Oct 3 2017: 7:30am–8:30am

Primary Care Management of Depression in Youth

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health, Pediatric Medicine

Primary care providers often are the first contact for depressed children and adolescents. Time constraints and a lack of behavioral health training frequently are barriers to screening for and treating this diagnosis. The session will introduce providers to standardized screening measures to be used in the primary care setting. The discussion of case-based scenarios will increase provider confidence in initiating antidepressants, titrating these medications, and monitoring for side effects. The impact of nonsuicidal self-injury on screening for and treating depression will be addressed. Because some pediatric patients require referral to psychiatry, methods to refer and strategies for the ongoing management of patients awaiting intake appointments will be discussed.

Pediatricians, family practitioners and nurse practitioners who are registered with PediPRN are welcome. 


Jeffrey Hunt
Director, Inpatient and Intensive Services, Bradley Hospital
Professor and Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and Triple Board Residency, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jamie Gainor DiPietro, MD
Triple Board Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize standardized screening measures that may be used with pediatric patients
  • Discuss appropriate antidepressants to initiate in a medication-naïve patient
  • Describe the important elements of an informed consent discussion before initiating an SSRI

Registration Information

This event is free but registration is required. Register online now. Online registration closes Monday, October 2. To register by phone, call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087. 

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital Continuing Medical Education office at 401-444-4260.

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Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.     

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.