Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression Among Older Adults

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When: Monday, June 3 to Sunday, June 30, 2024 (4 weeks) ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:    $240 (Students $120) Sufficient Enrolment Decision Deadline: Monday, May 27, 2024
This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.

WEEK 1 – CBT for Older Adults

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its usefulness
  • The principles of CBT
  • Expanding CBT to older adults and their caregivers (adaptations)
  • Goals of CBT for both the client and clinician

WEEK 2 –Body, Mood, Behaviour Connection

  • The importance of behavioural activation in depression and older adults
  • The connection between mood and physical reactions
  • Diaphragm breathing
  • Relaxation techniques: the progressive muscle relaxation technique and visualization

WEEK 3 – Restructuring Thoughts

  • A closer look at thoughts
    • Automatic thoughts
    • Core beliefs
  • Restructuring thoughts through the thought record
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Case examples

WEEK 4 – The Whole Picture

  • Problem solving
  • Developing social skills
  • Adapting to changes in later life (e.g. decrease in socialization, loss, physical decline, appearance changes, role changes)
  • Engaging in meaningful activities
  • Countertransference and burnout

Instructor: Janany Jayanthikumar, MSW, RSW

Janany is an experienced Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Educator in the mental health field.  She currently runs a not for profit mental health organization offering quality and culturally responsive mental health services. She also teaches at Seneca College and provides supervision and guidance to MSW students and field instructors at Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Additionally, she is the founder of Centre for Social Work Education, committing her career to providing intensive and experiential training to therapists.

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