Unit 7: Psychosocial


Psychosocial skills Online Course

This unit looks at the role of psychology and psychoanalysis on overall health. All disease stems from the mind; Eastern medicine teaches us that the mind and body directly affect and influence one another. Modern research is proving how important the mind is in maintaining our general health.

Naturopaths need to have an understanding of the history of psychology and the different schools of thought within the psychology and psychoanalysis sector. They also need to have an understanding of how the brain influences the physical body from a modern scientific perspective and have tools at hand that they can offer to their clients in order to help deal with the various stresses that we all have to cope with.

This unit is therefore divided into two parts. The first part covers the history and basics of various psychotherapeutic models (the origins of psychotherapeutic intervention, psychotherapeutic intervention today, psychodynamic practice, humanistic practice, transpersonal practice and cognitive-behavioural practice) together with the different theories relating to the stress trauma response such as the polyvagal theory and Jungian personal theory. You will learn about the role of the therapeutic process, how to assess and relieve the stress-trauma manifestation, as well as psychotherapeutic strategies to implement in practice.

The second part covers the stress response in more detail and the impact of stress on the physical body and its role in chronic disease. You will learn how to identify and treat adrenal fatigue, how to monitor and support stress levels, the role of flower remedies and aromatherapy. The section ends with information about different constitutional types (the four temperaments of Greek medicine, Jungian personality types, Myers Briggs, David Keirsey’s personality types and the Enneagram).

Psychosocial skills Course 

Units: 1
Study Hours: 100
Credits: 10
Time: Estimated 2 months (timing up to you)
Enrolment period: 4 months (with option to extend)
Books: Purchased separately
Certification: Certificate in Psychosocial skills
Study Options: 
E-learning (online) or Correspondence (paper)

Aims of the course

  • To provide a basic understanding of the history of psychology
  • To provide a basic understanding of the different schools of thought in psychoanalysis
  • To provide tools to assess stress levels in your clients
  • To provide an in-depth look at the effects of emotional stress on the physical body
  • To understand how stress impacts the central nervous system, endocrine system and immune system
  • To introduce simple psychoneuroimmunology concepts
  • To provide detailed information about adrenal fatigue: how to test for it and how to support clients suffering from it
  • To understand the impact of stress upon the adrenals and thyroid glands
  • To introduce various personality typing concepts

Why study Psychosocial skills?

Psychosocial skills are required in order to be a registered Naturopath. Stress is probably the most predominant factor in all disease processes and knowledge of how to help your clients deal with their stress levels is of paramount importance in any holistic medical practice. In this module you will learn about the history of psychology and the different schools of psychoanalysis that have developed in the last century, including basic information about the polyvagal theory. The second part of the module looks at the effects of stress upon our physical and emotional states in depth, including adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalances. Tools for assessing and monitoring stress levels together with various personality typing protocols are included to enhance your skills in this area of practice.




Learn about the history of psychology and the different schools of psychoanalysis.