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Research so far on this course ...

We have conducted 1 trial of this course

More than 80 participants have enrolled in this course

We have published  1  study evaluating this course

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Single Session Course (Anxiety and Depression)



We are now developing a brief Single Session Course for anxiety and depression. This course is designed to provide helpful information and teach practical skills to help people manage symptoms of anxiety and low mood – in just one online lesson alongside downloadable guides.

Research tells us that very short treatments can be just as effective as longer, multiple session treatments. That is, many people with anxiety and depression benefit from very brief courses and support.


We also know that some people do not have the time or do not want to participate in longer treatment courses. Given this, we are now developing and evaluating a brief single session Course for people with anxiety and depression.


We developed the Single Session Course with the hope of helping people manage their depression and anxiety symptoms. Our goal is to understand what makes brief treatments most effective and who finds this kind of course helpful.

To learn more about symptoms of low mood and depression, please click here.


To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please click here.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for:

  • Adults aged 18 and older.

  • Have an anxiety or depressive disorder, or both

  • Who want to learn information and skills to manage anxiety and depression

  • Who have the time to read the online lesson and practice some of the skills over a couple of weeks.


Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the Internet, are unable to read or understand English, or who are not living in Australia.

If you’re not sure if you have an anxiety disorder or depression, we will assess your symptoms and help you to decide if this course is suitable for you.

What does the course involve?

The course involves:

  • 1 online lessons that provides information and teaches practical skills

  • 1 downloadable guide to help understand and practice those skills

  • Several additional Resources and Case Stories and examples from others

  • 1 brief session with a clinician via email and telephone


The course is delivered over 2 to 3 weeks and is designed to provide the same information and teach the same skills as one of our longer courses. However, it does this in a very brief way using one online lesson and one session with a clinician.

The course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Clinical Psychologist.

What have we found so far?

We have now had good number of people complete this course. Participants have reported improvements in their anxiety and depression symptoms.

Although the Course is hard work, most participants say it is worth their time and that they would recommend it to others.

We recently published our first paper on this course:

  • Bisby MA, Balakumar T, Scott AJ, Titov N, Dear BF (2023). An online therapist-guided ultra-brief treatment for depression and anxiety: a randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine.

What is the current trial or study looking at?

Every time we offer a course, we offer it as a part of a trial or study. This means that participants are helping us to answer an important research question while they participate in our courses.

The current trial of the Single Session Course is looking at how quickly people report improvements in their anxiety and depression after starting the Course. This involves completing questionnaires every 2-weeks for 4-months.

You can read more about the current trial by reading the Participant Information and Consent Form Statement

When is the next course being offered?

Outside Australia?

We are hoping to offer the course internationally soon - so if you are outside of Australia and would like to participate, please register your interest.

In Australia?

We are pleased to be accepting applications for the Single Session Course.

Our next two groups will be starting on

  • March 4th, 2024

  • June 24th, 2024


You will be randomly chosen to start in one of the two groups. To apply to participate, please click “Apply Now!” below and follow the prompts.

We plan to run new courses every month in 2024. If the dates for our next two groups are not suitable for you, please check this webpage again in a couple of weeks - we'll be updating the dates of available groups regularly.

Interested in this course?

(if you are inside Australia)

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