Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. Helpers may feel unsure of where to begin when supporting those who frequently feel depleted, helpless, and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop explores a holistic understanding of the causes, impact, and treatment of depression. A strengths-based approach is explored that considers the whole person, separate from the problem. Participants will learn practical skills for building motivation and setting realistic goals for supporting those living with depression.
Credit Hours (CEU)
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Describe the holistic effects of depression
- Use key questions to assess the impact of depression and to engage in supportive conversation
- List key internal and external factors that contribute to the experience of a depressed person
- Describe healthy dynamics and boundaries in the helper-client relationship
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- Understanding the Nature of Depression
- Causes and Influences of Depression
- Concepts and Strategies for Intervention
- Working to Build Awareness
- The Importance of Routine
- Exploring Strengths and Resources
- Changing Patterns of Thinking Influenced by Depression
- Investigating and Highlighting Successes
- Habit Practice and Contrasting (Old Way, New Way)
- The Recovery Process from Depression
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.
This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with those who struggle with depression.