The Wellbeing Course aims to provide free education and guidance on simple but effective techniques for managing depression and/or anxiety. The Course helps people with thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The Wellbeing Course was developed in Australia by the eCentreClinic. Many people who have depression and anxiety never seek treatment, but do have access to the Internet. The Course was designed in response to the widespread need for access to mental health treatment. Because depression and anxiety commonly occur at the same time, information is provided on both conditions.
We have now had more than 2000 people enroll in the Wellbeing Course and the results are very encouraging. More than 94% of those who completed the course felt it was worth their time and that they would recommend this course to others who have depression or anxiety. Most clients said it was hard work. Most experienced reduced anxiety and or depression and an improvement in their level of day-to-day activities.
The Wellbeing Course is made up of 5 easy to understand lessons and takes 8 weeks to complete. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online. Clients are encouraged to work on various activities during the week; this often takes several hours. Throughout the course, clients receive automated emails with important reminders and prompts.
The Wellbeing Course is therapist-assisted. This means that during the week clients can send questions or comments to their designated therapist though a secure message system. On a set day each, the therapist checks the website, reviews client progress on the course and responds to messages. Most contact with the therapist is through secure emails, but sometimes therapists contact clients by phone.
In this course, clients are assigned based on availability, to either a therapist working in a community clinic in Saskatchewan or a therapist working directly in the Online Therapy Unit. Some therapists have fully completed their training while others are graduate students under supervision. Most therapists are trained in psychology, social work or nursing.
We are always conducting research in order to continually improve Online Therapy. When you sign up for Online Therapy, you will be provided with details of research we are conducting, such as research into the long term benefits of Online Therapy and research on different forms of therapist assistance.
All clients who complete this course complete brief questionnaires before they begin, on a weekly basis throughout, after the course is completed, and then 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after you begin treatment. These questionnaires help us assess how you are doing. These questionnaires do not take very long but provide us with important information on your progress and the outcomes of Online Therapy.
The course is designed for those who have symptoms of depression or anxiety, are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet, and have a local medical contact available in case of emergencies. The course is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide. If any of the above would indicate that Online Therapy is not suited to your needs, please refer to the resource page and speak with your family doctor about other service options.
If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact us.
If you are interested in participating in the Wellbeing Course, please register below and follow the instructions.