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Beyond Diagnosis: Is Psychiatric Diagnosis helpful?

An introduction to the history, practice and functions of psychiatric diagnosis.

Beyond Diagnosis: Is Psychiatric Diagnosis helpful?

Explore the benefits and drawbacks of psychiatric diagnosis

The issue of medical diagnosis in mental health has always been contentious, with many professionals questioning the reliability and validity of psychiatric diagnosis.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction the history, practice and functions of psychiatric diagnosis.

You’ll find out about some of the benefits of psychiatric diagnosis, as well as the possible negative outcomes.

You’ll understand the principal criticisms of psychiatric diagnosis, including validity, utility and underlying theoretical assumptions.

You’ll explore some of the possible alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

What topics will you cover?

  • The nature of psychiatric diagnosis.
  • The practice and uses of psychiatric diagnosis.
  • The controversies surrounding the benefits and possible negative consequences of psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Possible alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe what psychiatric diagnosis is, and the current debates and issues surrounding it.
  • Describe the practice and uses of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Explain the benefits of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Explain the possible negative consequences of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Summarise the main criticisms of psychiatric diagnosis

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in mental health and psychology, but may be of particular interest to health and social care professionals.

Who will you learn with?

Peter Kinderman

Lead Educator and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool.
@peterkinderman
www.liv.ac.uk/psychology-health-and-society/staff/peter-kinderma

Kate Allsopp

I am a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Liverpool. I am interested in the ways we assess mental health difficulties and in alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis.

Who developed the course?

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

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