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Depression: The Therapist's Toolkit

7 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $69.00

Developed by Garry Cooper, LCSW.

Course includes the work of Duncan and Miller from Talkingcure.com

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

Most therapists still believe that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants, and that depression is caused by low serotonin levels. Are you lagging way behind the research too? There are different causes for depression and many more proven effective treatments. If you're relying on only one or two treatments, then you're probably going to help only about 2/3 of your depressed clients - and you'll make things worse for some of them. To competently treat depression, today's therapists should have a broad understanding of its symptoms and causes and have different treatments in their toolkit.

This basic course is composed of five sections and includes the work of Duncan and Miller from Talkingcure.com. The first section provides a general overview of depression's symptoms and traditional treatments. The second section provides detailed traditional treatment guidelines. The third section examines the issues and controversies surrounding antidepressant medications. The fourth section describes the surprising incidence of depression among pregnant women and new mothers and how it can affect infants. The fifth section describes newer therapies and treatments for depression. The final section describes additional resources for further information and self-help resources for your clients.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify the symptoms of depression.

2.    Define treatment guidelines for various kinds of depression.

3.    Identify the limitations of published research on antidepressants.

4.    Identify the side effects of antidepressant medications.

5.    More carefully conduct screenings of new mothers and children for depression.

6.    Review effective treatments, including some alternative medical treatments.

7.    Assemble self-help resources for depressed clients.

Course Syllabus

Defining the disease

  • Basic behavioral definitions and descriptions
  • Differences between infant, child/adolescent and adult depression
  • Psychodynamic view of definitions, symptoms and descriptions
  • Spiritual dimensions of depression; depression as an indicator of growth
  • Physical causes of depression

Treatment guidelines

  • Decision-tree guidelines for treating children and adolescents
  • Recommended treatments from National Institute of Mental Health
  • Specific antidepressant medications: mechanisms, side effects, interactions
  • Addressing the physical cause of depression

Antidepressants: do the benefits outweigh the side effects?

  • The Kirsch study: are antidepressants more effective than placebo?
  • How research can slant the results: critically examining research
  • Withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants

Depression among pregnant women and post partum depression

  • Prevalence rates
  • How new mothers' depression affects infants

Recent effective psychotherapies and treatments

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Process-experiential therapy
  • Behavior Activation therapy
  • Exercise & Other alternative approaches

Additional Resources

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