Therapeutic Recreation Programming for People Displaying Symptoms of Depression
One of the many areas of health that was severely affected by the pandemic is mental wellness. The signs of deteriorating mental health could be observed in people living in care settings or in the community. These include lack of motivation, loss of interest in life or taking pleasure in things, social withdrawal, and even physical signs such as aches, pains, pacing or fatigue.
Part of the ongoing outreach to our network has recently included sharing the Programming for Clients Living with Depression resource guide. Note that a client does not need to have a formal diagnosis of depression to benefit from some of the approaches and ideas presented here.
The Programming for Clients Living with Depression resource guide is written with an audience of recreation professionals in mind. However the principles can resonate with and be adapted by any caregiver.
What you will find in this guide for programming for depression:
- Tips for working with people either displaying symptoms of possible depression or living with a diagnosis of depression
- Templates for building client profiles and 1:1 session planning
- Summary appendices: 1) Matching depressive features to approaches, strategies and interventions and 2) Matching domains with specific benefits, depressive features and interventions
Please download your copy of the Programming for Clients Living with Depression resource guide.
We hope this helps inform your practice.
(Note: this guide was created as part of an e-course. These references relate to the entire course and associated materials, and do not necessarily all relate to this guide.)
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