Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Depression (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    24 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

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Part Time: Dates to be announced

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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


Live Online

Part Time:

  • Dates to be announced
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • Handbook of Depression, Third Edition. Edited by: Ian Gotlib & Constance Hammen. Publisher: The Guilford Press. Print ISBN: 9781462524167, 1462524168, eText ISBN: 9781462516452, 1462516459


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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