Understand the key signs and symptoms of adolescent depression and how it may present itself
Identify how depression differs from low mood and other 'normal' mood fluctuations in teenagers
Describe key environmental and lifestyle factors which may contribute to depression in teenagers
Discuss what teenagers and carers can do to promote a healthier lifestyle within the family
Understand how a psychological approach can help us to better understand depression
Understand CBT and other key strategies that can be helpful for low mood
Identify how patterns of behaviour and thinking can contribute to depression in teenagers and how these can be addressed in therapy
Discuss the importance of good communication when supporting teenagers with depression, both within families and between families and other agencies such as schools
Summarise how and why breakdowns in communication occur and how to resolve these
Depression in teenagers can be long-lasting and have wide-ranging effects. Identifying such difficulties early on and offering appropriate support is key in bringing about positive change for young people. However parents and professionals are not always aware of key signs and symptoms of depression or what to do when teenagers are faced with such difficulties.
This course will help you to recognise low mood and depression in teens, understand CBT – an evidence based treatment, discover practical techniques to help support young people and, access sources of further advice.
Recognising the symptoms and causes of depression in young people
The impact on parents and carers
Understanding self-harm and minimising risk
Seeking help and treatment options
The course has been specifically created for parents of young people with depression and low mood, teachers and primary (or other) healthcare professionals who play a role in detecting mental health difficulties and offering appropriate support and guidance to young people.