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Both Counselling and Psychotherapy practised interchangeably, but there is a slight difference between these two. Although, they both play a vital role in diagnosing mental health problems.

This [course_title] explores the history of understandings of ‘mental health’ and ‘illness’ in the present time with a focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression. Learn the approaches that counsellor or psychotherapist applied to help you cope with feelings, and understand change behaviour patterns that may contribute to your mental health symptoms.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer need to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Open Learn

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:10:00
The complexities around diagnosing mental illness 00:15:00
Current western diagnostic systems and their history 00:25:00
Problems with diagnostic classifications 00:20:00
The survival of diagnosis 00:10:00
Focus on ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ 00:15:00
Losses and gains of diagnosis 00:10:00
Working without diagnosis 00:15:00
The politics of diagnosis and formulation 00:15:00
Mixed messages from psychotherapies 00:10:00
Conclusions 00:05:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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