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2-Day: Depression and Mood Disorder Certification Training: New Assessment and Treatment Techniques for Lasting Recovery

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Chris Aiken, MD
14 Hours 49 Minutes
Dec 15, 2020
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Your clients with depression, bipolar, and other mood disorders are counting on you. But successful treatment can feel like an impossible task.

Diagnosis is tricky, first-line treatments often fail, poor treatment compliance and destructive impulsivity feel like the norm, and recurrence seems the rule and not the exception. And you frequently need to work around medication use that comes with serious side effects, but often fails to offer real benefits. The litany of challenges can leave you feeling exhausted, ineffective, and troubled about the potentially devastating outcomes of treatment failure.

This training is exactly what you need to help your clients achieve a fuller recovery from depression and bipolar disorder, all without resorting to potentially risky and ineffective medication use.

Watch depression and mood disorder expert and author Chris Aiken, MD, and get cutting-edge therapeutic techniques, skills, and practical guidance so you can assess for and effectively treat mood disorders better than ever before.  Attend and discover:

  • New assessment tools for your practice – demystify the DSM-5™ for mood disorders
  • The latest psychotherapy techniques including Rumination-Focused CBT, Social Rhythm Therapy and CBT for Insomnia
  • Nutritional psychiatry and the first clinically proven diet to treat depression

Best of all, upon completion of this live training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Depression & Mood Disorders Treatment Professional (CDMDTP) through Evergreen Certifications.
Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of treating depression and other mood disorders in clients. Professional standards apply. Visit for details.

Purchase today and leave confident that your treatment toolbox has the right combination of clinical interventions so your clients can find relief and live the lives they deserve!



This online program is worth 15 hours CPD.



Chris Aiken, MD's Profile

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Chris Aiken, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist whose work focuses on natural and lifestyle approaches to mood disorders. He is the director of the Mood Treatment Center, Editor-in-Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, the bipolar Section Editor for Psychiatric Times, and an instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He hosts the weekly Carlat Psychiatry Podcast with Kellie Newsome, PMH-NP.

Dr. Aiken’s interest in mood disorders came from experience with close friends who suffered from depression. He began his career as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health and went on to complete medical school at Yale and residency at Cornell and Duke Medical Centers. He remains active in research, and his work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and books. He lives in North Carolina with his wife Lisa and twin children, David and Eleanor.


Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Dr. Chris Aiken is the director and founder of the Mood Treatment Center and has employment relationships with WiseMind, Wake Forest University, and the NYUI School of Medicine. He is the Editor-in-chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report and an editor of Psychiatric Times. Dr. Aiken receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Chris Aiken is a member of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. He is the president of the Forsyth County Psychiatric Association and a member of the board for Transformed Minds. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


  1. Conduct a collaborative assessment that avoids the stigma clients often associate with mood diagnoses.
  2. Differentiate among the affective temperaments of dysthymic, cyclothymic, hyperthymic, and irritable types.
  3. Assess how psychological trauma affects mood disorders differently.
  4. Distinguish between borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.
  5. Catalogue the more common cooccurring disorders of the depressed client.
  6. Demonstrate how to create a more effective and practical mood chart for clients to complete as homework.
  7. Analyze how to improve behavioral activation results by incorporating the client’s values.
  8. Evaluate how ruminative thinking drives depression.
  9. Categorize the evidence-base for the Rumination Focused CBT model.
  10. Apply techniques that mange countertransference to mania and depression.
  11. Appraise the therapeutic alliance and ethical issues around including family members in therapy sessions.
  12. Devise an emergency plan with clients and family in readiness for mania, hospitalization and suicidality.
  13. Create an attainable treatment plan that derived from Social Rhythm Therapy.
  14. Summarize the neuroscience of inflammation and insomnia with depression and bipolar disorder.
  15. Integrate the known risks and often contraindicated use of antidepressants in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
  16. Manage behavioral approaches that address medication adherence.


The Mood Spectrum: Diagnosis in the DSM-5™ Era

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Depression with Mixed Features
  • Cyclothymic Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Specifiers: Anxious distress, melancholic, atypical, seasonal & peripartum moods
  • Mania, hypomania, mixed states: How to recognize each
  • Differential diagnosis: Anxiety, addiction, ADHD, eating disorders, substance abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder?

