Introduction to Clinical Psychology
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Have you ever wondered what causes mental illness, or why we react to stress the way we do? Or what to expect as you get older?
Clinical psychology is the study of psychological disorders and the treatments designed to improve the day-to-day lives of people suffering from them. The focus of the course will be on common psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, and the symptoms of each. We will also discuss the underlying role of stress and how it affects people mentally and physically. We will also consider more general issues and theories around personality and intelligence.
You should take this course if you want to better understand psychological disorders and how we can treat them.
Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self. He is a leading instructor of the award-winning course: CRIME101x and the PSYC1030x Introduction to Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology XSeries Program of four courses on edX.org.
Vanessa Cobham is a practising clinical psychologist. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Mater Research Institute and a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in the Children’s Health Queensland Health and Hospital District. Her research focuses on child and adolescent psychopathology, the impact of natural disasters on children, adolescents and families, and the impact of disaster-related post-natal maternal stress on children’s development.