Diploma in Depression Counselling

This diploma course in Depression Counselling will equip you with the concepts and skills required for working more effectively in this field. It is ideal for professionals such as nurses, doctors, teachers, pastors, social workers and counsellors – or for those with an interest in depression counselling.

Specifically, this course is designed to enrich your understanding of the following: counselling depressed clients; understanding depression; acquiring and using basic microskills; the role of medicine and other strategies when working with depressed individuals; the relationship between shame and depression; practising self-compassion; acceptance and commitment therapy; ethics in depression counselling; identifying, challenging and changing clients’ faulty thoughts and beliefs; understanding common cognitive errors; the role of rules in faulty, maladaptive thinking; the role of homework in CBT; the ABC model; how to use CBT constructs and tools such as a DRDT, the Downward Arrow Technique, the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale, Socratic Questioning and Guided Discovery, and the use of self-monitoring and graded task performance..

There is no prior knowledge or experience required to embark on this diploma course. You are free to commence at a time that suits your schedule – and to continue at your pace for a period of 12 months. Full tutor support is provided for this course.

Note: The Online Counselling College uses a Rogerian person-centred approach, and Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model.

Click here for Diploma in Depression Counselling Syllabus

Suggested textbook for the course (to be purchased by the student)
Part 1: Gilbert. P. (2007). Psychotherapy and counselling for depression. (3rd Ed.). London: Sage.
Part 2: Trower, P., Jones, J., Dryden, W., & Casey, A. (2011). Cognitive behavioural counselling in action. SAGE: London.