This course reviews the nature of “behaviorceuticals,” those actions by behavioral health practitioners that support clients in achieving “effort-driven rewards” and taking advantage of the brain’s capacity for neuroplasticity. The focus of this course is the manner in which behaviorceuticals can be effectively used in the treatment of depression by helping psychotherapy clients take the kinds of actions that address the biological aspects of depression and, in turn, effectively reduce depressed mood and enhance a client’s response to “talk therapy.” To complete the courses, participants read online content, view two short web-based video clips, and review three case vignettes before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
This course is designed for social workers and other behavioral health practitioners seeking to enrich their understanding of how to address physical health issues directly related to depressive disorders. The content is especially relevant for practitioners engaged in integrated care and coordinated care services in conjunction with primary care providers.
After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify how neurological changes can be brought about by behavioral changes.
- Identify the relationship between the physical symptoms and mood symptoms of depression.
- Identify how psychotherapists can improve clients’ health by facilitating improved energy level, quality of sleep, and nutrition—all while acting within therapists’ scope of practice.