204. Healing Depression for Life: The Personalized Approach for Youth that Offers New Hope for Lasting Relief

Friday, April 12th 1:30 – 3:00 PM ,, Mood Disorders, Suicide, and Self-harm, Workshops


Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners




Youth depression has reached crisis proportions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated five million adolescents (aged 12-17) had at least one major depressive episode in 2021 (20.1%). Studies are clear that youth depression is a significant indicator of later adult depression. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders will learn not to see youth as “little adults” where depression is concerned since symptoms can manifest very differently. Participants will be able to articulate the new evidence-based treatment modalities being used with adolescent depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). While much of depression research has centered around adult depression, more is becoming known about the architecture of depression in youth, including promising inroads into collaborative care using a whole-person approach to treatment and recovery, which includes emotions, relationships, and physical and spiritual health. This workshop will examine the unique face of depression in youth, as well as effective healing strategies.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Differentiate between adult and youth symptoms of depression.

2. Outline the use of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), IPT-A (interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents), and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) in youth depression treatment.

3. Design an integrative care model using a whole-person approach (emotional, relationship, physical, spiritual) for long-term recovery.