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This 2-hour intermediate-level, live virtual course is appropriate for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals who treat youth.

Course Overview

This training delves into the realm of youth depression, highlighting various types of major depression. Participants will learn to differentiate between youth who are “down” and youth who have a depressive disorder. This training discusses protective factors that can help depressed youth enhance their overall sense of well-being. Participants will learn interactive techniques designed to help youth explore how to think about the aspects of depression they struggle with. This training will also explore how to handle common challenges and create healthy motivation and provide numerous practical suggestions on how to support individuals grappling with depression. These suggestions are youth friendly and will focus on making small but sustainable lifestyle changes.


As a result of participating in this training,
participants will be able to:

Differentiate between the youth with the blues and youth depressive disorder diagnoses.

Develop at least three strategies to utilize a youth’s protective factors to help mitigate their depression and enhance overall well-being.

Implement at least three strategies to support young individuals experiencing depressive symptoms.

Jim Still-Pepper, MA,LSW


Jim Still-Pepper, MA, LSW is the Director of Community Based Clinical Services at Allwell Behavioral Health Services Inc., a community mental health center where he has worked for over 3 decades striving to get clinical services out of the centers, and into the community.


Jim is the founder of Still Light Seminars LLC, a motivational training and consulting company; he has trained nationally and internationally focusing on mental health, and care of, children and adolescents.


He is also an adjunct instructor in Ashland University’s Founders School of Continuing Education. He develops online courses around behavioral interventions and understanding the mental health of students.

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