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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
  • Allison J. Applebaum, PhD
Item#: C6522
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)

Major Depression in Adults: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # C6522
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 23, 2016

Expiration Date: November 23, 2019

Depressive disorders affect many people across a wide range of age, cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups, and clinicians need to be aware of the prevalence, different manifestations, symptoms, and effect on functioning among various populations. The purpose of this basic-level course is to educate social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists about major depressive disorder and its distinctions so that the treatment team can provide the client with relief from symptoms and an improved sense of well-being. Participants will learn about the epidemiology of major depressive disorder and how to differentiate types of depression as described by the DSM-5, such as persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and substance- or medication-induced depressive disorder. Causal and influential factors are discussed, such as biological factors, psychological factors, social factors, and cultural considerations.

The course describes signs and symptoms of depression in adults (with a very brief overview of children and adolescents) and discusses clinical assessment, suicide assessment, and clinical diagnosis.  Assessment tools are described.  Participants will learn about treatment planning and the implementation of evidence-based practices. Current treatments are described, including biological treatments, such as psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy; psychological treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy; and social interventions. Relapse prevention and the monitoring of client progress are discussed. A case scenario illuminates treatment and measuring outcomes through goal attainment scales and other forms of single-subject designs.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the epidemiology of depression.
  • Differentiate among the types of depressive disorders.
  • Recognize the symptoms and causal and influential factors of major depression.
  • Describe assessment and treatment approaches for major depression.
  • Describe outcome evaluation approaches.


Teresa Mason, PhD, LCSWC, is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She received a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree in 1987 from the University of Maryland, a master of social work (MSW) degree from Gallaudet University in 1992, and a doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000. Dr. Mason has worked in the mental health field for more than 24 years, in inpatient, outpatient community centers, and private practice settings. Her clinical experience has focused on working with deaf adults who have a chronic mental illness, including those who have major depression. Her current publications and areas of research address the assessment of mental health needs in minority populations.


Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and research associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Davis obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, where her advanced training focused on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies for mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Dr. Davis’s research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexual health and sexual violence, particularly through its effects on emotional and cognitive factors. Dr. Davis serves as an editor and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals.

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, is an assistant attending psychologist and director of the Caregivers Clinic at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Applebaum received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed her clinical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. She has more than 10 years of clinical and research experience in the field of behavioral medicine. Dr. Applebaum’s research is directed toward promoting the psychological and physical well-being of individuals diagnosed with chronic medical illnesses. Her research interests also include the classification of mood disorders, including the nature and treatment of bipolar disorders and the bipolar spectrum.

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