Detailed Information

Introduction to Psychology

The aim of this course is to introduce you to a range of different topics in psychology in a friendly and social context. This course runs for six weeks. You will be introduced to a range of areas of psychology usually studied in Psychology for a degree or diploma. The course begins with an introduction to the Course. It will cover some of the early influences on contemporary Psychology such as The Psychology of Sigmund Freud, The Behavioural Sciences and Early studies of the Mind e.g. visual perceptions. There will be sessions on topics relevant to Counselling and Psychotherapy, such as The Psychology of Carl Jung; Humanistic Psychotherapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based therapies. There will also be introductions to Mental Health, Positive Psychology and Wellbeing with a mention of the 'Crisis of Meaning' often discussed withing the psychological professions, Cognitive Science and the nature of the Human Mind. Each week a new topic will be introduced in a lecture. This will be followed by a break for socialising. There will be activities/ homework from week to week for those who are interested and have the time. This should prompt an interesting discussion which will be facilitated after the break. Each student will have an opportunity to join in, or to opt-out, if they prefer and maybe just sit back and enjoy the conversation, although most people tend to be drawn in eventually. The course would be of interest to anyone with a personal or professional interest in Psychology.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
01 Oct 2019 to 03 Dec 2019 Sessions: 10
Time: 19.00 - 21.00


Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26,
Dec 3
19:00 Belfield


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06 Tuesdays @ 19.00 - 21.00 pm

Jan 26, Feb 02, 09, 16, 23, Mar 02

Reading and online resources will be listed in the handout. However, all these topics are easily found in any book on psychology or online.

Dr. Martina Carroll BA, MLitt, PhD is a psychologist working in the fields of Teaching, Training, Research, 'Community' and the Arts for over twenty years.  She has taught Human Development, Cognitive Psychology, Positive Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy and currently is involved in researching the 'meaning crisis' in contemporary society. Her specialist area of psychology is human development. Her current interests include the arts and psychology and the role of 'meaning in life'.

A more detailed list of the topics will be provided in a handout at the beginning of the course.

At the end of the course, you will be familiar with some of the core topics taught in a psychology degree and you will be able to join in a discussion on these issues and maybe for some personal views through reflection and further reading.

Lectures and facilitated discussion