Introduction to Bipolar and Depressive Disorders in Adults

Introduction to Bipolar and Depressive Disorders in Adults 

This course will help you recognize the symptoms and difficulties that people with depressive and bipolar disorders may experience. Mood disorders are common, and it is likely that you will encounter these issues in your work with clients. By learning about the symptoms and treatment options for these mood disorders, you can help deliver more empathic care and facilitate access to appropriate interventions for the people you serve. A series of interactive vignettes will help guide you through this course. Although children and adolescents can also experience these mood disorders, this course will focus on these problems in adults.


Hours: 1.75


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-BDDA
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Discuss symptoms and difficulties that people with major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorders may experience.
List the types of medications used to treat people with depressive and bipolar disorders.
Describe the basic concepts of psychotherapeutic and other interventions used to treat people with depressive and bipolar disorders.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: An Overview of Mood Disorders A. Meet Lance B. Overview C. The Impact of Mood Disorders D. Section Summary Section 3: Depressive Disorders A. Overview B. Major Depressive Disorder C. Major Depressive Disorder in Older Adults D. Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) E. Depressive Disorders vs. Bipolar Disorders F. Meet Glenda G. Section Summary Section 4: Bipolar and Related Disorders A. Overview B. What Is Mania? C. Understanding Mood Symptoms D. Bipolar I Versus Bipolar II Disorder E. Quick Check F. Psychotic Symptoms and Mood Disorders G. Substance Use and Mood Disorders H. Mood Disorders and Suicide I. Non-Suicidal Self-Injury J. Meet Kelley K. Section Summary Section 5: Working with People Who Have Mood Disorders A. The Challenges of Mood Disorders B. Treatment Options for Depressive Disorders C. Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorders D. Other Helpful Approaches E. Meet Richard F. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D.
With over 15 years of experience practicing and researching psychotherapy interventions, Dr. Singley specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, and depression using evidence-based therapy modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He also specializes in men’s issues with a particular emphasis on parenthood. Dr. Singley attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies and earned his Ph.D. with a doctoral minor in Industrial/Organization Psychology from the nation’s top-ranked Counseling Psychology program at the University of Maryland. During his doctoral studies, he was highly involved in clinical research funded by the National Science Foundation. He completed a Clinical Internship at the University of California, San Diego followed by a clinical research Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and the La Jolla Veterans Administration Veterans Military Research Foundation. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Positive Psychology and serves on the San Diego Psychological Association’s Board of Directors. He regularly presents at professional conferences both nationally and internationally, and has published his research in a variety of peer-reviewed publications. Disclosure: Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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