out your knowledge.

This course is suited to:

Whilst primarily aimed at professionals, this course is also suited to parents who wish to learn about how to best look after their children.

This course may be an excellent foundation for anyone working with children, such as:

  • Counsellors 
  • Childcare workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • People wanting to get into paediatric 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 Counsellors play a pivotal role in helping people to deal with a range of emotional and psychological problems - from relationship issues to feeling depressed. Most counsellors acquire general counselling qualifications and then go on to specialise in different aspects of counselling should they choose to do so.

Whilst many counsellors take their studies to a higher level, this certificate course provides a solid foundation from which to start out as a counsellor. Included are core 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

A life coach is a person who supports others through the processes of finding a way past their perceived or real limitations and to take responsibility for achieving valued goals. Many people are unable to reach their full potential because they stay within their comfort zones. They don't attempt to try things which are thought to be difficult and instead opt to continue do what they are already good at. As such, they can never really know what they are capable of. Life coaches help people to challenge themselves, to set goals and lead more fulfilling lives.

Who is this course for?

This course is geared towards people who wish to help others but are more concerned with helping people to find solutions rather than deal with psychological problems. 

This course will develop your ability to facilitate change in others so that they can achieve practical outcomes and take more control over their lives.  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. 

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Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Learn to help People Resolve Disputes

Some level of conflict is natural. Parents disagree with children, and children fight in the playground. Employees disagree with their bosses; and sometimes with each other. In sport, home, work and our social lives, disputes arise and someone usually needs to take the initiative to resolve them. If you plan to be that someone, this is a great course for you. 

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Certificate in Mental Health Support VPS026

Help People to Deal with Mental Health Issues

Good mental health is not a given. Just like our physical bodies things can go wrong with our mental processes. Sometimes problems may be associated directly with damage to the brain and central nervous system such as through disease or injury, and at other times it may be that problems have become so overbearing that we simply lack the inner resources and support to deal with them. 

Who is this course for? 

This course is for you if you would like to be 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. 

Learn about different types of mental health disorder, their signs and symptoms, possible causes and options for treatment. Discover the role of assessment and find out how to use counselling skills to help individuals with mental health problems. Choose two electives in areas of interest to you to round out your skills and feel competent relating to and helping people who are experiencing psychological difficulties.    


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Certificate in Occupational Psychology VPS022

Improve the Wellbeing of Staff and Business Productivity Occupational psychology is concerned with the psychology of work. It is also called organisational psychology and industrial psychology but it is concerned with all types of work setting and worker - not just in organisations or industry. Those who work in occupational psychology and related roles aim to help realise their enjoyment and potential in the workplace, whilst simultaneously improving productivity and 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.    Take this certificate course to learn about:
  • Improving the work environment 
  • Personnel management and recruitment
  • Supervision and staff mentoring
  • Careers counselling
  • Stress management
  • Business consultation
  • Leadership training
  • Motivation

Discover how to manage and run a business for the mutual benefit of both the business and the employees. 

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Certificate in Psychological Science VPS027

Psychology as a Science 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 which have been demonstrated through scientific principles.

Learn about some of the core dilemmas introduced by the field of psychology such as the difference between consciousness and perception, the mind-brain debate, and altered states. See how brain function influences behaviour and examine how damage to the central nervous system can affect our emotions and cognitive faculties.

Who is this certificate for? 

Psychology is a fascinating discipline that is intrinsically related to most industries as well as everyday situations and interactions. Wherever people are involved, so is psychology. If you have ever felt compelled to learn more about who we are and why we behave the way we do, this course will appeal to you. Having an understanding of psychology can:

  • Help in existing employment 
  • Demonstrate a depth of understanding to future employers 
  • Help with day-to-day interactions
  • Satisfy your curiosity about the nature of being human
  • Lead to further academic studies, and more. 

There many opportunities for individuals with a background in psychology, and applications of psychological knowledge are endless.


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Certificate in Psychology - VPS002

Begin Your Journey into Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating field of enquiry but is relatively new compared to many other sciences. Through studying psychology we can better explain human behaviour through things like personality, learning, memory, emotions, development, stress, and social actions. Psychology is the study of people, how we think and feel. The study of the human experience.

As psychologists continue to learn more about human behaviour the scope of this field grows. Whilst much of this field is focussed on understanding and helping individuals, it's not inconceivable that psychology may be helpful in the future in helping the world. For instance, through understanding how to control aggression at an individual level may lead to ways to solve wars and protect mankind.

