Senior Project Advisor
Depression treatment, Support groups
My project was to participate for three months as a co-facilitator in a support group at the Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic. As a psychology major at Western, I learned theory behind disorders and treatments from textbooks. However, I wanted some actual experience in a clinical setting. Support groups allow people who are dealing with similar issues to get together and talk about their experiences. Support groups form for a variety of issues ranging from depression and anxiety to groups for patients with breast cancer or groups for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. The goals of these groups are not necessarily to cure or fix one's problems. Rather, these groups aim at giving support to members, thereby relieving some of the weight of the problems. This support may serve as a stepping stone allowing members to step out and regain some control in their lives.
Czerniski, Byron, "A Support Group for Depression" (2000). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 153.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Depressed persons--Social networks; Depression, Mental--Social aspects
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic
student projects; term papers
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