Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Depression (Online)

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Part-Time: May 02, 2023 – July 18, 2023

Schedule: Webinars will be held Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm PST

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Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. This course explores the connection between depressive symptomatology and foundational brain structure, brain chemistry, hormonal and genetic components. Students will understand how depression looks different at different life stages and differentiate between mild to severe conditions. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), one of the most effective evidence-based treatments, will be explored and applied in treating depression and reducing risk of suicidal ideation and behaviour.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Define depression
  • Differentiate between types of depression disorders
  • Understand firsthand the signs and symptoms of depression
  • Explain the chemicals in the brain and how an imbalance alters mood and brain function
  • Describe what depression looks like throughout the lifespan, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and late adulthood
  • Explain how hormone changes affect mood, i.e., during pregnancy, menopause and thyroid conditions.
  • Identify the physiological response to depression, and how individual brain structures can predispose someone to depression
  • Explain the genetic contributors to depression
  • Identify the therapeutic and medicinal treatments for depression
  • Outline the techniques of CBT used to treat depression

Admission Requirements



Subject to change without notice

Patricia Ward

Patricia Ward began her journey into social services at 12 years old after volunteering one summer at a local institution with children that had disabilities. Her education includes a Developmental Services Worker Diploma, Bachelor of Social Work, and Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

For over 30 years, Patricia has worked in a variety of social service positions. She started in the disability field and has worked in education, residential and day services, childcare, and clinical case management. After leaving the disability field, she worked in child protection and mental health. She currently works as a career counsellor with single parents on social assistance.

Patricia has been a college instructor at a private vocational college for over five years and enjoyed it so much that she started working towards her certificate in adult learning. She believes that trained workers are the key to positive change in the social services field. Patricia is starting her own business as a Transformational Trauma-Informed coach helping clients heal through career changes and travel experiences. She heads outside for hiking or paddleboarding in her spare time, and her dream is to travel to as many countries as possible in the next ten years.

Jackie Kamrowski

Jackie’s passion for education began in her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis-Autism and continued throughout her Master’s of Applied Psychology. As a Registered Psychologist, Jackie specializes in psychoeducational assessments, and individual and couples’ therapy. Jackie started her career working with children and families with autism, which led her to work for over 6 years in the school system providing behavioural support as well as assessment and counselling services to ages 3 years old to 18 years old. Jackie now runs a successful private practice. When not working, Jackie is with her family, baking, spending time outdoors, travelling, or enjoying a delicious latte.




  • May 02, 2023 – July 18, 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • The Empire of Depression. Johnathan Sadowsky. Polity. 2020. ISBN: 9781509531660, 1509531661


The registration fee for this course is $899.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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