Managing persistent or severe depression in young people (December 2016)

This webinar will examine the management of persistent, severe and complex depression in young people, characterised by symptom severity, multiple comorbidities and when ongoing suicidality is present. This webinar will explore a multi-disciplinary team-based approach that incorporates evidence-based psychotherapies embedded within case management and psychiatric review. A particular focus will include consideration of developmental factors, engagement, assessment, managing suicide risk, including input from families, and medication use. The webinar will explore treatment phases from initial stages through to recovery as part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to the provision of mental health care to young people.

Information in this webinar is current as at December, 2016.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, private practice and primary care in managing persistent, severe and complex depression.

What will you learn in this webinar?

The learning objectives for this webinar are to:

  • Understand the characteristics of persistent, severe and complex depression in young people

  • