Managing Depression, Grief and Loss During COVID-19

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until July 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 1, 2021. 

There has never been a time in our lives when conditions have conspired to create an epidemic of depression across our world. People are suffering losses on every front and the ensuing grief can tumble into depression, especially if they are identifying their grief as depression. And for those who have depression, and now have faced (or may still face) social distancing and self-isolation, the risks that existing depression will deepen have escalated.

This seminar will discuss managing depression during COVID-19. Not only will you be able to respond effectively to the same challenges that clients with depression have always faced but you will be able to move them toward resolving the impact of COVID-19. With case examples and discussion Dr. Wehrenberg will identify the new risks for depression and ways to manage the stresses of the post-pandemic world, including how therapists can manage their own mood when sessions day after day hold so much loss and grief.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, author of The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques will present how to utilize these techniques effectively so mental health clinicians can offer help and hope to depressed clients in a COVID-19 world.

Online Course Format

  • 6 hours of Online Training
  • 6 CEUs
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • No categories


  1. Understand the impact of neural networking and the interaction with isolation and depression
    1. Finding triggers
    2. Identifying physical causes
  2. Immediate interventions for 3 typical causes/triggers of depression: neurobiology, stress, aversive childhood experiences and trauma
    1. “the brain you are born with” – neurobiology-based causes of depression
      1. Psychoeducation
      2. Meta-cognitions
    2. Situation-caused depression
      1. Improve self-care
      2. Stress management skills
    3. Trauma-related depression
      1. Activation/Finding triggers
      2. Confront helplessness
  3. Raising energy
    1. Focus on positive cognitive networks:
    2. Identify positives
    3. Stoic philosophy and essential nature of finding personal strengths
    4. developing perspective
  4. Changing stress related depression
    1. Identify the damage and learn skills
    2. Identify rewards and use them to jump start energy
    3. Burnout recovery and self-care for stress of work-from-home and child care
    4. Self-care for therapists: Zoom fatigue and setting boundaries
  5. Balance the negative neural networks:
    1. Learn to identify positives and notice them
    2. Increase cognitive flexibility, practice changing explanatory style
  6. Stop destructive responses to depression
    1. Change lifestyle choices
    2. Practice spiritual life
    3. Change focus on disaster to a balanced perspective
  7. Change depressive cognitive style
    1. Decrease absolutist language
    2. Decrease self-deprecating language and self-blame
    3. Increase self-compassion
  8. Identify loss and grief being masked by depression
    1. Identify disappointment
    2. Create ritual for looking at one’s process of achievement and looking forward to options
    3. Grieving and finding meaning
  1. Apply immediate solutions for 4 underlying causes of depression.
  2. Alter tendencies towards absolutist thinking and generalizations at different ages, from children to older adults
  3. Apply methods to diminish the impact of the depressive cognitive style
  4. Connect clients with strength and resilience they already have
  5. Utilize 3 specific ways to raise cognitive and physical energy even within “stuck-at-home” parameters.
  6. Identify the grief over loss, disappointment, and death that some are calling depression and apply 5 creative ways to process through the grief
  7. Move clients toward positivity and savouring life in the midst of uncertainty

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, an author, and an international trainer and speaker. She is a practicing psychotherapist and coaches professionals for anxiety management. Margaret has been a trainer of therapists for over 25 years, and she is a sought-after speaker for continuing education seminars, consistently getting the highest ratings from participants for her dynamic style and high-quality content.

Dr. Wehrenberg contributes articles to the award-winning Psychotherapy Networker magazine and she blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Audio and DVD versions of her trainings are available for obtaining CEU’s. She has written 7 books on topics of anxiety and depression published by W.W. Norton, and a workbook, Stress Solutions, published by PESI. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook, consistent best-sellers, were released in revised editions in 2018. Her newest book, Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief in turbulent Times will be released in early 2021 by W.W. Norton. Visit Margaret on Facebook @DrMargaretW or through her website

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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