The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time

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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling the person into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In this course, the neuroscientist Dr Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression, and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. He translates the newest neuroscience research into the language that can be easily understood by anybody.  Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this online course provides dozens of straightforward tips you can recommend to your clients to do every day in order to rewire the brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.  There isn’t one big solution to depression, but there are numerous simple steps clients can take to alter brain activity and chemistry. Some are as easy as relaxing certain muscles to reduce anxiety, or getting more sunlight to improve the mood. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effects—giving clients the power to become their best selves as they literally reshape their brains, one small change at a time. This course offers an engaging and informative look at the neuroscience behind the emotions, thoughts, and actions that are linked to depression. 


You will find that Dr Korb has provided you with an engaging, accessible, and informative synthesis of the current thinking on depression and its treatment. A cohesive neuroscience perspective is skillfully interwoven with a practical guide to strategies that can both attenuate pathological negative moods, as well as enhance emotional well-being across the clinical spectrum.  If you are a mental health practitioner who wants to learn more about the neuroscience of depression and its treatment, you will find this course super valuable.  More importantly, by introducing this knowledge to your clients, you will accomplish a difficult task of engaging your depressed client into creating the upward spiral out of depression.

  • Clear and engaging explanation of the neuroscience behind depression
  • Newest research on the neuroscience of depression and its treatment
  • Practical guide to strategies that can reshape the brain
  • Concrete steps to lead your client in the upward spiral out of depression


Note: One of the sessions in this course is repeated in Dr Korb’s short online course The Upward Spiral for Managing Stress: Using Neuroscience to Reduce Stress and Enhance Wellbeing

Alex Korb, PhD, is a neuroscientist, writer, and coach. He has studied the brain for over 20 years, and is the bestselling author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time which was translated into many languages. He earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and then later completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on depression, neuromodulation, and other topics. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA in the department of psychiatry and bio-behavioural sciences as well as vice-president of research and development for BrainSonix.


Outside of the lab he writes a popular blog on how the tendencies of your brain can ruin or enrich your life. As a speaker, he educates, motivates, and inspires organizations to understand the neuroscience of wellbeing and put it into practice. As a consultant he works with companies and organizations to help them improve communication about neuroscience and enhance employee well-being. He has coached the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team for over 15 years, and is a 3 time award winner for USA Ultimate’s Coach of the Year. His expertise extends into leadership and motivation, mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.


This online workshop will give you instant access to 18 sessions of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides and other materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 12 learning hours.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and a short multiple-choice quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.