Yes - it seems its an “automated” course to a large degree. Videos, etc.
But - it looks good. I recommend people check it out. Here is the transcript for part of the intro video:
Welcome to this course on caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia. Having a support network is very important for a person living with psychosis. It plays a critical role in their progress and recovery. Close family and friends such as parents, partners, siblings, children often take on this caring role. They usually have a lot of questions about psychosis that they need answered. Over the next two weeks, we’re going to discuss some of the main issues around caring for people with psychosis and schizophrenia. Let’s hear from the academic team about the big questions they help us to explore. Psychosis is not all biological or not all psychological. But there’s an interaction.
And therefore, it’s important in treating somebody with psychosis that you deal with all the different aspects of the problem. Why does the experience feel so real? When we’ve examined patients when they’ve been able to come into a brain-scanning device, an MRI scanner, we can see that the hearing parts of the brain are active. We know people who have had lots of trauma exposure, particularly in early life, are more likely to develop psychosis. Symptom groups of PTSD and psychosis can look quite similar. And people can often present with both, which can cause difficulty, sometimes, in terms of diagnosis and thinking about best treatment. A lot of people don’t realise that mental health conditions are also physical health conditions.
The two go hand-in-hand. Most people with a psychotic illness which is longstanding or likely to be longstanding will need to take an antipsychotic for a prolonged period. The light at the end of the tunnel for the drug treatments of psychosis is clozapine, but we still don’t know quite enough about it to realise what it is we’re looking at that’s special about it. If you’re supporting someone with psychosis and schizophrenia, we hope this course helps to improve your confidence in the different things that you do. That confidence might come from learning new facts and information, from a fresh perspective on your experiences, from knowing what questions and support to ask for, or from contact with other carers with a similar experiences.
If you’re not caring for someone with psychosis at the moment, you might be wondering, is this course really for me? Well, we designed the course with carers in mind. But we also considered what would be relevant for anyone interested in psychosis and schizophrenia conditions and families, or for those working in a service or mental health organisation. You’ll find a breakdown of the course content after this video. But in the first week of the course, we’ll explore how can we best understand psychosis and its causes, the common symptoms, including hallucinations, and what they’re like to experience. How can we treat psychosis? And what should we expect from those treatments?
We hope you enjoy the course and get everything that you want from it. Thanks for taking part.