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



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Method of Delivery

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

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.