Introduction to Schizophrenia - Certificate
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Introduction to Schizophrenia - Certificate

A Comprehensive Overview of it's History, Causes, Prevalence, Symptoms, Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
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Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What is Schizophrenia?
  • Symptoms of Schizophrenia
  • How common is Schizophrenia?
  • What are some of the causes of Schizophrenia?
  • How is Schizophrenia assessed?
  • How is Schizophrenia diagnosed?
  • A Brief history of diagnosing and treating Schizophrenia
  • The 4 main types of Schizophrenia
  • Prescribed Medicines for Treatment of Schizophrenia (direct advice on medications not provided)
  • Talking Therapies for Schizophrenia
  • Psycho-Social Interventions for Schizophrenia
  • Help and support organisations for the public, carers, professionals and family members
  • A good basic standard of English
  • An interest in the subject

This course is packed with lectures and narrated PowerPoint presentations and overall, provides a comprehensive introduction to Schizophrenia, how it is assessed, how it is diagnosed, its symptoms, treatments available, historical developments and evidence about the potential causes of the condition.  An excellent course for anyone with an interest in the topic, either from a personal or professional perspective.  The course is taught by Kevin O'Doherty, Psychologist, Forensic Mental Health Expert Witness and CBT Therapist.

Who this course is for:
  • Staff working in social care or mental health
  • People who have a friend or family member with schizophrenia
  • Members of the general public with an interest in schizophrenia
  • People working in education
  • Therapists who would like to know more about schizophrenia
  • Medical staff who may come into contact with people displaying symptoms of schizophrenia
Course content
Expand all 45 lectures 02:25:41
+ Introduction
5 lectures 19:59

Her we start with an introduction to the course, setting out the scene for what can be expected throughout the course.

Preview 06:48

Here we look briefly at the term schizophrenia and how it came about.  A controversial term that has changed a number of times over the years.

Preview 02:34

Epidemiology refers to the prevalence of a health condition in society, how widespread it is for example.  here we explore how common Schizophrenia is.

Preview 05:04

Schizophrenia in children is apparently very rare according to research.  There is also the condition childhood psychosis, that is sometimes diagnosed.

Schizophrenia in Children

Here is a task where you are asked to carry out some research into the 5 main types of Schizophrenia and their associated symptoms.

Research Task: The Different Types of Schizophrenia
+ The Different "Types" of Schizophrenia
5 lectures 16:35

Here we are introduced to the main 5 types of schizophrenia and begin looking at symptoms of "Paranoid Schizophrenia"

The Five Types of Schizophrenia - Paranoid Schizophrenia

Here we explore the symptoms associated with "Disorganised Schizophrenia"

Disorganised Schizophrenia

Catatonic Schizophrenia is often depicted in the movies, especially the older movies.  Here we look at what is involved in catatonia.

Catatonic Scizophrenia

In many mental health diagnoses, there also exists a catch all diagnosis that covers people whose diagnostic category is not clear cut and there may be an overlap of symptoms.

Undifferentiated Schizophrenia

This refers to schizophrenia in remission, where the person has had schizophrenia type symptoms but they are not currently evident.

Residual Schizophrenia
+ Causes of Schizophrenia
2 lectures 10:42

In this section we begin to explore some of the theories that seek to describe schizophrenia and its cause/s

Intro to Causes of Schizophrenia

Do we inherit a Schizophrenia type gene?  Here we look at hereditary and schizophrenia.

Is Schizophrenia Hereditary - The Challenges of Evidence
+ Symptoms of Schizophrenia
5 lectures 21:44

In this section we begin to look at some of the classic symptoms of the condition.

Intro to Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Positive and Negative symptoms are often spoken about in Schizophrenia, but what do we mean by these 2 terms?

The Positive and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Cognitive symptoms of Schizophrenia are concerned with the way that we think.  here we look at some of the prevalent cognitive symptoms.

Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Affect in psychology, refers to the way that we feel.  Here we look at some of the mood related symptoms in the condition.

Affect: The Mood Component of Schizophrenia

More discussion of a range of symptoms associated with Schizophrenia.

More About Symptoms of Schizophrenia
+ Assessment and Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
4 lectures 12:12

In this section we take a look at how the condition is assessed and diagnosed.

Assessment and Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

The initial clinical assessment is really the starting point in the journey towards accurate, clinical diagnosis of the condition.

