This course was developed in Australia by the eCentreClinic for Emotional Health. It is designed to help people with spinal cord injury (SCI) better manage their emotional well being.
The course was designed because so many people who have depression and anxiety never seek treatment, but many have access to the Internet. Because depression and anxiety commonly occur at the same time it was also felt to be important to provide information that could be used to manage both conditions.
The course aims to provide good education and guidance on simple but effective techniques for managing symptoms. Very broadly, the course helps people with thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms of depression and anxiety. Research shows that it helps people gain control over their symptoms, improve their confidence, and get back to living a full satisfying life.
The Chronic Conditions Course is comprised of 5 lessons. Depending on the complexity of the lesson, it is recommended that clients spend 1 to 2 weeks on a given lesson. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online, and “Do it Yourself” (DIY) activities and resources that are to be reviewed offline, as well as additional resources for common concerns. With the suggested time frame, clients should engage in the Course for 8 weeks.
The Course is supported by a researcher at the University of Regina. Clients can email questions or comments about the lessons and exercises to the researcher through the website. The researcher responds once weekly over the 8 weeks.
When The Chronic Conditions Course for persons with SCI is available you will find a button here that will allow you to complete the application here.