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.

About This Workshop

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

Target Audience

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.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

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