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Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach

Author: Cory Frank Newman et al.

Course Created: 2002

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder from a cognitive behavioral perspective. The relationship between cognitive therapy and pharmacotherapy is examined and many techniques for the management of hypomania and mania are presented. Also discussed are ways of incorporating families into the treatment process.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic, Epidemiologic, Etiologic, and Prognostic Issues
  2. The Role of Cognition in Bipolar Disorder and its Treatment
  3. Moderating Mania and Hypomania
  4. Clinical Management of Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicidality in Bipolar Disorder
  5. Pharmacotherapy in the Context of Cognitive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
  6. Bipolar Disorder and the Family
  7. Stigma, Loss, and Acceptance
  8. Cognitive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder in Action: The Case of "Carlos"
  9. Epilogue: Future Directions

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Describe cognitive techniques used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Explain the clinical management of depression and suicidality.
  • Describe psychopharmacological treatments of bipolar disorder.
  • Identify family therapy treatment strategies for bipolar disorder.
  • Discuss stigma, loss, and acceptance for the bipolar patient.


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