Online Workshop

Understanding Depression: Depression Is Not for Life 

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About this Online Workshop

Depression can affect anyone. Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression. So did Winston Churchill. One in four Canadian women are living with depression. The prevalence of depression has steadily risen over the past few decades and research has identified that depression can be alleviated and individuals living with depression can take back control of their lives.

This interactive, skill-building virtual workshop will teach you about the causes and types of depression, the signs and symptoms of depression, and the most up-to-date techniques currently used to intercept depression‘s progression. The workshop will also highlight the approaches used to support individuals in coping with and overcoming their depression symptoms and prevent future depressive episodes. Comprehensive and engaging, this virtual workshop is a must for anyone working with or supporting, individuals demonstrating the symptoms of, or diagnosed with, depression.

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying and learning the signs, symptoms, causes and types of depression
  • Learning the cognitive and lifestyle changes necessary to combat depression
  • Breaking the procrastination-depression connection
  • Recognizing depressive thinking and overcoming depressive thoughts
  • Albert Ellis‘s ABCDE Method for overcoming depression
  • Overcoming hopelessness thinking
  • Coping with depressive symptoms
  • Attending to anxieties
  • Confronting negative emotions
  • Behavioural methods to feel good again
  • Putting an end to depression planning

Who Should Attend?

Any staff or manager in a human, social, or community services organization

Format and Duration

Four three-hour and three, two-hour online workshops over the course of two weeks

Workshop Dates and Registration

All sessions in Eastern Standard Time.

There are currently no upcoming dates scheduled for this workshop. If you would like to enquire about bringing this virtual workshop to your organization or staff, please email


  • Members: $400 + HST

  • Non-Members: $520 + HST

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet

Participants will be expected to join the workshop via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:

  • a webcam or built-in camera

  • a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones

We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise. 

System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.

About the Facilitator

Megan Phillips is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in multiple roles within community and social services. As a former Case Worker and Manager with Ontario Works, as well as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist in a community mental health program, Megan utilizes her additional award-winning experience in instructing post-secondary education to bring captivating, illustrative, relevant, and humorous educational seminars to a variety of non-profit agencies and organizations.

As an experienced presenter, Megan has dedicated herself to the educational advancement and enhancement of her fellow colleagues and community professionals in areas such as Motivational Interviewing, Burnout, Resiliency Building, PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Working with Clients with Multiple Barriers.