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Online learning at the IoPPN

Free online courses at the IoPPN

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) offers a selection of free online courses:

Understanding Drugs and Addiction

Meet experts from across the IoPPN in addiction science, psychiatry, health economics, neuroanatomy, psychology, neuroscience, genetics and neuroimaging.

How do addictions develop? How are they best treated and prevented? Explore these key questions with this free online course. We explore how addiction develops, looking at the environmental, genetic and personal risks involved. We’ll examine what happens when a drug enters your body and your brain, how your brain changes, and how this process can make recovering from addiction such a challenge. You’ll learn how we can best treat addiction, and how national and international policies help limit the harms from addiction. By understanding addiction, we can shed light on the greater issues of self-control and choice. Indeed, we will develop a greater understanding of ourselves.

King’s College London is a world leader in the science and treatment of addiction. Educators on this course are drawn from a variety of disciplines throughout the university, and work together to understand and respond to addiction. This course will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation and will also give you the opportunity to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment.

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No specialist knowledge or previous experience is required.

Caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia

Psychosis conditions, including schizophrenia, are treatable mental health problems that can affect anyone although very few people talk about the conditions and their impact on families. Millions of people across the globe find themselves thrust unexpectedly into a role providing support and care when a relative develops psychosis. Carers can play a major role in supporting their relative’s progress and recovery.

This two-week course will explore some of the key issues and questions relevant to a carer who is supporting a relative with psychosis such as:

  • Why is schizophrenia described as psychosis?
  • How can we best understand psychosis and its key symptoms such as hearing voices?
  • What are the links between cannabis use and developing psychosis?
  • Can psychosis affect physical health?
  • How do medications in psychosis work and what effects can they have?
  • In what ways are siblings of people with psychosis affected?
  • How can psychosis affect a carer’s health and their relationships?

This free online course will provide opportunities to share your views and experiences with carers from around the world.

Register your interest for the next course

This course is open to anyone with an interest in psychosis and caregiving issues.

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