ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Depressive disorders are often difficult to diagnose in children and adolescents. Factors that complicate accurate diagnosis range from limited language and communication skills to a struggle for autonomy and reluctance to cooperate. Unfortunately, this means that depressive disorders in children and adolescents are under-diagnosed and under-treated. This course will give you the tools you need to enable accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of these disorders in the children and adolescents you work with. In this course, you will learn about the different types of depressive disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Other Specified and Unspecified Depressive Disorder, as they affect children and adolescents. After reviewing the specific diagnostic criteria for each of these disorders, you will learn how to recognize their more subtle signs and symptoms, particularly how they manifest differently in children of different ages. Youll learn about various causes of depression in youth, as well as current best practices for the treatment of these disorders. The course also examines the risk factors for depressive disorders, paying specific attention to risk factors for suicide and suicidal behavior, in order to facilitate prompt recognition and early detection. This course will guide you through a series of experiential lessons and interactive exercises to help you practice what you have learned. This training is appropriate for a variety of clinical professionals with basic to intermediate levels of experience in working with children and adolescents.