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Depression Counsellor Diploma Course

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Made up of 5 modules, the Depression Counsellor Diploma Course gives students the knowledge they need to begin a career or go on to further study in the area of counselling for depression. Course participants will be exposed to information covering 5 distinct areas of study within the topic of depression, these being: the causes, types, medications, complementary alternative therapies used in treatment, and the largest area of the course, counselling approaches.

The end of each module of the course provides students with a further reading list related to the area they have just learned about and assessment questions to ensure understanding.

What You'll Learn from the Depression Counsellor Diploma Course

This course guides you through 5 comprehensive modules:

  1. What Causes Depression?
  2. Different Types of Depression
  3. Different Types of Medicine
  4. Complementary Alternative Therapies
  5. Counselling Approaches to Depression

The 1st module of the course goes deep into what the causes of depression are: including the emotional changes, psychological changes to the brain, and the environmental factors that can lead to depression. Also discussed are the diseases and illnesses related to depression, risk factors, and how analysing sleep patterns/problems can help a counsellor ascertain the kind of depression an individual has.

‘Depression’ is not standalone diagnosis, as the term covers numerous types of the condition, with a varying scale of severity. This is the topic covered in the Depression Counsellor Diploma Course’s 2nd module, which takes a look at the various depression rating scales and how they subdivide depressive episodes and symptoms into levels of affliction. From here the module teaches students about depression types and the symptoms of each.

To treat imbalances of chemicals in the brain it is common practice for those in the medical profession to prescribe medication for the various types of depression, though this is to treat the symptoms of the condition, using other techniques to help sufferers with the underlying cause of their condition. The 3rd module guides students through the various types of medications used, including the daily doses and possible side effects of each. The module also looks at some statistics concerning the use of antidepressants in the USA and UK.

Working alongside medication, or even on its own, another effective treatment in combating depression is the use of complementary alternative therapies. Module 4 discusses various therapies and lifestyle changes that can help those with depression to feel empowered in regaining control of their mental well-being through their involvement in constructive activities and life style management choices.

The 5th module of the Depression Counsellor Diploma Course actually makes up almost 2 thirds of the course. Here students will learn about the wide array of therapeutic approaches used to help patients to manage their depression: from commonly accepted and widely applied practices, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (often abbreviated to ‘CBT’), to more recent developments in the area, and even some combinations of practices.

This approach gives students the knowledge of the applications, modalities and techniques of each therapy type, along with suggestions for further reading, to further increase understanding in particular areas. The module acts as a guide to the therapies available, so the best type of therapy can be chosen for individual clients and also to increase awareness, so that students can go on to take courses and develop in specific areas of therapy.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Depression Counsellor Diploma Course is ideal for students who wish to begin a career in counselling, with a focus on depression, and for those who already work in the community, caring for others, and would like to expand their knowledge within this common, but often misunderstood, topic.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Depression Counsellor Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: What Causes Depression?

  • Introduction
  • Melancholy and the History of Counselling
  • Signs of Depression
  • Depression and the Brain
  • Depression and Neurons
  • Stress
  • Environmental and Health Factors
  • Depression and Sleep disorders
  • Somatic Symptoms
  • Risk Factors
  • Module 1 Assessment Questions

Module 2: Different Types of Depression

  • Classifying Depression & Different Classification Methods
  • Cyclothymia
  • Depression and Creative Minds
  • Dysthymia, Pre-Menstral Dysphoric Disorder, Atypical Depression
  • Bi-Polar/ Manic Depression
  • Anti-natal & Post Partum Depression
  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Dysthymia in Children & Adolescents
  • Depression & the Elderly
  • Pychosocial & Health Factors in the Elderly
  • Module 2 Assessment Questions

Module 3: Different Types of Medicine

  • Neurogenesis
  • Monoamine Oxydase Inhibitors
  • Serotonine Syndrome
  • Selective Serotonine reuptake Inhibitors
  • Tyramine
  • Medication Statistics and Doctors in the UK & USA
  • Module 3 Assessment Questions

Module 4: Complementary Alternative Therapies

  • Lifestyle Management, Diet, Exercise, Meditation
  • St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Tai Chi, Qigong
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Art Therapy & Music Therapy
  • Module 4 Assessment Questions

Module 5: Counselling Approaches to Depression

  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Family or Couples Therapy
  • Stepped Care
  • Psychodynamic/Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Rational Emotiive Behavioural Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • The Therapuetic Relationship
  • Knowledge and Qualities necessary to a Counsellor
  • Module 5 Assessment Questions

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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