Who is this course for?

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)



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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.


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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Learn to recognise mental health problems in children and youth.   Mental health is a difficult issue for children and adolescents because they are not always able to express their feelings accurately and are not always taken seriously. As an adult, you can help children that are suffering from, or you think could be suffering from, mental health issues if you are able to recognise difficulties. By developing an understanding of the types of problems the child may have, you can better support the child. 

This course emphasises the usefulness of understanding what to expect in normal childhood development so that this can be used as a benchmark with which to cross-reference suspect patterns of behaviour, and determine whether observed behaviour is problematic.

Whilst this course is primarily aimed at professionals who work with children it may also be of value to concerned parents who wish to gain a better insight into children's mental health. 

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Child Psychology - BPS104

Learn to Understand Children and Childhood Development

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 (i.e. cognitive development), emotional behaviour and social behaviour. Developmental theories help us to determine what may be deemed as 'normal development'. Children typically advance and reach developmental milestones at particular ages like the ability to walk, talk, form sentences, and so forth.  

Study this course to learn how children develop psychologically as they grow, and what factors (e,g, learning, parenting styles, reinforcement, genetic makeup) influence their behaviour and thinking.

This course is suited to:

The course will appeal to students of psychology but also anyone who wants to understand children better. Some of those who will benefit from this course include:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Child care workers
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists

Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher level qualification. 

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Coaching 1500 hour Learning Bundle PD15

Learn to be a Coach

Coaches come in many shapes and forms - from life coaches and business coaches to sports coaches. This course provides broad based knowledge that can make you a better coach in any coaching situation.

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Conflict Management - BPS201

Help People to Resolve Conflicts

Conflicts can arise in all aspects of life from personal relationships to the workplace. On a grander scale they are responsible for wars and disputes which can last for many years. One of the keys to managing conflicts successfully is to resolve them in an equitable way, so that both parties feel comfortable with the outcome.

Conflict caused by different viewpoints may lead to harsh and painful situations, or it can be transformed into creative and productive dialogue. A poorly managed conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress. Good management can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments.

Use this course to: 

Develop your ability to assist with negotiation or mediation in group or individual 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.

This course will be of benefit to counsellors and individuals working in roles in psychology, counselling, policing, mediation or facilitation. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. 

Study this course by itself or as part of a certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  

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Counselling 1000 hour Learning Bundle

Train to be a better Counsellor

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Counselling and Psychology 1500 hour Learning Bundle

A Comprehensive Counsellor Training Program

It takes hard work and dedication to become a competent counsellor. Those who succeed in this profession do so because they spend time and energy learning the theory and plying their trade. Even once established as a counsellor, it is important to continue to develop one's personal attributes and counselling skills. 

ACS is endorsed by the Complementary Medicine Association, for expertise in the area of Counselling. 

Enroll in this study program today, and study online at home.

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Counselling Children BPS218

Get Better at Counselling Children

In order to counsel children effectively a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically.   

This course is designed to build on counselling skills and provide therapists with greater insight into problems of childhood and approaches to treatment.


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Counselling Skills II - BPS110

Take your Counselling Skills to the Next Level

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 working in roles such as -

  • Community service workers
  • Counsellors
  • Emergency services
  • Health professionals
  • Life, health, and wellness coaches
  • and more

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Counselling Skills l - BPS109

Develop Counselling Skills to work with and help others

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.

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Counselling Techniques - BPS206

Develop Your Understanding of Different Approaches to Counselling 

There are many different theories and approaches to counselling people. Behind these theories are some of the most prominent people in the field of psychotherapy and counselling such as Freud, Jung, Rogers, Perls, Adler and Beck.

Each of these practitioners has made a significant contribution to counselling and any counsellor worth their salt ought to have some insight into the techniques and strategies of different workers in the field.

Study this course to find out:

  • Which theories have had a lasting effect on modern counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Which techniques are best suited to different kinds of counselling situations.

Learn about the major theoretical approaches to counselling and their application to the counselling process. Discover a range of techniques that help the student broaden their skills in different types of therapy that can be used to help clients. If you are a counsellor or want to be one, this is an indispensable part of your training or professional development.

