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The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy

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The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy


Please note: This is course is due to be archived on Wednesday 8th December. You can study the course up until this date. For learners who have completed the course, the Statement of Participation will remain in your learner records in your OpenLearn profile.


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 should 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.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 30/05/2019

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