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Learning Wednesday: Depression: Etiology, Assessment, and Diagnosis

March 14, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

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Depression: Etiology, Assessment, and Diagnosis

March 14, 2018

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST 


NYSED Approved for 1.5 CEU

NASW Members: $10/Class | Non-Members: $25/Class

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Course Description:

A PowerPoint presentation will provide an overview of theory pertaining to depression and its etiology, as well as discuss assessment and DSM V depression-related diagnoses. A case will be presented, and the learners will be challenged to apply the diagnostic criteria and identify the prominent symptoms of depression, as well as respond to other questions designed to apply the learned material to the case.


  1. The webinar will seek to refresh and/or update the learner's knowledge of depression, related theory, and the learner's ability to use and apply DSM V criteria to case examples to make accurate diagnoses of depression and co-morbid pain.
  2. This webinar will teach strategies to facilitate accurate assessment of depression with a systems perspective.
  3. The webinars seek to satisfy the individual learning goals described by the learners prior to the start of the course.




Dr. Joseph Hunter, PhD, LCSW is a highly experienced and well-educated behavioral health leader with over 16 years of combined state and federal government employment experience, primarily as a subject matter expert in the behavioral health field in the areas of substance use disorders and suicide prevention; he possess strong leadership and team building skills that have contributed to the development of numerous specialized innovations in the areas of clinical practice, research, and treatment programming; and, he is an experienced and talented educator for graduate students, as well as seasoned professionals. His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (1989), a Masters Degree in Social Work (1993), and a Ph.D. in Social Work (2010).

In 2005, Dr. Hunter was awarded the SAMHSA Dissertation Grant to complete his study on adolescent substance use disorder treatment. In 2011, Dr. Hunter was selected for two-year post-doctoral fellowship, and as a result was recognized as a VA/Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. This year, Dr. Hunter has received distinguished recognition for his innovative work in behavioral health.

Dr. Hunter serves as the VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY, currently on detail to the National Suicide Prevention Office. In addition, Dr. Hunter joined the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work as part-time adjunct lecturer in 2013. Currently, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, he teaches Masters of Social Work (MSW) courses in the areas of: clinical practice with service members and veterans, evidence-based clinical practice in mental health settings, mental health and human development, and mental health research. He is also an New York State approved provider of online and in-person continuing education for licensed social workers in New York State, offering training privately and for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  


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March 14th, 2018 3:30 PM through  5:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW Member $ 10.00
Non-Member $ 25.00

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March 14, 2018
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