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Course textbook:

Healy, David. Psychiatric Drugs Explained, 6th edition.Elsevier, 2016.

UK students will receive a free copy of this textbook. Students outside the UK will need to acquire their own copy.

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Diploma in
Psychiatric Drugs Awareness
for Counsellors, Mental Health Workers and Complementary Therapists

(Upgraded from our previous Certificate in Psychiatric Drugs Awareness course with new text and updated information)

Distance Learning Course Details

 May 2017 - This course has been revised and upgraded


   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
   Course approved by ACCPH (see link in left-hand column). 

Total recommended period of study: approx. 3 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 245.00

Method of study: 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on the set textbook. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course description and syllabus

This course explains what types of psychiatric drugs may be prescribed for different mental health disorders, the risks versus benefits of the medication, and how patients cope with different drug regimes. Brief up-to-date details are given of each disorder so this unit also acts as a guide to the field of mental illness. Sections on "user issues" are included to brief people about possible side effects and other concerns. There is also background information about the pharmaceutical industry, how it researches and markets its drugs, the science behind drug research, and the debate about responsible versus haphazard prescribing and the use of psychoactive drugs on children. Anyone concerned about or needing to be informed about the use of prescribed drugs for mental health issues, and needing more information, will benefit from this course.

Topics include:

Brief descriptions of how drugs work

Brief introductions to various mental health problems

How the following conditions are managed:
Psychoses (including schizophrenia)
Bipolar Disorder
Children's mental health problems
Sleep disorders/insomnia
Dementia and cognitive impairment
Sexual problems

Plus additional material on:

Dependent and withdrawal
Side-effects (with questionnaires)
Legal issues (consent, liability)
Abuse of psychiatric drugs
Marketing of psychiatric drugs
Ethics and the drug industry
Problems with drug research

Entry Criteria:  Open entry.


This course will be of interest to counsellors, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, complementary practitioners, volunteers and others who come into contact with people taking psychiatric drugs, as well as all those who care for mental health patients and for people who have been prescribed medication for mental health conditions.  Those who study this course will be better able to understand the applications and risks of psychiatric drugs and to discuss their use with other people involved including doctors. If you are a therapy tutor/trainer, this course will give you the knowledge to incorporate a module on psychiatric drugs in your syllabus.

The course will also benefit students who are hoping to apply to university to study nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical psychology, social work, etc. since you will be able to talk about your knowledge at interview.

Important statement

The course is offered for educational and professional development purposes only. Only medical doctors and other qualified professionals (e.g. nurse practitioners) can diagnose, prescribe drugs or advise patients about their medication. Patients, carers and counsellors/therapists studying this course will be better informed to discuss psychoactive medication, to understand what the patient is taking, its possible effects and the implications for therapy, and to help patients have the confidence to consult their doctors  if it is believed further medical advice is needed concerning their diagnosis, the drugs they are taking or if there might be a drug that could help their condition. Nobody should stop taking prescribed drugs without a doctor's advice and help. Abruptly stopping or reducing dosage of a prescribed drug can be dangerous.


Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Psychiatric Drugs Awareness.

The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.

The course is approved by ACCPH (see societies page for explanation).

Please see our FAQs page for general information.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.

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