Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health concerns. The symptoms can become overwhelming, self-perpetuating, and lead to feelings of helplessness. While depression is common, each person’s individual experience and path to recovery will also be unique. Therefore, it is important that helpers have a variety of tools and strategies to support people. This workshop explores a holistic, strengths-based approach to understanding the experience of depression, influencing factors, and the recovery process. Participants will learn practical skills for building motivation and setting realistic goals for supporting those living with depression.
Credit Hours (CEU)
Some of the Topics Included
- Understanding the Nature of Depression
- How to Recognize Depression
- The Impact of Stigma and Depression
- Understanding the Recovery Process
- Causes and Influences of Depression
- Key Aspects of the Helping Relationship
- Getting to Know the Person Outside of the Problem
- Effective Strategies for Intervention
- Helping People Build Awareness, Routine, and Connections
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
- Outline a strengths-based approach to supporting a person with depression
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. 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 introductory to 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.