This course is set at the depth and instructional level of a three credit post-licensure course and provides 45 hours of CE credit. It is intended for psychologists and other behavioral clinicians who have not had previous training in aspects of anatomy and physiology related to how the body and mind interact to control behavior and psychophysiological states.
You will learn by watching audiovisual lectures provided on the course web site or CDs, reading assignments both from materials provided on the course web site or CDs and one or more standard texts, watching a movie, and interacting extensively with the instructor via e-mail and, if you wish, by phone. You will answer short essay questions after each lecture rather than taking exams. Previous students have required between 45 and 95 hours of work (with a median of 65 hours) to complete this course. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Specific Course Objectives: As a result of taking this course, you should be able to:
- Be able to discuss functional and structural bases of disorders.
- Understand how the muscles function and contribute to functional disorders.
- Be able to discuss how immune dysfunction relates to functional disorders.
- Be able to predict changes in functional disorders from changes in endocrine system function.
- Relate pheromonal communication to behavioral changes.
- Be able to describe genetic and environmental contributions to observed behaviors.
- Have sufficient depth of knowledge of A&P to understand the psychophysiological bases of functional disorders.
- Concepts and Overview of the Body’s Organization + First Thoughts About Disease
- Basic Chemistry
- Cells and Tissues
- The Nervous System
- The Senses
- The Skin – External and Internal
- The Skeletal System
- The Muscular System
- The Cardiovascular / Circulatory System
The Immune System
- The Respiratory System
- The Digestive System, Metabolism, and Nutrition
- The Urinary System, Waste Disposal, Fluid Balance Systems
- The Reproductive System, Growth, and Genetics
This course is equivalent to a three credit undergraduate course in Anatomy and Psychology Human Biology and is accredited and blueprint-relevant for initial certification by, and continuing education for, certificants of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. The course covers all the basic areas of Anatomy and Psychology but from a behavioral perspective. For example, when we talk about bones, we concentrate on how stress effects healing fractures and reshaping bone structures. When we talk about muscles, we talk about how they work together to produce movements.
Continuing Education credits: 45
Instructor: Richard A. Sherman, Ph.D.