Vital Connections
  REFERRALS

* a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program

Improving outcomes and preventing relapse for clients with mood disturbances and/or illness, through remote, electronic and telephonic intervention.

Our program has been designed to meet the needs of those clients living in rural and remote areas or in communities where CBT intervention is limited and access untimely. Depressed moods and anxiety disorders impact cognitive, interpersonal, and motivational skills that are necessary for productive and meaningful employment. It raises the risk for accidents and injuries at work, and comprises the fastest rising cause of long term disability. CBT intervention is known to be the most effective treatment in managing depression and many other mental health issues. Our consultants have advanced training in CBT interventions and we are continually upgrading our skills to meet industry standards.

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders, which impacts people during their prime working years. It is a leading cause of disability amongst working adults and results in significantly reduced quality of life. It raises the risk for accidents and injuries at work, and comprises the fastest rising cause of long term disability. There is strong empirical evidence that self-care can alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety and improve overall function.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is both clinical and evidence based. Numerous research studies demonstrate CBT is an effective form of treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, relationship issues, OCD, eating disorders, and phobias. CBT combines both cognitive and behavioral therapy and focuses on identifying, challenging, and modifying an individual’s negative or unhelpful cognitions. Our focus is on what is happening now, rather than earlier experiences. This approach is “active, skill-based and structured”; therefore, the benefits are long lasting and clients are often able to maintain improvement long after the intervention.

 

Client Advantages 


Clients often feel isolated and alone and believe that somehow their problems are unique. Therefore normalization and education are central components of CBT.

  • Clients benefit from immediate feedback and work on their specific issues.
  • The CBT approach is very structured, with the client taking an active role in participating in the process.
  • Economic advantage due to no travel costs for telephonic intervention.
  • Increased availability to clients reaching rural communities.
  • Confidentiality and safety are assured.

Primary Components

  • Understanding signs and symptoms of mental health
  • Building an alliance
  • Discussing how symptoms manifest in the workplace
  • Determining client readiness and commitment toward motivation
  • Skills training: learning specific skills based on the cognitive behavioral model
  • Overview of the Skills: Realistic thinking, Reactivating and Setting Goals
  • The utilization of tools and resources to assist in process
  • Discussion of work/life balance, and the role of diet and exercise
  • Identifying barriers and developing accommodation
  • Developing a relapse plan
  • Effective closure and community resources for further supports

Process

Once a referral has been received, the client will be contacted. Ten sessions will be set up, once per week. They will receive the worksheets that they will be working on during this process by e-mail or mail.

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