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.

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

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, 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