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Criminal Profiling - BPS227

Study Criminal Investigation and Criminal Profiling by Remote Learning

Increase your understanding of -

  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal psychology
  • Victimology

This course is studied by remote learning, so you can -

  • Study at a pace to suit you
  • Study where you want to
  • Study to fit in around your work and personal life

Increase your understanding of criminal behaviour and investigation as a way to improve your job and career prospects.

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Criminal Psychology BPS309

Learn to Understand Criminal Behaviour

Criminal behaviour is defined by the society in which we live. As such, what constitutes a crime in one country may be quite different in another country. The definitions of criminal acts also change over time and punishments evolve in terms of what is considered appropriate and what is ethically acceptable.

In this course we delve into definitions of crime and criminality throughout history and how they relate to the modern day. We also discuss how psychology plays a role in our understanding of criminal behaviour through observations and perceptions of criminal acts and individuals, both inside and outside the courtroom. The association between mental illness and crime is examined in detail and individual differences like gender and age are also addressed.

Learn why some people may be more prone to getting involved in criminal acts and whether everyone is always accountable for their behaviour. Test your own thoughts on whether certain acts like euthanasia, suicide or releasing environmental toxins are crimes or a question of morality. 

This course is suited to: 

Anyone who works within criminal justice such as - police, social workers, court workers, solicitors, lawyers, legal secretaries, welfare officers, probation workers, as well as counsellors and psychologists, and anyone with an interest in the psychology of crime.


Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  

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Crisis Counselling BPS304

Help People to Resolve Crises A crisis is a period of transition in the life of the individual, family or group which presents individuals with a turning point in their lives. It 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 people can expect, and most people will recover from a 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 crisis counsellor can help.

What you will learn:  In this course, students learn about different methods of crisis intervention, their pros and cons, and also legal and ethical considerations. We'll examine some specific cases and look at the effects of crisis on individuals and groups. We'll look at how a person experiencing crisis can be encouraged to problem solve and find ways to cope and adjust to a new normality.  

This course helps the student develop the 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.

Who is it for?

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling or psychotherapy. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be of value to people in related fields like emergency services personnel and medical professionals.

Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  


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Developmental Psychology - BPS210

Learn How Humans Develop Throughout Life 

Developmental psychology is concerned with psychological needs and stages of development across the lifespan. There are a number of different stage theories and each of these posits how we transition from one stage to the next. It may be because we develop intellectually or it may be because we have resolved specific crises which enable us to move forward.

Study this course to improve your understanding of different stages of cognitive, moral and social development from early childhood through to late adulthood. Find out what the main theories have to say about what to expect from life. Learn about key processes at different stages of life and what happens as we move from childhood to old age.  

What you will learn: Develop an understanding of how human psychology changes throughout a person's life.

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, or psychotherapy. It is also useful for those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be useful for youth workers, child minders, teachers and others who work with children. Parents may be interested to learn more about their own children's behaviour. 

Study this course either by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  

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Developmental, Learning & Behavioural Conditions in Children

Learn to understand and better manage the psychological development of children.

Study this course to become adept at understanding developmental and learning disorders in young people, as well as behavioural disorders like ADHD and conduct disorders. Work towards a career helping children.

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Educational Psychology -BPS105

Understand How People of Any Age Learn

What is educational psychology? Educational psychology is primarily concerned with learning. 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.

What you will learn: 

To gain better insight into learning strategies it is necessary to understand how information is processed - from auditory or written information to memory. Having a sound insight into what motivates people to learn and how to address the needs of different types of learners is also paramount.    

This course will help parents, teachers, training officers or others seeking to gain a better understanding of the psychological processes that affect and assist learning. It applies theory and research findings from the field  of psychology to make learning more enjoyable and more likely to succeed.

Who is it for? 

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, youth work or teaching. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. 

Study this course by itself or as part of a certificate or higher qualification.


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Emotional Intelligence BPS223

Learn about Emotional Intelligence
  • It may be obscure, but it is important
  • It impacts so many aspects of our lives at work, home and play
  • Emotionally intelligent people are more likely to form sound relationships and perform better at whatever tasks they take on

Apply an understanding of emotional intelligence in managing people, marketing, education, workplace performance and more

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Family Counselling BPS213

Study Family Counselling online - an advanced counselling course

This course helps students to come to terms with different approaches to family counselling and to acknowledge the various narratives that each family has.

  • Learn about how to interview families and how to listen to their problems.
  • Develop a better understanding of family dynamics, and a capacity to analyse and facilitate solutions to problems that emerge in modern families.