Assessing and Making the Initial Diagnosis

The DSM is often referred to as one of the 2 most important handbooks for psychiatrists.  here we look at what DSM says about the symptoms needed for an initial diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Schizophrenia

The ICD is compiled by the World Health Organisation and is also a classification manual for mental health problems.  here we look at what the ICD says about the symptoms needed for a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

International Classification of Diseases (ICD) - Schizophrenia
+ Prognosis and Schizophrenia
1 lecture 04:02

Prognosis refers to how an illness or disease is likely to progress clinically, based on evidence we have available about the condition.  here we look at likely prognosis for Schizophrenia.

Prognosis of Schizophrenia
+ Historical Treatments for what we Today Refer to as Schizophrenia
8 lectures 16:31

In this section we begin to look at some of the unpleasant history surrounding Schizophrenia (as we call it today).

The Unpleasant History

In the past, when many issues were thought of as deriving from demonic possession or the influence of spiritual/divine intervention, the sometimes bizarre behaviours and speech associated with schizophrenia was deemed as signs of demonic intervention.

Viewed as Demonic Possession Rather than an Illness

Still used today in the treatment of schizophrenia, though much less frequently, ECT is perhaps another form of controversial treatment for the condition.

ElectroConvulsive Therapy (ECT)

It was assumed that subjecting people to very hot and cold temperatures interchangeably, would help reduce symptomology of Schizophrenia!

Hot and Cold Temperatures

People with Schizophrenia were very likely to be restrained in the past, using straight-jackets.  They would then be placed in a silent, padded cell for extended periods, how dreadful!

The Use of Straight Jackets

The pre-frontal lobotomy involved damaging or destroying parts of the frontal cortex, in the hope that this would reduce Schizophrenia type symptoms.

The Use of Pre-frontal Lobotomy

In the past, before we understood Schizophrenia as a health condition, it was was assumed that the symptoms were brought pon by demonic possession.  Here we look at the exorcisms that took place in order to rid the individual of the said demons!

Torture to Release the Demons

Referred to today as Psychiatric Hospital, the Lunatic Asylums of the past were very unpleasant places where a range of unpleasant treatments took place!

Confined to the "Lunatic Asylum"
+ Current Day Treatments and Interventions for Schizophrenia
10 lectures 28:23

In this lecture we begin to look at psychotropic medications (medications that affect the mind) and how these are often used in treatment of Schizophrenia.

Prescribed Medication for Schizophrenia

More brief info about prescription medications for Schizophrenia.

Prescribed Medication Continued

This continues to be controversial, ECT, what do you think? Are we justified in using this treatment, if it seems to work in a small number of cases?

ElectroConvulsive Therapy - ECT

Psycho-Social Interventions are concerned with training people in social skills and at the same time understanding their thoughts, feelings and symptoms.

Psycho-social Interventions for Schizophrenia

More about Psycho-Social interventions

Psycho-Social Intervention 2

In some cases, the individual might need to be hospitalised (sometimes against their will) especially if they seem to present a danger to themselves or other people.

Hospitalisation for Schizophrenia

Dual diagnosis in mental health, refers to the presence of a mental illness in addition to another condition such as alcohol or drug addiction.

The Problem of Dual Diagnosis in Schizophrenia

Very often, people with Schizophrenia experience problems with social interaction and lack the skills necessary for this.  These group of interventions help to repair this deficit.

Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia

We know from research that employment is therapeutic for most of us!  Here we look at supported value for people with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

The Therapeutic Value of Supported Employment

In this lecture we begin to explore CBT interventions for Schizophrenia (see my Intro to CBT online course for further details)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Schizophrenia
+ C0-Morbidity and Schizophrenia
3 lectures 08:37

Co_morbidity refers to where Schizophrenia is often accompanied by other health related issues.  here we look at some conditions often associated with the condition.

Physical health and Schizophrenia

More discussion about Co-Morbidity and Schizophrenia.

Co-Morbidity and Schizophrenia 1

More info about Co-Morbidity and Schizophrenia

Co-Morbidity and Schizophrenia 2
+ Summary and Conclusion
2 lectures 06:56

As we come towards the end of the course, here is a task that will help solidify the learning process.


Thank you very much for completing this course, well done! Please keep in touch with questions, thoughts, feelings and comments. 

Thankyou and Goodbye, Please Keep in Touch!