Evidence-Based Medication Treatments for Anxiety and Depression in Young People

Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., Stoney Brook University

Dr. Gabrielle Carlson provides an overview of the medications available for anxiety and depressive disorders in children. In addition, Dr. Carlson summarizes the results of the largest clinical trials for these medications.

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Evidence-Based Treatment of Depression in Adolescents

John F. Curry, Ph.D., ABPP, Duke University

In this overview, Dr. John Curry provides a description of the components common to evidence-based treatments for depression in adolescents. He also describes the acute and long-term effects of treatment for depression, and lastly, he provides an overview of the results from the largest clinical trials of youth depression.

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Evidence-Based Treatment for Depression in Adolescence: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies

John Curry, Ph.D., ABPP., Duke University

Dr. Curry reviews cognitive behavioral strategies that were used in the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study session by session. He describes key points about each session and demonstrates techniques using role-play and videos. Techniques demonstrated include providing psychoeducation about depression, cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, modifications for families, and more.

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ACTION: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Depressed Youth and Their Parents

Kevin Stark, Ph.D., University of Texas

Dr. Stark discusses how to use affective education, coping skills training, problem solving training, cognitive restructuring, and building of more positive core beliefs to treat depression in children and adolescents. He also suggests ways to flexibly use the primary and secondary treatment ingredients of ACTION to successfully treat depressed youth. Dr. Stark also demonstrates how to conceptualize a depressive disorder in a child and subsequently develop an effective treatment plan. Lastly, Dr. Stark reviews the components of the ACTION Parent Training Program.

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Principles & Techniques of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression

Laura Mufson, Ph.D., Columbia University

Jami Young, Ph.D., Rutgers University

Drs. Mufson and Young describe the integral techniques of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents. In addition, they provide the research and theoretical background supporting the use of IPT-A. Lastly, they demonstrate the core components of IPT-A through role-plays and demonstrations.

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