Whilst most families will deal with problems and recover from crises without professional intervention, there are times when difficulties arise which are outside the bounds of a person's everyday experience or coping resources. In these instances families may require expert help to achieve recovery. This is where a counsellor can be an essential part of the family's growth and coping strategy.

Who is the course for?

  • This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, mediation or psychotherapy.
  • Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. 
  • It will also be useful for marriage guidance counsellors and relationships counsellors.

Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification. 

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Grief Counselling BPS209

Study Grief Counselling - Find Out How to Help People Cope With Grief 

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, 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, and a variety of other reasons. Holidays, anniversaries, and Christmas can be difficult times for the bereaved because they are often reminded of the person they have lost.

Grief is a very powerful emotion and occasionally it can seem never-ending and all-consuming.

  • Learn about the stages of grief and how these may affect an individual.
  • Gain a sound basis of knowledge for understanding and working with grief.
  • Professional studies for anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, mediation, or psychotherapy.


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Industrial Psychology - BPS103

Study Industrial Psychology - Learn How to Improve Employee Well-being Industrial psychology is the psychology of work. It is the study of people, and groups of people, in work settings and how the individual, other people around them, or the work environment can affect their work behaviour.

    Find out better ways to manage workers and workplaces to optimise performance and everyone's well-being. Learn about why interrelationships and dynamics within a work place keep changing. Understand how staff can be better managed to achieve a happier and more productive workplace
This course is ideal training for managers and supervisors or anyone looking towards a career in organisational psychology, HR, or personnel management.

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Introduction to Forensic Psychology

This course is intended as an introduction to the work done by a forensic psychologist and the theories of criminology.

Forensics relates to the use of scientific techniques and methods to investigate crimes. Forensic psychology is the study or practice of psychology and the law to understand more about crime and the people who commit them.   Forensic psychologists need to understand legal principles and also psychology. An important part of the forensic psychologist role is the ability to stand as an expert witness.

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Introduction to Psychology - BPS101

Your Psychology 101 Course by Distance Learning

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. Introduction to Psychology is the ideal course for anyone who wishes to gain an insight into the field of psychology whether just out of a lifelong curiosity or because you think it is a field you could get involved in longer term.

For those who wish to take things further there are many different specialist areas of psychology, such as - educational psychology, occupational psychology, criminological and legal psychology, clinical psychology, child psychology, teaching and research. Each of these fields has different opportunities within it but all psychologists start out studying subjects like Introduction to Psychology.

About the course:

This course introduces students to a broad array of psychological principles and theories relating to - consciousness, perception, memory & learning, personality development, cognitive development, motivation and the influences of our genes and the environment on behaviour. 

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in psychology. It may be of benefit to those looking at further studies and/or qualifications in psychology, counselling, social work, youth work, child care, aged care and other helping professionals. 

It will also benefit people 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 and emergency services workers
  • Retail workers
  • Business, management, marketing employees
  • Human resource staff
  • and many more.
ACS Student Comment

"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, Australia, Introduction to Psychology course.

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Life Coaching - BPS305

Help People to Reach Their Potential

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 and 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.

About the course:

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, coaching skills and goal setting; and is equally relevant to developing both physical and psychological wellbeing in the client.

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.


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Managing Mental Health in Adults BPS216

Mental Health Training Course - learn to understand and manage psychological health in adults
  • This course provides the student with a depth of knowledge about good mental health.
  • Learn about different mental health conditions, their causes, and practical steps to treatment.
  • Learn about depression, anxiety, phobias and much more.
  • Know what services are available to those with mental health issues.
Suitable for -

The Managing Mental Health In Adults course is suitable for -

  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Teachers
  • Psychologists
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Volunteer counsellors
  • Mental health workers
  • Learning disability workers
  • Support workers
  • Health and well-being workers
  • Stress management consultants
  • Anger management consultants
  • Human resources staff
  • Law enforcement
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Advice workers
  • Helpline counsellors
  • Homelessness workers
  • Anyone who supports and is interested in people with mental health issues.


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Marketing Psychology - BPS107

Develop Your Understanding of Consumer Psychology 

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

There are many ways to analyse consumer behaviour. For instance, market segmentation is a means of focussing on the consumer end of the market. It breaks away from the old-fashioned view that consumers are one large undifferentiated market. Instead it focuses on target groups, which can be made more and more specialised. 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.