Assessment: Practical Tips, Evidence-Based Tools, and Subclinical Features

  • How to avoid over-diagnosing
  • Evidence-based measures: MINI-7; PHQ-9, MDQ, Bipolarity Index, & Hypomania Checklist
  • Why traditional mood charting doesn’t work – and what to do instead
  • Affective temperaments: Depressive, Hyperthymic, Cyclothymic and Irritable
  • Rumination, cognitive deficits, and early warning signs
  • Conceptualizing mood through the lens of energy, not emotion
  • Classic v. atypical Bipolar Disorder
  • When mood is shaped by trauma


Mood Disorder Must-Haves for Every Treatment Plan

  • Psychoeducation – reduce stigma, identify causes, focus on prevention
  • Psychotherapy – how to match mood with the approach
  • Concrete interventions – create a “menu” the client can choose from
  • Positive psychology: the unique strengths of mood disorders
  • Family therapy – communication skills, boundaries, crisis plans
  • Remediation strategies for building back cognitive skills deficits

Behavioural Activation: More Than Building a Busy Schedule

  • Neuroscience: Turning down the brain’s default mood network
  • Integrating values and meaning in behavioural change
  • How behaviour challenges depressive beliefs
  • Strategies: Opposite action, approach-avoidance, mindful media

Rumination-Focused CBT (RF-CBT)

  • How is RF-CBT different from traditional CBT?
  • Useful v. dysfunctional rumination
  • The benefits of rumination
  • Shift from avoidant rumination to absorbing action
  • The neurobiological basis of RF-CBT
  • Strategies: Chain analysis, habit changing, immersion, mindfulness and compassionate thought

Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)

  • An attachment-based approach to treating mood disorders
  • Preoperational thinking: Why chronic depression is slow to change
  • Positive and negative reinforcement in chronic depression
  • Evidence to support CBASP for chronic depression
  • Strategies: Interpersonal inventory, situational analysis, interpersonal discrimination

Social Rhythm Therapy

  • Therapy with a biological basis
  • Four routines that stabilize the biological clock
  • Circadian rhythms, neurohormones and neuroplasticity
  • Strategies: Brisk awakening, zeitgebers, social rhythm chart

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

  • How a therapy for sleep treats depression
  • Sleep drive and circadian rhythms
  • The vicious cycle of anxiety and insomnia
  • Basic steps: Sleep hygiene
  • Advanced moves: Bed restriction
  • Special situations: Screen time, jet-lag, napping, night owls, and shift work

An Antidepressant Lifestyle

  • Nutrition: The MediMod Diet, probiotics, caffeine, alcohol and sugar
  • Physical Activity: When, where, how much
  • Environment: Dawn simulation, light and dark therapies, nature, music, aromatherapy and air ionization


  • Why a clear diagnosis is crucial before starting any medication
  • Anti-depressants and mood stabilizers: New classes, old standards
  • Benefits, risks, side effects; how to recognize problems
  • How medication impacts therapy: State-dependent learning
  • The Medication Interest Model: A Motivational Interview for Medication Adherence
  • Top supplements for mood disorder
  • Beyond medication: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive Therapy, esKatamine

Crisis Intervention 

  • The therapeutic relationship with the suicidal client
  • A collaborative approach to risk assessment
  • Which symptoms warrant hospitalization?
  • CBT for Suicidality: How therapy can present suicide
  • Strategies: Hope box, coping cards, and distress tolerance skills
  • Emergency planning

Clinical Considerations

  • Countertransference issues in depression and mania
  • Staying within your scope of practice
  • Children and adolescents: DMDD v. Bipolar Disorder
  • Multicultural considerations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Pamela R

"Dr. Aiken was an excellent, interesting, engaging presenter, even for remote participants. He shared lots of most recent research, managed time well, and material was geared toward experienced practitioners rather than reviewing basic information. I REALLY appreciated not coming away from the workshop thinking, "He didn't say anything I didn't already know." I truly learned a great deal. I wish he had spend just a bit of time going over medications, w/a goal of familiarity vs expertise."

Keri C

"I did this via Live Webinar. It does make question flow less satisfactory as a participant but guessing it is just the nature of a webinar; this is my first one. Responses to questions were addressed faster the 2nd day and, I wanted to convey appreciation and usefulness of his responses but didn't want to comment much as it appeared disruptive. I wanted to clarify on one question but thought it would be too challenging/disruptive via a web participant. Best training I have ever attended!"

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