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How Understanding the Neuroscience of Depression Can Improve Outcomes

Recent research shows that when patients suffering from depression are taught about the neurobiological underpinnings of the disorder they benefit from reduced stigma and improve optimism. Conversely, holding certain incorrect beliefs about the neuroscience of depression can get in the way of improvement. Unfortunately, therapists and mental health professionals have not historically been expected to learn about the neuroscience of depression. In this recording, you’ll learn about the importance of communicating the neuroscience of depression to your clients, and more importantly how to do it.


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Alex Korb, Ph.D.
1 Hour 19 Minutes
Dec 03, 2020
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Alex Korb, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist, writer and coach. He has studied the brain for over 15 years and is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He received a BS in Neuroscience at Brown University, before earning a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA. His dissertation focused on measuring electrical activity in the brain to better understand and treat depression. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCLA where his research focuses on neuroimaging and the development of a novel brain stimulation device. He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on the neuroscience of psychiatric disorders.

His popular blog on has over a million views. He speaks around the country on neuroscience and has appeared on radio shows and podcasts worldwide. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.


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Financial: Alexander Korb is an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alexander Korb has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Determine issues for using the “chemical imbalance” explanation of depression.
  2. Analyze challenges with genetic risk for depression.
  3. Appraise scientifically valid models of depression.


  • The importance of understanding how the brain is malleable and can be reshaped 
  • The mistakes therapists make when talking about the genetics of depression 
  • The issues with common analogies for depression 
  • Key points in the neuroscience basics of depression

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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