Child and Adolescent (July 2021)

Master Clinician webinar series

Evidence-based treatment of child & adolescent depression and suicide

Professor Emeritus Mark A Reinecke (Northwestern University)


This approx. 2hr 43 min Master Clinician webinar was recorded in June 2021 and released in July 2021.

AACBT members can view for free.

Non-members may purchase here.

CBT is now accepted as a “standard of care” for depressed youth, and the modular CBT protocol developed for the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) project is widely respected as among the best. It incorporates a range of evidence-based techniques and strategies clinicians will value. Working with depressed and suicidal youth can be a challenge. This workshop will provide clinicians with an understanding of teen depression as well as tools for treating it.   Depression and suicide among youth are increasingly important clinical and public health concerns. Rates of depression and suicide among children and adolescents have been rising for over 15 years. Moreover, recent findings indicate that symptoms of depression among youth have been spiking since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and that approximately a quarter of adolescents and young adults acknowledge having “seriously thought about suicide” in the past month. Suicide is now a leading cause of death in this age group. Disseminating effective, evidence-based treatment for depressed youth, then, is a clinical priority. This workshop addresses a timely and important clinical problem, and is supported by rigorous scientific evidence   This workshop will present an integrative socio-cognitive model of depression, and a modular cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) protocol developed for treating moderately to severely depressed youth. The workshop will present a range of cognitive and behavioural treatment strategies and will review research supporting the short- and long-term effectiveness of the approach, moderators and predictors of change (including SES, ethnicity, and life events/ACES), and predictors of relapse and recurrence. Our goals will be practical—to provide participants with an understanding of cutting-edge, empirically supported CBT treatments for depressed youth.  

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the essential components of the socio-cognitive model of child and adolescent depression
  2. Discuss and use modular CBT techniques and strategies developed for the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS)
  3. Discuss and critique evidence regarding the effectiveness of CBT with depressed youth and list moderators and predictors of treatment response

  This workshop will provide clinicians with an overview of the developmental psychopathology of child and adolescent depression and integrative cognitive-behavioural model for understanding major depression among youth. As importantly, it will provide clinicians with practical tools – CBT case-formulation, assessment, and evidence-based treatment strategies – which can be helpful with depressed youth and their families. These approaches have been found to have significant positive effects not just on mood but on functioning.

Biographical Information Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT is Professor Emeritus and past Chief Psychologist at Northwestern University. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he was the Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy. He is a Distinguished Fellow and former president of the Academy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and he Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is the recipient of the Cynthia D. Belar Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychological Association. Mark’s research and clinical interests center on understanding and treating depression, suicide, and anxiety among youth. Widely published, he has authored or edited eleven books. A new book, “Landmark papers in psychiatry” (Oxford University Press) was published last year.  

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