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Depression doesn’t quite get as much “love” as anxiety on the continuing education front. Many clinicians feel they don’t need to pursue continuing education on the treatment of depression if they don’t “see those types of clients.” And the perception is that anxiety is more common (and carries less of a stigma) than depression. Well, as we are well aware from our graduate training, depression often co-occurs with anxiety, so it stands to reason that ALL of us need continuing education in the treatment of depression, no matter the client population or treatment setting we target or work with in our practice. To bolster this argument, “COVID depression” is a real thing, with the COVID/Depression connection well-documented in the latest medical literature. In fact, WebMD reports that in a COVID-19 survivor sample, over half of the studied subjects reported feeling depressed many months after recovering from the illness.

Please join us for a learning experience that will increase your ability to activate clients challenged by depression and low mood. Walk away with the confidence to use intuitive solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) skills and interventions immediately, no matter your therapuetic orientation. Discover how this powerful approach can be deployed to successfully treat even the most high-risk clients with depression and mood disorder symptomology. Modernize your clinical toolset to meaningfully engage with clients continually challenged by post pandemic woes that can result in self-harm and other high risk behaviors. In addition to these powerful SFBT tools adapted for mood disorders, this training also includes a set of helpful handouts and assessments tools, a Safety Action Plan, and a Mandatory Disclosure checklist you can use with clients, as well as a bibliography of helpful reading material for additional education.

In addition to the below formal course objectives this workshop will include the following additions:
1. The history of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
2. The difference between problem solving and solution building and how that moves clients toward treatment goals more efficiently in the treatment of depression.
3. Define a client in SFBT; especially with regard to depressive symptoms.
4. Identify which interventions and questions fit in the three parts of the skeleton.
5. Learn and practice the nuances of language needed to effectively use SFBT with clients challenged by depression.
6. Name and describe “The trifecta” to learn this approach to decrease symptoms of depression.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Name and describe the eight principles of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

b). Learn and apply the three-part SFBT skeleton, specifically to address depressive symptoms.

c). Identify three intentional interventions and questions that fit in the three-part SFBT skeleton and how they decrease depressive symptoms and increase clients’ abilities to effectively manage depression.


Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS  

Jodi Geis-Crowder has a passion for the helping profession to ensureaccess to care for all. She is also passionate about mentoring, supervising and training others to reach their professional potential. Jodi has spent the past 25 years dedicating her professional efforts to ensuring that individuals in rural, frontier areas in Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming have access to quality, culturally meaningful behavioral health care and substance use disorder services, delivered by trained, competent providers. A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with four previous therapy dogs (2005, 2010, 2019 and 2021) and recently passed her test and credentialing with her Border Collie, Shay River, through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Jodi’s passion for culturally appropriate human/animal bond and agriculture related services in rural areas resulted in her developing animal assisted therapy programs and therapeutic horticulture for two community mental health centers: Centennial Mental Health Center in Northeast Colorado and Peak Wellness Center in Southeast Wyoming. Jodi states, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to bring my passion for the natural world and rural culture into my professional work by developing programs that are culturally meaningful and support the rural culture.” She further states, “My original therapy dog, Mr. Big, taught me more about patience and unconditional love than any other relationship in my life. It is astounding to me how much he continues to teach me about grief and loss through his passing.”

Jodi has held positions as a clinician, clinical coordinator, clinical supervisor, regional clinical director and telehealth clinical supervisor, and education and training coordinator in her years at Centennial Mental Health Center and Peak Wellness Center. Jodi developed animal assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and peer specialist programs during her tenure at Centennial Mental Health Center and was the architect for and developed a centralized, telehealth clinical supervision model for Peak Wellness Center. Jodi has extensive training and experience in working in the telehealth model. She authored an article regarding transitioning to working remotely and provided support to others transitioning to remote work during the Covid 19 Pandemic shut down in March, 2020. This article was used internally at Peak Wellness Center to support staff during this transition. Jodi also served as secretary of the Iliff Head Start Advisory Board for six years in Iliff, CO and is currently on the Absaroka Head Start Advisory Board in Worland, WY.

Jodi currently works full time as a telehealth clinical supervisor and trainer for Volunteers of America Norther Rockies (VOANR). Volunteers of America Northern Rockies merged with Peak Wellness Center in July of 2020 and serves the needs of individuals with behavior health care and substance use disorder challenges, as well as specializing in services for veterans in Montana, Wyoming and Western South Dakota. She enjoys teaching webinars and assisting others in their professional development under her private company JGC Enterprises, LLC in the areas of Ethics, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, working in the telehealth model and the human/animal bond. Jodi is also a professional mixed media and water color artist and hopes to volunteer at the Washakie County Library in Worland, WY, developing an animal assisted reading program for youth.

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