Course Agenda

    1. Instructions

    1. Pretest Instructions

    2. Pretest

    1. Course Overview

    1. Introduction

    2. Print Posttest Study Guide

    3. The Biopsychosocial Nature of Depression

    4. Case Vignette: Distinguishing Clinical Depression from Bereavement

    5. Neuroplasticity, Behaviorceuticals, and Effort-Driven Rewards

    6. Neuroscience and Treatment Planning

    7. Required Video: Improving Our Neuroplasticity (19:41 minutes)

    1. Physical Exercise

    2. Other Physical Activity

    3. Required Video: The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise (13:02 minutes)

    4. Optional Video: Neuroscientist Explains the Best Exercise to Improve Brain Function (1:39 minutes)

    5. Public Education Materials Regarding Physical Activity

    6. Case Vignette: Incorporating Physical Activity into a Client's Treatment Process

    1. Reducing Depression through Improved Sleep

    2. Sleep Hygiene

    3. Hypersomnia

    4. Public Education Materials Regarding Improved Sleep

About this course

  • $18.00
  • 31 lessons

Course Details

Course Description

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.

Target Audience

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.

Learning Objectives

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.

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