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Psychology, Philosophy, Culture, History and Law

Psychology topics #1: Romantic Relationships and Mental Health


Start date: 15th Jan 2020

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £95

Day: Wednesday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Keith Rice

Course code: 20SP96

This course aims to
• Build on the introductory course, ‘Knowing Yourself & Others: an Introduction to Psychology’*
• Provide an academically-robust, more in-depth approach to key topic areas
• Create enjoyable learning experiences and foster a love of learning
• Stimulate students to explore areas that interest them in even greater depth

It is for
• Anyone interested Psychology who wants to explore their specific interest in one or both of the topics under discussion
• Anyone wanting generally to build their knowledge of Psychology
*Note: it will help if you have participated in the introductory course or otherwise developed a basic knowledge of Psychology. However, there will be recaps at various points in the course and additional study materials provided to enable those with little prior knowledge of Psychology to catch up.

For all sessions students will need
• An open and curious mind
• Willingness to participate in questionnaires, activities and exercises
Note: both topic areas can touch upon sensitive issues. Workshop participants will not need to divulge any information of a sensitive or confidential nature.

Additional Costs
• Learners should bring along a folder/binder they can keep their handouts in
• Learners should bring along a notepad they can make additional notes on

By the end of the course Learners should
• Feel equipped to study the specific topic areas in greater detail if they wish
• Be generally more confident in applying psychological concepts in general

Give brief details of the proposed topics to be covered each week

Week1 - Introductory
• Introduction to pertinent psychological concepts - including appropriate recap of the introductory course

Week2 – Romantic Relationships #1
• Women for men
• Men for women
• What is love?
(Note: relationships considered in these sessions are heterosexual. As yet, there is too little validated psychological research into homosexual relationships to discuss them in this context.)

Week3 – Romantic Relationships #2
• Why do we have long-term romantic relationships?
• The economic approach to romantic relationships
• The communal approach to romantic relationships

Week4 – Romantic Relationships #3
• Do parenting and childhood experiences affect our capacity to sustain mutually-satisfying long-term relationships?
• Strategies for getting rid of emotional ‘bag & baggage’

Week5 – Romantic Relationships #4
• How do we rescue romantic relationships in trouble?
• Why and how do romantic relationships break up?

Week6 – Mental Health #1
• How to define mental health problems
• Cultural determinants of mental health classifications
• The difference between neurosis and psychosis

Week7 – Mental Health #2: Neurotic Disorders
• Phobias – their causes
• Phobias – Systematic Desensitisation as a treatment
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – causes
• OCD – drug therapy or talking therapy

Week8 - Mental Health #3: Schizophrenia #1
• Schizophrenia – symptoms and problems in diagnosis
• Understanding the world of the schizophrenic
• Biological factors in Schizophrenia

Week9 - Mental Health #4: Schizophrenia #2
• Psychological factors in Schizophrenia
• The Diathesis-Stress Model
• Managing Schizophrenia

Week10 – Case Studies
• Work with partners on a case study to do with either romantic relationships or mental health
• Ideas for exploring your psychological interests further

Note #1: As the course builds understanding cumulatively, Learners should attempt to attend all sessions and catch up if they should miss one.
Note #2: ‘Homeplay’ mini-tasks will be given on some sessions to apply and consolidate the learning.

“Really important insights into everyday interactions with others.... Fun, engaging and accessible at all times!... A thoroughly enjoyable course, delivered in a creative way. Thank you very much." – Rebecca Warner, learner, June 2016

To view other comments from previous participants in Keith’s training sessions, go to http://www.integratedsociopsychology.net/services/training/course-quotes/

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Keith Rice

As well as teaching our Extended Schools classes, Keith has taught A-Level Psychology, Sociology and Health & Social Care for Rossett 6th Formers. He has also been Head of Psychology at another school nearby and taught Psychology and Sociology on a university access course.

Keith has studied Psychology since first entering university in the early 1970s. He has trained with some of the world’s leading consulting psychologists such as Don Beck & Christopher Cowan and L Michael Hall. He numbers leading researchers such as Alex Haslam & Steve Reicher, Marc Lucas and Aaron T Beck among his networks of contacts.

In between spells of teaching, Keith worked as a management consultant and trainer, applying advanced Psychology models and theories to the workplace and to sales & marketing. He wrote and delivered courses on a wide variety of occupational applications, including salesforce training for one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of ‘fast-moving consumer goods’. He also worked as the national administration manager for the UK’s largest freight forwarding operator.

Keith is author of the acclaimed book, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You: an Integrated SocioPsychology Guide to Personal Fulfilment and Better Relationships’ – described in one 5-star review on amazon.com as “the best Psychology book of the year”. He has contributed articles to Quality World, Integral Leadership Review and Eros & Kosmos. Keith had two key chapters in the ‘Developmental Innovation’ compendium published in Summer 2015.

Describing himself as ‘semi-retired’ these days, Keith works nearly full-time as a private tutor for A-Level Psychology and Sociology students and has supported Psychology undergraduates right up to their finals. He also sees a small number of private psychotherapy clients. Keith sees these activities as mutually beneficial. “Keeping up with the academic through tutoring ensures I always have access to the latest thinking to apply to my clients’ situations. But (suitably-censored) anecdotes from my own client base inform my tutoring and enable me to create scenarios which students gone onto university consistently say have prepared them well for the required depth of analysis they are required to undertake.”

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