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.
Alastair: "I enjoyed the course immensely. It is a most refreshing mixture of neglected common sense coupled with wisdom. Thank you very much indeed."
Chris: "Many thanks for providing such an interesting and helpful course. I have found your meticulous unpacking of received medical ideas extremely useful as also your provision of a very important and enjoyable psychological alternative approach."
Rebecca: "I found your course very thought provocative and useful".
Serena: "Loved it. Thank you. What I also love about the course is being able to go over aspects of the course again, whenever I want".
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".
Maureen: "A very interesting course".
Course material and format:
Currently 11 hours 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.
The course curriculum - the material currently added to the course - is listed towards the end of this page.
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.
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 of 4 books: Prescribed Drug Dependence (Kindle, 2018); 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.
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 1 (11 min 53 sec) (11:56)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 2 (11 min 30 sec) (11:32)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 3 (13 min 30 sec) (13:32)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 4 (14 min 10 sec) (14:09)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 5 (12 min 08 sec) (12:08)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 6 - manic episodes 1 ( 10 min 58 sec) (10:58)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 7, exaggerated self-esteem, grandiosity (12 min 18 sec) (12:18)
StartFeatures of bipolar disorder, 8. Grandiose ideas towards others (8 min 25 sec) (8:25)
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”.