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Depression – Practical Intervention Strategies

Apr 23, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)

Price: $ 235.00 (regular rate)

St. John’s, NL – NL Housing and Homelessness Network

Trainer: Tara Thomas, MEd

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About the trainer

Tara Thomas, MEd

Tara holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a counsellor at a post-secondary institution where she specializes in personal and career counselling. Prior to this, Tara worked in the health care system as a Child and Behaviour Management Specialist combining a cognitive behavioural approach with skill teaching and solutions based counselling methods. She believes people are the experts on their own lives and with supportive guidance can persevere and overcome most obstacles that life presents. Tara places incredible value on knowledge and education to empower others. As a trainer she brings warmth and humour and draws on her varied experiences to make for an engaging, relevant training experience.  

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Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns. For some it can become overwhelming and even paralyzing. Caregivers may feel unsure of where to begin when helping those who frequently feel depleted, helpless and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop introduces participants to a variety of effective approaches that can be used to help an individual who is struggling with depression. Participants will learn practical strategies to help separate the person from the problem and the need to get to know each – the person as well as their experience/relationship with depression.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Understanding Depression
  • How is Depression Different from Being “Down”
  • Who is Affected?
  • Problematic Beliefs and Stigma Surrounding Depression
  • Causes and Influences of Depression
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Strategies for Intervention
  • Building Awareness
  • Exploring Routine
  • Getting to Know the Person Outside of the Problem
  • Habit Practice and Contrasting (Old Way, New Way)
  • The Recovery Process

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers and anyone wanting to gain tools to work with those who have depression.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, case study review, video and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key features of clinical depression and the impact on emotional, cognitive, behavioural, relational and physical realms.
  • Use key questions to assess the impact of depression and to engage in supportive conversation.
  • Understand key issues in the internal (intrapsychic) world of a depressed person and be knowledgeable about a range of strategies to help.
  • Understand key issues in the interpersonal (relational) world of a depressed person and be knowledgeable about a range of strategies to help.
  • Describe common problematic helper-client dynamics of rescuing / criticizing and the importance of healthy boundaries in helping people who are struggling with depression.

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April 23, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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St. John’s, NL – NL Housing and Homelessness Network
77 Charter Avenue, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A 0N2 Canada
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Location Information: Parking is located on Charter Avenue between East Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. The entrance is on East Drive.
At checkout you will have the option to pay by credit card or to receive an invoice to be paid later.
Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register Early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shoppping cart, add quanitity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise throughout your interaction with the CTRI office or our workshop please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected].

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.

The following associations have formally approved our workshops:

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)

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