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Program Overview

ICS Canada’s online Adult Psychology Career Diploma program will provide you with a basic overview of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of adults. With ICS Canada, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you, and earn your Psychology diploma in as little as six  months!¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of psychology and a more specific understanding of the psychological makeup of adults.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Develop more effective personal communication skills in the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, and physical appearance
  • Recognize the psychological aspects of oneself and others
  • Discuss the basic philosophy and approach of psychology, including its purpose, different schools of thought, fields, and applications
  • Describe psychology as a science, the methods and techniques used to obtain knowledge in psychology, and the role of the psychologist/scientist
  • Discuss how the brain and nervous system interact and the basic biological makeup of the person, including behavioral genetics, individual development, systems in the brain, behavior and the nervous system, psychochemistry, states of awareness, brain abnormalities, and paranormal psychology
  • Describe how a person's internal model of the world is directly influenced through perception, memory, language, and thinking
  • Discuss the aspects and stages of personal development of people over the lifespan
  • Discuss the styles and levels of learning and the usual learning sequences, as well as behavioral psychology
  • Describe how emotions and feelings influence a person's behavior and identify the eight basic needs of humans
  • Discuss the factors that make individuals unique, including differences in genetics, upbringing, physique and personality, gender, ability, and intelligence
  • Describe the elements that form a person's personality as well as the types, traits, and theories regarding personality formation
  • Discuss how people interact and behave in groups and the role of nonverbal communication in social interaction
  • Describe normal and abnormal psychological behavior, how a person's psychological reactions become progressively more impaired as mental health suffers, and various approaches to psychological treatment
  • Discuss the ways in which psychology is personal and relevant to the individual as well as real world applications of psychology to manage stress and various types of situations

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Components of communication, defense mechanisms that act as barriers to effective communication; personal traits essential for successful interpersonal relations; components of oral communication; identification of prejudice, discrimination, or insensitivity in the workplace; role of body language in communications.

Instruction Set 2

We Are All Psychologists

Beginning Psychology; Fields and Applications; Historical Aspects; Famous Figures; Influential Movements; Psychology in Everyday Life.

The Psychological Approach

Theory in Psychological Science; The Psychological Point of View; Psychology and Philosophy; Methods in Psychology; Basic Concepts and Processes; Theoretical Approaches.

The Mind and the Brain

Biological Psychology; Behavioural Genetics; Maturation and Development; Brain and Behaviour; Behaviour and the Nervous System; Psychochemistry; Brain Abnormalities; Paranormal Psychology.

Additional Material

Textbook: Psychology and You

Instruction Set 3

Making Sense of Our Surroundings

Cognitive Psychology; Early Experience; Language-Learning; Creativity; Thinking and Decision-Making.

Growing and Changing

Living in Time; Aspects of Development; Stages of Development; Life Span Development.

Psychology and Human Behaviour

Approaches to Learning; Maturation and Learning; Learning in Schools; Effective Learning; Behaviour Modification; Learning Skills; Application of Learning.

The Origins of Need

Emotions and Motivation; Views of Emotion; Happiness as a Goal; Personal and Social Motives; Sex and Behaviour; Stress and Anxiety; Religion and Psychology.

Instruction Set 4

Individual Differences

Individual Differences; Intelligence; Personality Behaviour; Testing and Society; What Makes Us Unique?; The Roots of Individuality.

Elements of Personality

Theoretical Approaches; Images of Man; Sex Differences; Applications in Practice.

The Individual and Society

Basic Concepts of Socialization; Body Language; Interpersonal Processes; Conformity and Deviance; Environmental Psychology; Ideology and Belief.

Abnormal Psychology

Normality and Adjustment; Pressure and Breakdown; Theories and Therapies; Behaviour Changes and Psychotherapy; Psychology and Lifestyle; Health and Well-Being.

Psychology for You

Putting it All Together; Applying and Using Psychology; Consumer Psychology; Future Directions; Resources for Further Learning.


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view an Adult Psychology sample lesson, click here.

Adult Psychology School Details

In ICS Canada’s Adult Psychology online training course you'll cover topics such as:

  • Psychology and human behaviour
  • Elements of personality
  • Abnormal psychology
  • The individual and society
Online adult psychology courses

Here are a few qualities that are effective in the adult psychology setting:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and a good communicator.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada offer career services to its students?

Yes, students have access to career services through Career Cruising as soon as they are enrolled with ICS Canada. Career Cruising offers students with tips on setting up a career portfolio, learning assessments to find the right job fit, and employment guides with interview do’s and don’ts, resume writing tips and more.

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¹ The ICS Canada Adult Psychology Diploma program is for personal understanding and does not lead to any professional licensing. The completion of this diploma-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for a promotion or entry-level employment.