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The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy
This free course, The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy, explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems. It considers the history of our current understandings of 'mental health' and 'illness' with a focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression, and looks at potential gains and losses in using diagnostic labels in counselling and psychotherapy.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you will be able to:
- describe how views of mental health problems have changed over time
- explain current classification systems of psychopathology
- explore the costs and benefits of psychiatric diagnosis to different interest groups, particularly counselors and psychotherapists and their clients
- consider the potentials and pitfalls of diagnosis versus formulation in relation to fear and sadness.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 The complexities around diagnosing mental illness
- 2 Current western diagnostic systems and their history
- 3 Problems with diagnostic classifications
- 4 The survival of diagnosis
- 5 Focus on ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’
- 6 Losses and gains of diagnosis
- 7 Working without diagnosis
- 8 The politics of diagnosis and formulation
- 9 Mixed messages from psychotherapies
- 10 Conclusions
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Level 1: Introductory
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