The challenge:

Low mood hinders client engagement and recovery

When you get a client with low mood or depression, it can really impede with the work you want to do with them.

You’ve probably trained for at least a few years to work in your field, and so it’s very likely that you know what you need to do with that client. But the client doesn’t engage. They lack motivation, or their low mood gets in the way of recovery. What ends up happening is that you can’t work on their problem, without working on their depression.

So what can you do?


Working With Low Mood & Depression In Healthcare

The first thing you need to do is to explore if the patient is low because of the difficulty that you are working on. Maybe they've had a stroke or other life adjustment which they are coming to terms with. Or were they low or depressed before?

What can happen is that if the depression was there before, it becomes an unaddressed problem that won’t be resolved quickly. In this case, you need some psychological tools in your skill set. 

If the patient has become depressed or low because of the adjustment, then there’s quite a few quick and straightforward things you can do. 

One, is tapping in to their intrinsic motivations. If they’ve engaged even a little, perhaps something even as small as them keeping their appointment (because they could have cancelled it). Then they have at least bought into your support a little. So we can draw on some motivational interviewing (MI) here.

MI helps us bypass patient's defences, see past their excuses and problems, whilst still being empathetic and helping them tap into their values.

We can also draw on various aspects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help with low mood and motivation, increasing their ability to engage with you, and breaking the cycle of low mood and depression. 

This half-day CPD training draws on the latest research and evidence-base from CBT, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

What you will learn:

  • Assessing depression and low mood
  • The many different types of depression
  • Understanding the latest science as to why we can become depressed
  • Why some people are more vulnerable to low mood and depression
  • Understanding more clearly why patients don’t engage
  • How to engage patients in behaviour change
  • When to refer elsewhere (and when not to)
  • Practical, evidence-based tools that you can quickly use in session, as part of your existing role
  • How to engage patients straight away
  • Previous case studies to show how these techniques can be used in real life patient scenarios

Delivered live via Zoom, this interactive CPD will help you work quickly with low mood and depression so that you can focus on doing what you do best. The added benefit of this training is that it will also increase your own resilience, as well as your patients'.

No previous knowledge required. This CPD training is suitable for all Health and Welfare Professionals, such as, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, other AHPs, students, assistants, or anyone working in face-to-face contact with patients.

Complete with various resources for you to use immediately with patients.


3 hour CPD certificate

Cost: £47

Date: Nov 8th 2021, 9am - 12pm


If you can't make this date you can still register below, and then email us direct for a recording. Then complete our quiz to claim your CPD certificate. Or register here for updates for our 2022 CPD training dates.


Delivered by Chris Finn, lead Trainer for Poole Mindfulness & Psychology

Chris is a Clinical Lecturer in Psychology and an accredited Senior Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Chris has worked in senior positions in the NHS and has worked with thousands of people with depression in his career. He now specialises in helping other healthcare professionals enhance their existing skillset.

Chris Finn