The Advanced Diploma in the Psychology of Adults (Managing Mental Health) extends your knowledge and ability in working with adult mental health.
This Advanced Diploma program is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specialising in Adult Mental Health.
A total of 180 ECTS credits must be completed.
Duration: 6 months*
Credits: 180 ECTS credits
Prerequisites: One of the following:
- Diploma in Psychology and Counselling
- Diploma in the Psychology of Children and Young People
- Diploma in Organisational Psychology
- Diploma in the Psychology of Adults (Managing Mental Health)
Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)
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BPS209 Grief Counselling
Develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures for Grief Counselling. Topics covered include: Nature and Scope of Grief, Stages of Grief, Grief and different age groups, Adjustment to Bereavement, Abnormal Grief, Preparing for Bereavement, Long-term Grief, etc.
BPS109 Counselling Skills I
Learn about the counsellor’s role and the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills. Recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology or equivalent.
BPS304 Crisis Counselling
This module 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.
BPS307 Abnormal Psychology
How can you know whether a person’s behaviour is within the ‘normal’ range or abnormal (thus requiring the attention of a specialist)? Counsellors and support workers will benefit from this course. Develop your ability to identify psychological disorders, and determine when to refer clients for treatment. The course will also be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about common psychological disorders, their causes and treatment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology
Research Project III
Develop innovative approaches to workplace activities through systematic research in an industry relating to their stream studies. Apply and build on skills and competencies gained throughout previously studied modules developing initiative and innovation.
Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)
Select one module from the list below:
BPS110 Counselling Skills II
This module introduces you to the kinds of problems and issues that a person might face in overcoming stresses and limiting attitudes. Learn about the counsellor’s role and the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills. Recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology or equivalent.
BPS208 Relationships Counselling
Increase your understanding of the role communication plays in creating, maintaining or destroying relationships, and develop your ability to assist others to improve their communication in relationships.
How will I learn
The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.
Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.
You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.
When you achieve this qualification, you can move towards completing your BSc in Psychology.
Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing.
Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.