Dr. Robert D. Friedberg will present a free mental health webinar sponsored by the Alan Hu Foundation. In his presentation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Youth: Pathways to Progress, Dr. Friedberg explains, “The COVID-19 global pandemic ruptured the world community. The viral outbreak also accelerated rates of depression. For instance, one widely cited article in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Pediatrics reported that 1 in 4 young people claimed they were experienc- ing symptoms of depression. While the rates of depression were high prior to the pandemic, rates are expected to surge in the peri- and post-pandemic era. Therefore, iden- tifying children at-risk for depressive disorders and providing proper care
to them is imperative. Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychosocial intervention for depression in youth. This webinar will discuss common signs of depression in youth, ways to identify these symptoms, and an overview of what parents and youth can expect from CBT oriented treatment.”
Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, is a Full Professor, Head of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Emphasis, Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University, a member of the Speakers’ Faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Friedberg is the author of eleven books including Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015 with Dr. Jessica McClure). A new book on creative applications of CBT (with Dr. Erica Rozmid) is due to be published in 2022. His latest project is the use of narrative and storytelling to disseminate CBT to community practitioners.