Certificate of Achievement

Emma Hughes

has completed the following course:

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

University of Reading

This course explored anxiety and depression; dispelling common myths and stereotypes around these disorders. It also explored how CBT targets the vicious cycles which keep these difficulties going, by sharing the expertise of CBT therapists and patients who have experienced CBT first hand.

5 weeks, 3 hours per week

Educators

Professor Shirley Reynolds

Director of The Charlie Waller Institute

University of Reading

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the key signs and symptoms of depression and identify how a depressive disorder differs from simply feeling low or down
  • Describe how a depressive disorder is diagnosed and identify an appropriate assessment tool
  • Describe the key signs and symptoms of the most frequently occurring anxiety disorders and identify how anxiety disorders differ from simply feeling worried or nervous
  • Describe how anxiety disorders are diagnosed and identify an appropriate assessment tool
  • Identify the most common stereotypes surrounding anxiety and depression and evaluate them on the basis of current knowledge
  • Describe how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be delivered and identify the types of difficulties that it can help with
  • Summarise how what we know about perception (making sense of the world around us) can help us to understand the CBT approach better
  • Identify the key components of a Cognitive Behavioural approach to understanding anxiety and depression
  • Describe how specific kinds of behaviours and thought pattern can maintain difficulties in anxiety and depression and identify key CBT techniques which are used to address these in therapy

Syllabus

  • Week 1 provided an introduction to how we perceive the world around us and how this relates to the Cognitive Behavioural approach to anxiety and depression. It explored how CBT can be delivered and the types of difficulties if can help.
  • Week 2 looked at depression within a CBT framework, exploring what depression is (and is not) as well as highlighting commonly held myths and stereotypes around depression.
  • Week 3 explored anxiety within a CBT framework. It covered the function and positive role of ‘normal’ anxiety exploring the difference between ‘normal’ anxiety and anxiety disorders.
  • Week 4 focused on how behaviour changes in anxiety and depression, how these changes can maintain difficulties and how CBT techniques are used in therapy to address them.
  • Week 5 focused on ‘cognitions’ or thoughts; specifically the types of thoughts which commonly occur in anxiety and depression, how they maintain difficulties and what CBT techniques are used in therapy to address them.

Issued on 17th October 2016

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