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This course is designed to provide meaningful training and knowledge to therapists and coaches who wish to offer assistance to clients with mood disorders such as Bi-Polar and Borderline Personality Disorder.

The course teaches how to provide complementary support and coaching alongside ongoing medical supervision and intervention, and enables the therapist to understand how to fit into the overall care plan for the client. Therapy standards are related to National Occupational Standards (NOS) where appropriate and this course is SHTC accredited for professional practice.

This course is also suitable for sufferers from Mood disorders, and those providing support or care to sufferers. Therapy models include life coaching, counselling, relaxation therapy, autogenics, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and elements of eastern philosophy. Graduates may call themselves Holistic Therapists or Holistic Life Coaches.

Course Syllabus

What is a mood disorder?

    * Types, Mood states, Mood swings, Mixed mood, Change periods, Inability to handle emotion

Medical treatment and care

    * Medication, Professionals, Danger times – Psychosis – self harm, Referral, Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis

Dangers of inappropriate self medication, the spiral effect

    * Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, illegal drugs, food.

The concept of the care plan

    * Building a package of care and self care. Different package for different states. Appropriate expectations. Being maintainable / sustainable. Mood measurement, Early warning systems, Game Plans.

Self analysis and early warning, CBT methods

    * Check-lists for obsessive thinking. Check-lists for depressed thinking. Using CBT to identify the source of emotions. Tracing emotions back to source. Mindfulness. Watching the mood go by.

CBT - Part 2

CBT - Part 3

Healing NOS - Part 1

Healing NOS - Part  2

Anatomy and Physiology - Part 1

Anatomy and Physiology - Part 2

Healing Relaxation

Healing Preparation

Crystal Healing


Colour Therapy - Part 1

Colour Therapy - Part 2

Colour Therapy - Part 3

Chakra Healing

Japanese Healing Methods Origins

Japanese Healing Methods - Part 1

Japanese Healing Methods - Part 2 (Shiatsu)

Japanese Healing Methods - Part 3 (Shiatsu)

Japanese Healing Methods - Part 4 (Massage)

Basic Nutrition (AHP NOS)

Basic Exercise (AHP NOS)

Japanese Healing Methods - Part 5 (Meditation and Martial Arts)

Counselling Skills - Part 1 (NOS)

Counselling Skills Part - 2 (Explained)

CBT in general emotional cases

CBT in deeper emotional cases

CBT in Mental Health Cases

CBT forms and assessments

Anger management: Types of anger

Anger management: Reasons for anger

Time Management

Life Coaching – Levels of change

Life coaching methods - Part 1 Basic Skills

Life coaching methods - Part 2 Advanced Skills

Life coaching methods - Part 3 Advanced Skills

Life coaching methods - Part 4 Stress and anger management

Life coaching methods - Part 5 Non-specific cases

Life coaching methods - Part 6 Groups, families and mood disorder conversation section

Support networks and professionals: Referral and networking

Setting up in practice as a Coach


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Mood Disorder Management and Coaching Practitioner Diploma

Mood Disorder Management and Coaching Practitioner Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 5 Mood Disorder Management and Coaching Practitioner Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 5 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 360 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

    * All study materials
    * Study Guide
    * Full Tutor and Admin support

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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