Depression can at times be under-identified, and misdiagnosed, especially in youth from under-represented ethnic and racial groups who live in urban environments. Understanding how depressed Black adolescents describe and assign meaning to their experiences of depression is an important step in the recognition and treatment of depression in these young people. Also, the essence of the lived experience of being depressed in this population includes both externalizing and internalizing strategies for coping, suggesting the need to consider that these constructs may lead to a more informed understanding and identification of depression among African American youths.
This workshop will provide professionals, caregivers, and educators who work with youth and their families with a thorough knowledge of the depressive symptoms presentation in African American adolescents. Factors that complicate accurate diagnosis of depression in this population, and practical intervention approach to assessment and treatment of depression in African American adolescents who are exposed to negative life events will be discussed. Latest research will be combined with intervention strategies honed from the presenter’s long experience working with African American adolescents exposed to trauma and who present with mental health and behavioral concerns.
At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of:
•Depression in African American (AA) adolescents
•How depression present in AA adolescents
•Risk factors for depression in this population
•Need to recognize cultural differences in symptom presentation
•Assessment of depression in AA adolescents
•Why it is important to treat depression in this population
•Intervention strategies that works with AA adolescents