Course Description

Depression is a challenging illness, but the good news is that with proper treatment and management, your teen - and your family - can have a wonderful and fulfilling life. A teen's brain is still wiring itself through adolescence, which means that there are many opportunities to support, shape and guide their mind to adapt to healthier patterns of thought.

This course will be right for you if:

  • Your teen seems more upset, overwhelmed, sad or withdrawn than usual, or compared to your other children or peers.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 teen depression. We recommend taking our “Raising Resilient Kids: Intro to the Parental Compass” course first whenever possible.

What Will I Learn?

  • What teen depression is
  • The behaviours associated with it
  • Environmental stressors that could be affecting your teen
  • How to support your teen and your family through these difficult times
  • Strategies and activities to help manage your teens 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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    • Start Early
    • Staying Engaged
  • 03
    7-POINT COMPASS: Unconditional Love
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    • Unconditional Love
    • Activity: Expression of Self Collage
  • 04
    7-POINT COMPASS: Stay Current
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    • Stay Current
    • Activity: Social Media Self-Inventory
  • 05
    7-POINT COMPASS: Smart Boundaries
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    • Smart Boundaries
    • Activity: Rumination Diary
  • 06
    7-POINT COMPASS: Nurture Relationships
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    • Nurture Relationships
    • Activity: What Makes Me, Me
  • 07
    7-POINT COMPASS: Build Resilience
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    • Build Resilience
    • Activity: Gratitude Journal
  • 08
    7-POINT COMPASS: Lose Stigma & Prejudice
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    • Lose Stigma & Prejudice
    • Activity: Letting Go
  • 09
    Next Steps
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    • Final Thoughts
  • 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