Mood Disorders: Assessment and Treatment > Chapter 1 - What is a Mood Disorder?

Mood Disorders: Assessment and Treatment

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
3 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $15


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CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 3 hours of CE Credit

TEXAS: This course meets the criteria for acceptable continuing education as defined by the Texas State Boards of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers for 3 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 3 continuing education credits/contact hours by:

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000

It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their board regarding specific CE requirements.


CE Course Description

This course provides guidelines for the psychosocial assessment and treatment of mood disorders. The historical evolution of assessment and treatment are discussed, in addition to the current diagnostic criteria and treatment. Disorders are differentiated from each other based on symptoms, and the physical / psychopharmalogical issues are considered

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
  • Differentiate between the various types of mood disorders coming from the branches of depression and bipolar disorders.
  • Identify and recognize the symptoms of various mood disorders.
  • xplain the value of getting treatment for mood disorders.
  • Indicate and use the common procedures for making a psychosocial assessment for mood disorders.
  • Explain the benefits and advantages of psychosocial treatments
  • Use the recommended principles and guidelines for field professionals which help in reducing the stigmatization of individuals undergoing treatment.

CE Course Outline

Target Audiences:  A Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses
Content level: A Intermediate

  • Chapter 1 : What is a Mood Disorder?
    • Mood Disorders: Definition and Histories

  • Chapter 2: Depression and Depressive Disorders
    • Depression: What You Need to Know
    • What is Depression?
    • Grief and Bereavement (Loss)
    • Major Depression Disorder (MDD)
    • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

  • Chapter 3: Bipolar Disorders
    • What is Bipolar Disorder?
    • Features of Bipolar Disorders
    • Depressive Episodes
    • Bipolar I Disorder
    • Bipolar II Disorder
    • Cyclothymic Disorder
    • The Causes of Bipolar Disorder
    • The Bipolar Disorder

  • Chapter 4: Assessment and Treatment
    • Psychosocial Assessment of Mood Disorders
    • Psychosocial and Medical Treatments
    • Depression and Psychosocial Treatments
    • Psychotherapy for Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder Treatment

  • Chapter 5: Conclusion--Reducing the Stigma
    • Therapeutic Alliances
    • Mainstreaming
    • Educating Everyone

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Updated January 2020

Mood Disorders: Assessment and Treatment > Chapter 1 - What is a Mood Disorder?
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