Online Workshop

Understanding Anxiety and Depression

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About this Online Workshop

Learn to understand and reduce anxiety to support yourself, your staff, and/or your clients as we continue to live in uncertain times. This interactive workshop will give you the understanding and skills you need to help yourself, staff and clients move forward with more focus and manage their anxious minds.

The second part of this 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. 

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

  • Understanding the pathways of anxiety in the brain
  • The root of anxiety: understanding the amygdala
  • How the cortex creates anxiety
  • Taking control of your anxiety
  • Reaping the benefits of relaxation
  • Understanding anxiety triggers
  • The importance of exercise, nutrition, and sleep for anxiety reduction
  • Restructuring thought patterns that cause anxiety
  • 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 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 workshop to your organization or staff, please email


  • Members: $295 + HST

  • Non-Members: $385 + HST

  • Non-Member Education Level 1/2: $310 + HST

Bring This Workshop to Your Staff

OMSSA can work with you to deliver this workshop to you and your team in an in-person format at a time that works for you. We can also customize the content of each workshop to meet your specific needs. Contact OMSSA's Director, Education Christie Herrington to learn more about bringing this workshop to your staff. 

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.