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 Included
- 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
Tricia Klassen, MSW, RSW
Tricia is a Registered Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Developmental Studies. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a compassionate therapist who specializes in suicide intervention, self-injury, anxiety and depression and neurodevelopmental issues. She is also a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Highlights of Tricia’s career include her role in family-centred research and training with Manitoba Family Services, several years as a social worker and therapist for St. Amant Centre, and supporting youth and families in crisis as both therapist and clinical supervisor of the Youth Crisis Stabilization System through MYS. Her therapeutic approach is client-centred and trauma informed, drawing upon individual strength and resiliency. She has a profound belief in the resiliency of the human spirit, particularly in conditions of relational attunement, connection and support. Tricia is skilled in finding a balance between being informative and building connections with her participants while delivering workshops.
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.