Stress and Depression
Social work is a profession that strives to help individuals, families and communities function within their environment by providing direct care that may include therapy as well as coordination of available social services. The goal is to support clients in recognizing the cause of their problems and how to modify factors to improve outcomes. Social Workers are employed in a variety of settings that may include hospitals, community health centers, social service agencies and/or religious agencies. They often work in conjunction with health care workers and are exposed to a variety of clients with multiple health problems, including depression. This course will help the social worker to recognize the most prevalent forms of depression and to identify the symptoms of depression and mania. This course will help the social worker to understand the theories of depression, and to appreciate the differences in presentation across age groups and sexes. The course also describes the various treatment modalities.