About the course:

This course examines all manner of consumer behaviour from perception and individual differences such as why certain products appeal to certain groups, to what drives us to make purchases. You'll learn about the tricks which sellers can use in advertising and promotions to tap into our psyches and how different products and brands have 'personalities' which we identify with. Learn about this and more with our Marketing Psychology course.

Whether you're a consumer or a seller, understanding how you can influence or be influenced by products and advertising is very fascinating.

Who is this course for? 

This course is of great interest for business owners, those in positions of management, and those who deal with sales of products or services on a daily basis. It may also be of interest to people studying psychology, as well as anyone who just wants to understand more about their own buying behaviour and the marketing strategies of global corporations.

Study this course by itself or as part of a higher level qualification.

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Multicultural Awareness BPS303

Learn about Different Cultures

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.

About this course: 

This course will develop your sensitivity to culture, diversity and multicultural societies, and improve your capacity to interact with people on multicultural issues.

Understand how refugees, immigrants, and people from other cultures think about their adopted homes. Learn about concepts such as culture shock, racism, prejudice and cultural competence and the effects of these things on the individual and society. Find out how we can all learn to live together more peacefully with greater tolerance for and acceptance of our rights as human beings.

Who is this course for?

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, mediation or cultural variations. Those wishing to work in counselling & psychology, public servants, migration officers, as well as in other caring roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be of benefit to anyone wanting to enhance their understanding of multicultural issues in the workplace, or to help friends or family who may be migrants in a new country.

Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification.  

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Embrace Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is the idea that individuals perceive and understand the world in a different way to neurotypical individuals.  This course will improve your understanding of neurodiversity, myths and misconceptions about neurodiversity, and neurodiversity in the workplace, in education, in counselling and in relationships.

This distance learning course requires around 100 hours of study. You can start at any time to suit you and work at your own pace.


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Neuropsychology -BPS306

Learn About the Impact of Brain Disease and Injury on Behaviour

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 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 comprehensive online course covers: 

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

Study this course to learn about how the brain is organised and what different brain centres are specialised to do. See how injuries and other brain assaults impact on behaviour and emotions. Discover how different types of disorder cause particular deficits and syndromes, and see how the brain can compensate for damage.

Who is this course for? 

This course is aimed at people who work in the caring professions who may be exposed to individuals with disorders or cognitive problems associated with brain disease or damage.  It may also be of interest to students of psychology and people who may find themselves caring for a friend or family member with a brain related disorder. 


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Occupational Psychology- SGP7

Some of the key areas of interest for occupational psychologists are:

  • Recruitment of personnel
  • Improving working conditions
  • Increasing productivity
  • Developing effective decision-making abilities
  • Methods of coping with stress at work

Occupational psychologists may be employed directly by larger organisations as fulltime employees. In other cases they may act as external consultants who are brought into businesses or other? workplaces to undertake contractual work. In their role within an organisation, occupational psychologists may find themselves working alongside other professionals such as business operators, managers, supervisors, business coaches, HR specialists, careers counsellors, or other psychologists. Many of these individuals from other related professions have some knowledge, skills, or training in areas of practice associated with occupational psychology.

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Play Therapy

Learn Play Therapy

Develop your understanding of play therapy and your ability to apply play therapy techniques to address psychological problems in children and specific adult populations, and to learn how play can be used as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of injury, illness or disability. 

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Professional Practice in Counselling - BPS207

Enhance Your Counselling Professionalism 

As a counsellor, or would-be counsellor, it is imperative to develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. All counsellors should strive to gain knowledge of the self, and how their own personality, beliefs, values and emotions can effect the counselling process.  They should also develop an understanding of accepted ethical and legal practices and incorporate a code of ethics into their daily work.

It is good practice for a counsellor to frequently assess their own performance by querying whose needs are being met…their own or those of the client. Whilst it is not unethical that the counsellor’s personal needs are met within their professional practice, meeting 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.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those who want to learn to develop their understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. It also covers both legal and ethical issues which are important to working as a counsellor. Find out how to optimise the service you provide and know when to refer a client on to someone else.

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling or psychotherapy. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It may also be of value to people in related fields and is especially useful for those wishing to pursue private practice.

Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification. 

