Depression in Women Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment Strategies


Start: Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 8:30 AM (EDT)

The Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House 500 Easthampton Road (Route 141)
Holyoke , MA 01040
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About This Activity

Depression occurs more frequently among women than men worldwide. Women are more likely to seek psychotherapy for depression and receive more prescriptions for antidepressants. Dr. Coons will first review the biopsychosocial factors which place women at risk and evidence-based treatments which improve outcomes, and then focus on the clinical skills required to improve interdisciplinary assessment, treatment and prevention. Case discussions with workshop participants will highlight diverse women at different points in the life cycle (i.e., pregnancy, post-partum, the menopausal transition and elderly).

Learning objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Identify at least two biopsychosocial factors which place women at risk for depression across the lifespan.

2) Apply at least two evidence- based treatment approaches for depression among women.

3) Utilize at least two clinical strategies to reduce the risk of relapse of major depressive episodes in women.

4) List at least two collaborative strategies to employ with psychiatrists, primary care providers and other clinicians participating in the treatment of depression in women.

Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP, is the President and Clinical Director of Women’s Mental Health Associates in Philadelphia and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine.  Dr. Coons routinely gives workshops to health care providers, community groups and corporate audiences on women’s health and mental health issues, and is a expert source for TV, magazine, and internet writers.

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