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Depression Counsellor Diploma Course

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What You'll Learn from the Depression Counsellor Diploma Course

This 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. Covering 5 distinct areas within the topic of depression, these being: the causes, types, medications, complementary alternative therapies used and counselling approaches.

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 ...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1 - What Causes Depression?
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: What Causes Depression?
  • Part 3: Depression and the Brain
  • Part 4: Stress
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2 - Different Types of Depression
  • Part 1: Types of Depression
  • Part 2: Cyclothymia
  • Part 3: Dysthymia
  • Part 4: Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Part 5: Therapy for Acute Grief Counselling 
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3 - Different Types of Medicine
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Medication
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4 - Complementary Alternative Therapies
  • Part 1: Alternative Therapies
  • Part 2: Tai Chi, Qigong and Acupuncture 
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5 - Counselling Approaches to Depression
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2:  Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Part 3: Humanistic Rogerian Person Centered Therapy
  • Part 4: Psychodynamic Counselling - Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Part 5: Managing Depression Using Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Part 6: The Foundations of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Part 7: Managing Depression with Behavioural Techniques:
  • Part 8: Cognitive Hypnotherapy as a treatment for Depression
  • Part 9:  Hypnotherapy Confidence, Relaxation vs Tiredness and Anxiety 
  • Part 10 Present Life Regression – Letting go of the Past 
  • Part 11: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder script
  • Part 12: Gestalt Therapy as a treatment for Depression 
  • Part 13: The Therapeutic Relationship 
  • Module 5 Assessment
Depression Counsellor Diploma Course

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.


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. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

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.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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