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Professional Supervision BPS301

A Course to Develop Supervision Skills   Being a counsellor, personnel manager or other professional entails a great degree of responsibility. Along with these roles comes a great deal of stress. Without some level of interaction and feedback from peers many professionals are left to act within a vacuum, isolated from others, and mistakes can often happen.   Professional supervision seeks to provide a release valve and avoid such dangers. It is a means through which workers can gain valuable insights into their work, nurture their own abilities, voice concerns, and continue to develop within their role.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who works in a professional capacity where supervision is involved - whether as a supervisor or supervisee. The course is generic in nature - it could be applied to a range of different professions, but the overall emphasis is on the caring professions. Students will learn about different theories and models of supervision and their pros and cons. You'll find out about what models of supervision can be applied in different workplace settings and which ones are best suited to individuals and groups. Add skills to your repertoire so that you are able to offer better supervision to colleagues.

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in supervising others whether in a private or public setting.  

Study this course either in isolation or as part of a certificate or higher qualification 

ACS Student 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), Clinical Supervisor/Manager, Harley St, London, UK, Professional Supervision course.


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Psychological Assessment BPS308

Psychological Assessment - learn how, why and when psychological testing is used

Psychological tests are used to assess and evaluate information that is given to the examiner by the client. This information is typically acquired through the use of questionnaires, inventories or tests of intelligence or ability.

Often these tests are in paper format but these days many can also be completed on computers. A test’s accuracy depends on how well constructed the test is and whether is actually tests what it is purported to test. Ultimately, how carefully and seriously a respondent answers the questions they are asked also affects the results, as does the clinician's personal expertise when it comes to interpreting the findings.

A psychological assessment is when a skilled psychologist uses the techniques and tools of psychology to derive 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 may help with diagnosis or classification of a disease or disorder, but it can also be used to help with determining interventions or in recruitment it may be used to determine an individual's strengths.

Course Aim
    Students successfully completing the Psychological Assessment course will be able to To explain why and how to use psychological assessment, and the different types of assessment available.

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    Psychology & Counselling - BPS102

    Study Psychology & Counselling online - learn about principles of psychology and counselling According to the World Health Organisation, 25% of people will develop a mental or behavioural disorder during their lifetime.

    About this course:
      This course is an ideal introduction to counselling for anyone considering going into counselling as a profession. The course helps with the classification and prognosis of maladjusted behaviours. Develop your ability to analyse psychological conditions, and apply that knowledge in counselling, or advisory situations.

    Our student's say

     "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, Psychology & Counselling

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    Psychology 1500 hour Learning Bundle

    Start or Develop a Career Working With People Understanding people is the best way to get on in the world - at work, at home, in sports teams. Most things we do involve some form of interaction with others and having a deeper understanding of why people behave in particular ways can help to ensure those interactions run smoothly. 

    What you will learn: 

    Learn why we behave as we do in different situations, and how you can use psychology to become more effective in all areas of life. Learn about the key areas of psychological study - perceptions, sensations, emotions, memory, language, and so forth. Find out about theories of personality and who we are. Gain insights into counselling techniques and mental health issues. See hoe development through childhood can influence who we are as adults.

    The course allows considerable flexibility in choosing your own eight elective modules to add to the core studies and therefore to broaden your knowledge in areas of most interest to you. 

    Who is this course for?

    This course is aimed at counsellors, social workers, managers, business people, teachers, communicators, or even parents and others wishing to expand their knowledge. 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.

    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
    • A whole range of other professions

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    Psychopharmacology BPS302

    Learn How Drugs Affect Behaviour  

    The history of drugs takes us back to the beginnings of the human race. Alcohol was made and drank to excess as far back as 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. Caffeine, as coffee, has been served in the Middle East throughout that area's history.

    “Drug” 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 like caffeine, to powerful drugs that alter mood and behaviour. The term “drug” is therefore any substance which is psychoactive – that is, mind-altering.

    Study this course to:

    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, caffeine, solvents, sedatives, prescription drugs, etc.

    Find out about the major drug groups and how dependence, tolerance, withdrawal and abuse can influence a user's behaviour. See how mental health disorders and substance use are often interrelated.  

    Who is this course for?

    This course is of value to anyone with an interest in forensic psychology, criminology, or mental health and criminality. Those wishing to work in areas of law, policing, counselling & psychology as well as correctional facilities may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. 

    Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification. 

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    Relationship Communication Counselling - BPS208

    Relationship Communication Counselling by distance learning - learn how to better manage relationships  Many of us wear a number of different hats – we are partner (husband/wife), daughter, son, mother, father, uncle, aunt, 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, and so forth.

