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Psychological Approaches – The Humanistic Approach

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About the Course

This course, by Dr Cathal O’Siochru (Liverpool Hope University), explores the humanistic approach to psychology. In the first module, we think about the origin of humanistic psychology, as a response to behaviourism and psychoanalysis. In the second module, we think about the theories of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs. In the third module, we think about how self-actualisation acts as a goal for people to strive towards. Next, we think about Rogerian theories, of Carl Rogers, including his idea of unconditional positive regard. In the fifth and final module, we think about the client- or student-centred approach to therapy and teaching respectively.

Trigger warning // School shootings (module 2).

About the Lecturer

Dr Cathal O’Siochru is a senior lecturer in education studies at Liverpool Hope University and has a background in psychology, research methods and education. Dr O’Siochru’s research interests include the psychology of education, epistemological and pedagogical beliefs, and assessment practices. Dr O’Siochru’s recent research includes Action learning: how can it contribute to a collaborative process of pedagogical action research? (2020) and Academic perspectives of metrics: Procedural justice as a key factor in evaluations of fairness (2019).

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