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What Case Managers/Counselors Should Know about Students with Depression

Why this is important: Case managers should have an understanding of some to the most common metal illnesses experienced by those they are asked to help, including depression. Depression can lead to difficulty working, interacting with others, managing finances, and in extreme cases, suicide. Having case management staff aware of depression symptoms will allow them to support and care for students, offer referrals to services, serve as legal risk mitigation, and maybe even save a life.


Description: This micro-learning course offers research-based, practical advice for case management staff on how to interact with, support and refer students with depressive symptoms to get the help they need. The instructor will help the learner identity common signs and symptoms of depression, how to offer support, and when to refer students for additional services. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of depression, correct common misconceptions regarding depression and better understand the dos and don’ts of helping someone with depression. An important aspect of the course is learning the limits of what you can do you help and the benefits of working with a multidisciplinary behavioral intervention team, community mental health group, and other resources.


Case managers will be able to:

  • Identify common signs and symptoms of depression
  • Facilitate a referral to emergency services regarding suicidal behavior
  • Explore how to better communicate effectively with students experiencing depression
  • Refer students experiencing depression to support services including a multidisciplinary team
  • Avoid common missteps when working with students with depression


This course can also be purchased as part of the Mental Health Bundle.


Please note, these trainings are designed for counselors working on a college campus providing crisis support and guidance to students. They are often referred to as non-clinical counselors or counselors who work under FERPA rather than state confidently laws.

What Case Managers/Counselors Should Know about Students with Depression

Coming late winter/early spring 2023
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