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Psychcast

For students studying Units 3 and 4 VCE Psychology

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 13

models of behaviour change with reference to the transtheoretical model including the stages of pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance/relapse.

13mins

28 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 12

resilience as a positive adaption to adversity including the relative influence of protective factors with reference to: adequate diet and sleep (biological); cognitive behavioural strategies (psychological); support from family,friends and community (social)

12mins

26 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 11

evidence-based interventions and their use for specific phobia with reference to: the use of short-acting anti-anxiety benzodiazepine agents (gamma-amino butyric acid [GABA] agonists) in the management of phobic anxiety and relaxation techniques including breathing retraining and exercise (biological); the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and systematic desensitisation as psychotherapeutic treatments of phobia (psychological); psychoeducation for families/supporters with reference to challenging unrealistic or anxious thoughts and not encouraging avoidance behaviours (social).

16mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 10

the relative influences of contributing factors to the development of specific phobia with reference to: gamma- amino butyric acid (GABA) dysfunction, the role of stress response and long-term potentiation (biological); behavioural models involving precipitation by classical conditioning and perpetuation by operant conditioning, cognitive bias including memory bias and catastrophic thinking (psychological); specific environmental triggers and stigma around seeking treatment (social)

20mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 9

the distinctions between stress, phobia and anxiety; variation for individuals with stress, phobia and anxiety on a mental health continuum

7mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 8

the concept of cumulative risk.

10mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 7

the influence of social risk factors including disorganised attachment, loss of a significant relationship and the role of stigma as a barrier to accessing treatment

11mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 6

the influence of psychological risk factors including rumination, impaired reasoning and memory, stress and poor self-efficacy

11mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 5

the influence of biological risk factors including genetic vulnerability to specific disorders, poor response to medication due to genetic factors, poor sleep and substance use

8mins

25 Oct 2017

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Unit 4 AOS 2: Dot point 4

the distinction between predisposing risk factors (increase susceptibility), precipitating risk factors (increase susceptibility and contribute to occurrence), perpetuating risk factors (inhibit recovery) and protective factors (prevent occurrence or re-occurrence)

13mins

25 Oct 2017

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