Assessing and Managing Depression in African Americans: Clinical and Community Strategies

Description of Course:

Session amounts may vary based on the individual needs of the organization.

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This course will review the most current diagnostic and psycho-pharmacologic interventions for depression. Strategies to address socio-cultural barriers, such as distrust of providers, preference for psychotherapy, and economic inequalities, that disproportionately impact African Americans will be emphasized.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how depression impacts African American clients and discuss techniques for understanding how to retain clients in care. Principles to engage faith- and community-based organizations in mental health promotion will also be presented.

Teaching Methods:

The course is geared to adult learners and will use verbal, written and PowerPoint presentations by the instructor; interactive large group discussion of concepts and of participants’ practice; small group discussions clinical experiences with instructor facilitated feedback, and responses to material presented. Reading materials and handouts of resources and tools will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand the revised diagnostic criteria for MDD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 and risk factors for depression / suicide among African Americans.

Participants will identify evidenced-based assessments for screening and monitoring clients’ depression treatment response.

Participants will understand common side effects, medication combinations, and compliance challenges associated with psycho-pharmacologic treatments for MDD

Participants will develop strategies to engage African American individuals and communities in depression care