Course Profile

Course Profile: Anxiety and Depression (1-2 Days)
Experiencing anxiety and ‘low’ mood are ‘normal’ experiences. Some people however, experience these emotions to such a degree that their ability to function is impaired. Mood Disorders can not only devastate the lives of those concerned but those around them as well. A ‘pull yourself together’ attitude can be most unhelpful and indeed increase the person’s despair, fragility and risk. This course aims to raise awareness of the various conditions and as a result help support workers consider appropriate support strategies.
The course is informed by the DSM (IV) and material from NIMH, SANE, RCP, MHF and MIND.
This course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing)
The course provides some knowledge for
Care certificate: 5, 6, 9
NHS KSF: Core 1.3, HWB4.3, HWB5.3
QCF: HSC31, CMH301, CMH302
The course supports the Social Care Commitment
The course is designed for all Health and Social Care staff working with Adults in all settings.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Definitions of Depression and Anxiety and the relationship between the two
  • The different types of Mood Disorders, including, Reactive Depression, Endogenous Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Phobias
  • Vulnerability, causation, prognosis
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • The impact on the individual's life and those around them
  • The Medical Model & treatments (incl. medication)
  • Other support available incl. Talking therapies, Physical therapies, Creative work, CBT etc
  • Protection issues
  • Suicide risk; assessment and management*
  • What Health and Social Care workers can do to support the individual
  • Motivation and promoting the maintenance of life skills
  • Supporting the person's dignity
  • Avoiding collusive responses
  • The importance of knowing our limitations
  • When to refer on and to whom
  • The need for Supervision and Team Work
  • Resources to support the work
* Please note that due to time constraints and the very full course programme, the important issue of suicide will not be explored with any depth. It is strongly recommended that articipants attending this course also attend a specific Suicide course.

Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Practice study, Handouts, Discussion, Word shower method, Small groups