DSW Candidate – Laura Fieser, MsED, MSSW., LCSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Integrating Exercise and Psychology: A Novel Approach to Combatting Depression

DSW Candidate – Laura Fieser, MsED, MSSW., LCSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Integrating Exercise and Psychology: A Novel Approach to Combatting Depression

This project seeks to address this need by developing and proposing a practical, evidence-based exercise program specifically designed for adults suffering from clinical depression. Primary research was examined to determine specifics of the exercise model F.I.T.T (frequency, duration, intensity, and type), and how it can be applied as a treatment for depression. Through a thorough examination of the physiological and psychological mechanisms, such as the regulation of mood-related neurotransmitters, promotion of neuroplasticity, and improvement of self-esteem and cognitive function, this exercise initiative advocates for a holistic approach to depression treatment.

The project aims to overcome the limitations and side effects of conventional treatments by offering an effective exercise program that is adaptable, enjoyable, and sustainable for clinically depressed clients and can be prescribed by non-fitness professionals. It supports a client-centered methodology, encouraging a collaborative effort between the therapists and client in adapting exercise recommendations. By providing a flexible implementation timeline, this original program aspires to enhance mental health outcomes significantly, offering a promising addition to existing depression treatments and potentially benefiting individuals and communities on a large scale.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Role of Exercise in Treating Depression: Learners will be able to identify and explain the physiological and psychological mechanisms by which a tailored exercise program can alleviate symptoms of depression. This includes understanding how exercise affects mood-related neurotransmitters, promotes neuroplasticity, and improves self-esteem and cognitive function.
  2. Application of the F.I.T.T. Principle in Mental Health: Learners will grasp the specifics of the F.I.T.T. (frequency, intensity, time, and type) exercise model and how to apply it effectively as a non-pharmacological treatment for adults with clinical depression.
  3. Implement a Client-Centered Exercise Program: Learners will develop skills in creating and implementing a client-centered, evidence-based exercise program for depression. Learners will also learn how to provide a flexible implementation timeline to enhance mental health outcomes significantly.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.