Senior Project Advisor

Kellas, Lisa

Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2000

Keywords

Depression treatment, Support groups

Abstract

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.

Department

Psychology

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Depressed persons--Social networks; Depression, Mental--Social aspects

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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