10 free online courses from January (2017)

We are at a time when, in order to stay in the labor market, it is necessary to constantly renew and train. Today, having a career or a master’s degree is a necessary but generally insufficient condition for obtaining a job.

In addition to experience, specialization and diversity of knowledge are rewarded. And staying trained is not only important in the workplace, but also enriches the psyche, makes us see things in new perspectives and even encourages the maintenance of intellectual capacities, strengthening. This is why in this article we present a series of online courses that start or can take place during this month of January.

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10 classes to start the year

New year new life. To start this 2017 with dynamism and restart the spirit after the excesses of Christmas, we have selected a few courses related to psychology and humanities starting throughout this month.

Most of them are free or only require a small expense for the corresponding certificate.

1. Psychological first aid course (PAP)

  • Autonomous University of Barcelona

This is a recurring course of free online training recommendations, one of the most successful today. This is a five-week on-demand course offered in Spanish (although the audio of the videos is in English) by the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Crisis Center.

This course allows you to acquire the skills to apply psychological first aid in emergency situations, Whether personal or community. He is trained to prepare scenarios in which to interact with people affected by these situations and their loved ones to apply first aid in situations of great stress and tension.

2. The keys to people management

  • IESE Business School

This course, which begins January 9 and lasts five weeks, focuses on the area of ​​human resources, Providing training in multiple key aspects for working in the management of organizations. Skills management, selection processes, recruitment, evaluation, promotion and remuneration are the topics covered during the course. It is offered by the IESE Business School, in Spanish.

3. The addict’s brain

  • Emory University

Addiction to different types of substances has been common throughout history and remains a problem today. This is why in this course offered in English by Emory University, which begins on January 23, it is about working on the different types of drugs, their effects on the brain, the disorders and alterations they cause. and ways to treat those with eating disorders substances.

4. Computational neuroscience

  • Washington University

How neurons encode and decode information, how neural networks learn and how brain plasticity influences the whole process are essential elements in describing how the nervous system processes information. This English course, offered by the University of Washington, focuses on explaining and providing information on these and other topics related to computational neuroscience.

5. Visual perception and the brain

  • duke university

The vision is one of the senses that the human being has the most developed, being largely dependent on its good adaptation to the environment and a major handicap its absence or its loss. Throughout this course starting January 26, it is explored how the visual system works and how our brain is able to represent and work with elements such as color, shapes, lights, spaces or the visual capture of movement.

6. Cultural representations of sexualities

  • Autonomous University of Barcelona

Sexuality is a complex dimension of the human being which, throughout history, has been treated in various ways in different cultures. Gender, sexual orientation and identity are analyzed through different cultural media and representations such as cinema or literature in this course in Spanish offered by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

7. Introduction to family therapy

  • IASE: Advanced Institute of Health and Education

The family is one of the most important areas of life, in which we have started development and in which we generally have our main references. The family greatly marks the type of development that the child and the later adult will have. In this course based on systems theory Different ways of working with different types of family environments and their particularities are presented.

IASE offers the possibility of taking only one of its free courses per student, so it is recommended to consult the available courses in order to choose the one that best suits our needs.

8. Brain analysis: everyday neurobiology

  • University of Chicago

Behavior, thought, emotion, perception … all of this is regulated by our nervous system. Understand how this system works and how it communicates with the rest of the body is the goal of this course offered by the University of Chicago. Entirely in English, throughout it is visualized the neuroanatomy of different senses and processes (whether perceptual, motor or even cognitive) as well as how body homeostasis is regulated or how neural communication occurs.

9. Sexuality … much more than sex

  • University of the Andes

A four-week introductory course offered in Spanish is aimed particularly at educators and educators, as well as parents and healthcare professionals. The content of this course enables those studying it to explain basic concepts such as sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity in an understandable way, and how the experience of these concepts can be variable and go well beyond simple physical contact.

10. Introduction to psychoexpression

  • IASE: Advanced Institute of Health and Education

Applicable in the field of education and clinical practice, psychoexpression bases its action on the emission of the creative facet, releasing the emotional and mental blockages of students and patients through recreational activities and in those who can express inner worries and fears, integrate humanism and art therapy. This short introductory course shows us the basics and the means to put this branch of psychology into practice.

IASE offers the possibility of taking only one of its free courses per student, so it is advisable to consult the available courses in order to choose the one that best meets our needs.

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