Course Description

Childhood depression is a challenging illness, but the good news is that with proper treatment and management, your child - and your family - can have a wonderful and fulfilling life. Children’s brains are still wiring and forming throughout childhood and adolescence, which means that there are many opportunities to support, shape and guide your child’s mind to adapt to healthier patterns of thought. 

This course will be right for you if:

  • Your child seems more upset, overwhelmed, sad or withdrawn than usual, or compared to your other children or peers.
  • Your child has received a clinical diagnosis of depression and you are looking for additional support and resources.

This course uses the principles of the Parental Compass to show you some strategies you can use right away to help you and your family manage childhood depression. We recommend taking our “Raising Resilient Kids: Intro to the Parental Compass” course first whenever possible.

What Will I Learn?

  • What childhood depression is
  • The behaviours associated with it
  • Environmental stressors that could be affecting your child
  • How to support your child and your family through these difficult times
  • Strategies and activities to help manage your child’s depression and empower them to manage it too

Please note: This course is not intended to be a substitute for professional treatment. If you suspect your child may be suffering from depression, please make an appointment with an experienced child psychologist or talk to your family doctor.

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Course curriculum

  • 02
    7-POINT COMPASS: Start Early
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    • Intervene As Early As Possible
    • Emotion Faces Memory Game: Activity for Ages 3-6
    • Journaling: Activity for Ages 8+
  • 03
    7-POINT COMPASS: Unconditional Love
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    • Show Your Love for Them
    • Positive Affirmations: Activity for Ages 3-9
  • 04
    7-POINT COMPASS: Stay Current
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    • Stay Informed on Their Life & Depression Itself
  • 05
    7-POINT COMPASS: Smart Boundaries
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    • Who Needs to Know About It?
  • 06
    7-POINT COMPASS: Nurture Relationships
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    • Activating Your Support Network
    • Emotions Improv: Activity for Ages 6-9
    • Pro-Social Behaviours: Worksheet for Ages 3-6
  • 07
    7-POINT COMPASS: Build Resilience
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    • The Strength of Bouncing Back
    • Goal-Setting: Activity for Ages 3-9
    • Expressing Gratitude: Activity for Ages 3-9
  • 08
    7-POINT COMPASS: Lose Stigma & Prejudice
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    • Let Go of Shame & Blame
    • "Even if ... I Still Love You": Activity for Ages 3-9
  • 10
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    • Conclusion
  • Instructor

    Dr. Jillian Roberts has been working with children for more than twenty years, first as a primary schoolteacher, then as a child psychologist and an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “Just Enough” book series for children and the creator of the “Key Facts of Life” app. She has also published numerous scholarly articles and given presentations on educational and health psychology around the world. Jillian is also a wife and mother of three children.

    Dr. Jillian Roberts

    Child Psychologist