    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 varied. For example, someone in their role of mother or father coaching a children's sports team would not speak using the same words, tone of voice, or facial expressions in this context as they would when attending a business meeting as the president where they are required to lead the attendees through an agenda. Our roles determine the level of communication (relating style) we use.

      Develop your understanding of the role of communication in relationships. Study with the support and guidance of our expert tutors.
    What you will learn:

    Develop your understanding of the role communication plays in creating, maintaining or destroying relationships, and your ability to assist others to improve their relationship communications.

    The course examines different sources of communication, verbal and the various forms of non-verbal, and how they can be observed, interpreted and responded to. It also delves into strategies for promoting good relationships and considers what things are counter-productive. 

    Who is the course for?

    This course is useful for those who work in psychology, counselling, mediation or psychotherapy. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this field. It will also be useful for marriage guidance counsellors and relationships counsellors.

    It may also be of value to people who manage relationships in a work place (e.g. supervisors of work teams), or individuals who simply seek to better understand the dynamics of relationships between people in everyday life.

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    Social Psychology BPS205

    Understand the Behaviour of Groups

    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

    People live, work and play in groups; interacting with each other on a daily basis. Understanding the psychological dynamics at play, in these interactions, is valuable both from a personal and a broader perspective.

    Study this course to: 

    • Learn how society affects your state of mind, and how your state of mind affects the way you behave in society.
    • Develop skills that can be applied to work with people in counselling, education, welfare and other professions.

    Through studying this course the individual can better understand their own place in society; and anyone working within a social group, can better understand how to manage their own position in the group. The course covers key social psychology concepts like - helping behaviour & the bystander effect, social stereotyping, attribution theory & attitude change, and group polarisation.  

    Who is this course for? 

    This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, or anthropology. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of people and group behaviour. It will also be useful for people wishing to gain insight into the field of psychology.

    Study this course by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification.  


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    Sports Psychology - BPS106

    Study Sports Psychology online - learn how to motivate participants in sports and exercise

    Sports psychology is concerned with how to enhance the performance of athletes or those partaking in sport and exercise - from children and the elderly to people with disabilities and, of course, professional athletes. Any type of exercise can have a toll on our body, even for the super fit, and so it can seem like a chore at times. Sometimes, in order to benefit from sport and exercise, we need to use strategies to overcome hurdles and find a way to continue. 

    Study Sports Psychology -
    • Develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise and how an athlete, psychologist or coach can apply it to improve motivation and performance.
    • Examine factors which influence success at sports, from individual traits to outside influences.
    • Learn techniques to overcome anxiety about performance, how to channel aggression more usefully, the use of imagery, and how to motivate sports people.
    • Apply what you learn to different groups of people with different needs.  
    Who is this course for?

    This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, sports coaching or training. Those wishing to work in these fields may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this area. It may also be useful in teaching or rehabilitation settings.

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    Stress Management VPS100

    Find Better Ways to Cope with Stress A stressor is anything 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.

    What you will learn: 

    This course helps you  to understand stress - its nature, causes and treatments. See how stress and stressors impact on people - emotionally, mentally and physically. We'll look at poor and adaptive coping mechanisms and factors which make people more susceptible to the forces of stress. We'll also consider how people can take practical action to combat stress.

    Who is this course for? 

    This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, health & fitness, or psychotherapy. Those wishing to work in these fields as well as others in caring roles or helping roles may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this area. It may also be useful for anyone who feels stressed or knows others who are and wishes to learn more in order to make changes to their life.

    Study this course either by itself or as part of a self-designed certificate or higher qualification. 


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    Weight Loss Consultant Course BRE307

    Learn How to Help People Take Control of their Weight

    Obesity is a worldwide epidemic. In many Western countries the proportion of people who are classed as obese has been rising exponentially in recent decades and is now typically more than half of all adults. Many children have weight problems too. Even in developing countries like India, obesity is becoming a major burden on the health system.

    With so many people struggling to control their weight there has never been a greater need for weight loss consultants to support people on their weight loss journey.

    Study this course to:

    Help you find 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 you need 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.

    Who is this course for? 

    This course is ideally suited to nutritionists, dieticians, and people working in health and wellbeing roles, or life coaching positions.   

    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 you may prefer to offer group meetings where you have complete control over session plans and delivery. Alternatively, you may wish to join a weight control consultancy business as an employee or franchise holder.  

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