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Depression and Bipolar: Understanding Mood Disorders and Providing Support

This workshop provides an overview of common mood disorders in order for participants to understand and respond appropriately. Identify ways you can offer support and what treatment options are available.



This workshop will provide an overview of common mood disorders to understand and be able to respond to them. It will consider the various mood disorders experienced by individuals looking firstly to understand the impacts then to learn how to respond effectively, supportively and safely.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Discuss normal mood and how this may change in various circumstances (looking at a continuum)

  • Explore when alterations in mood are at the point of being considered a mood disorder

  • Learn about the impacts on individuals and whānau

  • Challenge misconceptions and discrimination and understand the impact of these

  • Explore recommended treatment strategies

  • Develop effective and safe strategies and responses for support

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Challenging Discrimination 

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments provided


Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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