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Bipolar Disorder: Cracking the Code

For mental health professionals

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Who this course is for:

This course is for mental health professionals - for mental health professionals who work with - or would like to be in a position to work with - people diagnosed with bipolar disorder:- psychotherapists; psychiatric nurses; counsellors; psychologists; social workers; psychiatrists; social care workers; GPs; occupational therapists; art therapists, for example.

If you or someone important to you has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or for your own reasons you want to understand bipolar disorder, click here to access my "Bipolar disorder: Cracking the code" course for the general public.

I created this course because the prevailing understanding of bipolar disorder is inaccurate and distorted, including the training that most mental health professionals receive. In this course, I provide the understanding and information that should be included in all mental health professional training courses.


Course Testimonials:

Rebecca: "I found your course very thought provocative and useful".

Anne: "Thank you so very much for producing this course. It is hard to put into words how incredibly useful all your presentations were. You have finally made sense of what bipolar disorder is in a world that has no idea. The title is very apt."

Claire: "This course is by far the most useful thing I have ever encountered about bipolar disorder in over twenty years."

Mark: "I am really enjoying your 'Bipolar disorder: Cracking the code' course".

Patricia: "This course is excellent, and I'm finding it both interesting and inspiring".


Course material and format:

I will be adding new material to the course regularly - several presentations every month. I expect all course material to be created and uploaded by late 2017.

Currently 6 hours and 27 minutes of audio-visual material in the course, much more to come.

The course is primarily presented as audio-visual presentations. The texts and slides used in the course are also included. All course material is downloadable for your own use.

Course material will include several case studies and guidelines for working with people disgnosed with bipolar disorder.

Course participants are invited to maintain contact with me as they go through the course material. Contact with me is generally through the comments section in each module and/or by emailing me directly.


Course curriculum:

The course curriculum - the material currently added to the course - is listed towards the end of this page.


Course outcomes:

Mental health professionals who participate in and complete this course can expect to have a greatly enriched understanding of all aspects of bipolar disorder.

You can also expect to have learned a great deal regarding how to work effectively with people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


Certificate of Completion:

Participants who complete this course will be issued with a Certificate of Completion for continuing professional development (CPD). For continuing professional development (CPD) purposes, progress through and completion of the course is measured in relation to the audio-visual presentations only. Participants do not need to have gone through the other course material - the texts and slides that accompany the presentations - in order to complete the course for CPD purposes.


Value Added Tax (VAT):

PLEASE NOTE that, in accordance with international law, VAT may be added to the price of this course, depending on where you live.

If you live in a country that applies VAT to the purchase of digital goods (e.g. many European countries), then the VAT rate that applies in your country will be added to the course price.

If you live in a country where no VAT is applied to the purchase of digital goods, then no VAT will be added to your course purchase price.


Your Instructor


Dr. Terry Lynch
Dr. Terry Lynch

Terry's own life experiences and his life as a mental health activist, medical doctor, psychotherapist and mental health author have brought him to a level of understanding of mental health that is unusual if not indeed exceptional.

Terry Lynch has played a prominent role in mental health both nationally and internationally. For a nine-year period, he was appointed by the Irish Department of Health and Children to key national mental health groups - The Expert Group on Mental health Policy (2003-6) which formulated A Vision for Change, Ireland’s official mental health policy document; The Independent Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (2006-9); the Second Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change (2009-12).

Terry Lynch was the only mental health professional to be appointed to the three Groups named above. In addition, he was also appointed by the CEO of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) to the Irish Health Service Executive's Mental Health Expert Advisory Group (2006-8).

Terry is the author 3 books: Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance (2015), Selfhood: A Key to the Recovery of Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems, (2011) and best-seller Beyond Prozac: Healing Mental Distress (2004).

He has appeared regularly in the national media in Ireland and beyond.

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Class Curriculum


  Introduction: Setting the scene
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  Section Eight: Key themes in bipolar disorder
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  Section Nine: Triggers and bipolar episodes, and how to address them
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  Section Twelve: Prevention of bipolar disorder
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  Section Thirteen: Case studies
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Dr. Terry Lynch testimonials:


Dr. William Glasser, American psychiatrist and author, founder of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy:

If ever a man puts a human face on mental suffering and offers an optimistic message, Dr. Lynch is that man. If I ever get seriously unhappy, I'm going to camp on Terry's doorstep.”

Ivor Browne, Consultant Psychiatrist, former Professor of Psychiatry, University College, Dublin, Ireland:

"For the past ten years or more, Terry Lynch has been one of the very few doctors within the medical profession in Ireland who has been prepared to question the psychiatric understanding of and approach to human suffering. Would that there were more enlightened doctors and psychiatrists in the country”.

Dorothy Rowe, British-based psychologist and author:

“Often grassroots ideas inspire people, who would otherwise have lived quietly, to do great things. One such person is Terry Lynch, an Irish GP".

Dr. Pat Bracken, Consultant Psychiatrist, West Cork Mental Health Services, Ireland:

"A true scientist, he has contributed enormously to the mental health community in Ireland over the last number of years."

Charles Medawar, specialist in medical policy and drug safety, Co-Founder, Social Audit UK:

Terry Lynch is "one of the clearest thinkers" in the mental health field.

The Rubberbandits, Irish and MTV comedy duo:

“#limerickcityofculture fact. One of the world’s most forward thinking Doctors on psychiatric illness is a Limerick man @DrTerryLynch”.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is available now. Once enrolled, the course will be available for as long as you want it to be. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start, when you engage with the course material, and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with this course, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund, including VAT. I am extending this guarantee for a further 30 days. During this second 30-day period, if you are unsatisfied with the course, we will give you a full refund of the course fee. During this second 30-day period, we will not be in a position to refund any VAT that you may have paid, but all other fees paid will be refunded to you in the event that you are unsatisfied with the course.
Does this course qualify for continuing professional development (CPD)?
We will issue a Certificate of Completion upon completion of the course.

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