How to Help-Basic Counseling Skills to help Family and Friends with Mental Illness

Emma McAdam, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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51 Lessons (4h 55m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

      3:08
    • 2. Mental Illness is Common and Treatable

      3:17
    • 3. A Systemic Approach to Treating Mental Illness

      7:27
    • 4. How Mental Illness Impacts Relationships

      5:34
    • 5. How Relationships Impact Mental Illness

      8:09
    • 6. What Causes Mental Illness?

      5:14
    • 7. Understanding their Disorder

      8:33
    • 8. Understanding Mental Illness Diagnoses

      6:26
    • 9. Self Care

      3:35
    • 10. Unconditional Positive Regard

      7:08
    • 11. The Paradox of making them feel better

      8:20
    • 12. Creating Emotional Safety

      0:20
    • 13. Empathic listening-An Introduction

      7:58
    • 14. Why are your Trying to Help? Your Motivation Matters

      4:38
    • 15. Loving Boundaries

      3:54
    • 16. Boundaries 1

      8:54
    • 17. Boundaries 2 Part One

      4:44
    • 18. Boundaries 2 Part Two

      6:48
    • 19. Acting on your Values not their Outcomes

      4:56
    • 20. Enmeshment vs. Detachment: A Better Way

      5:51
    • 21. Being Right vs. Being Helpful

      7:08
    • 22. The Problem with Advice-and some alternatives

      6:10
    • 23. A Strengths Based Approach to Helping

      5:31
    • 24. The Function of Depression

      9:32
    • 25. Patience

      3:17
    • 26. Intro to the Skills Section of this Course

      0:27
    • 27. Helping them Access Resources

      8:19
    • 28. Inviting them to be Active

      4:22
    • 29. Helping them Laugh

      1:34
    • 30. Asking Good Questions

      7:21
    • 31. Extending a Helping Hand

      3:25
    • 32. Helpful Things you could Say

      5:47
    • 33. How to Choose a Therapist

      6:59
    • 34. What to do if they Won't Get Help

      6:03
    • 35. Getting Individualized Support

      2:23
    • 36. Get off the Teeter-Totter:Homeostasis and Polarization

      8:38
    • 37. How to Talk about Suicidal Thoughts

      9:02
    • 38. Medication

      6:35
    • 39. Switch Addictions

      5:09
    • 40. Reflective Listening

      8:06
    • 41. Your Role as a Parent

      5:36
    • 42. Your Role as a Spouse

      4:37
    • 43. Getting into the Growth Zone

      10:28
    • 44. Intimacy Issues

      4:44
    • 45. How to Manage Attention Seeking Behaviors

      6:23
    • 46. Teaming up with them Against the Illness

      5:05
    • 47. Helping them See more Clearly

      5:27
    • 48. Intensive Treatment Options-If Hospitalization is Necessary

      6:32
    • 49. What if they don't want to talk about it?

      4:18
    • 50. Advocating in an Effective Way

      10:08
    • 51. Conclusion

      0:31

About This Class

Someone you care about struggles with depression, anxiety or other mental illness and you want to know how to help.

Mental Illness is common, at least 35% of people experience mental illness during their lifetime, and some estimate that as many as 55% of people have a bout with it once during their lives. That means that as long as you know at least 3 people, odds are good that you know someone with a mental illness.

This course is packed with information for family and friends of someone with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness. It's got 5 hours of education in 55 short videos so you can know what to do to help them.

You’re taking this course because someone in your family or one of your close friends is experiencing depression, anxiety or another mental illness. They need help, and you want to know how to be helpful to them. You’re taking this course because you care about them.

Because you worry about them. Perhaps you’re afraid for their safety or their success.

You’re taking this course, because you-like your friend with a mental illness- don’t know what to do next to help.

In this course I’m going to teach you how to become an influential and positive source of support for your loved one.  I’m going to teach you the changes you can make to be a more effective helper.

  • How to build a Relationship of influence

  • Boundaries

  • Self-care

  • How to listen so they’ll open up to you, (Empathic and Reflective Listening Skills)

  • 32 Ways to help even if they don't want to talk

  • Stuff to say and Stuff not to Say

  • How to help them access resources

  • How to ask good questions

  • What to do if they won’t get help

  • Explore relationship dynamics that my be impeding the healing process

  • And 15 videos dealing with advanced topics like suicide prevention, recognizing dysfunctional roles, managing attention seeking behaviors and self harm, and so much more. 

Your relationship with the person you care about is the most influential factor for change that exists. You have the ability to make a big difference in the lives of others, So Let’s get started learning how to help.

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