Treatment of Depression in African-American Adolescents

June 28, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Dr. Mirian Ofonedu, Ph.D, LCSW-C

6.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Depression can at times be under-identified and misdiagnosed, especially in youth from minority ethnic and racial groups who live in urban environments. The goal of this workshop is to provide a thorough knowledge of the symptoms, etiological factors, and intervention strategies for depression in African American adolescents. Latest research will be combined with intervention strategies honed from the presenter’s long experience working with African American adolescents with mental health and behavioral concerns. The workshop will equip professionals with comprehensive strategies resulting in more effective outcomes in the management and recovery of depression.

Target Populations:

  • Social workers
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Faith Leaders
  • School Counselors
  • Case Manager
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Community memberes
  • Law Enforcement/Resource Personnel

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify when depression is present in AA adolescents.
  2. Identify cultural differences in symptom presentation.
  3. Become aware of risk factors for depression in this population.
  4. Utilize new intervention strategies that work with AA adolescents.



Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and Social Workers. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  3.0 to 6.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to Social Workers and licensed psychologists. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. No conflicts have been identified.

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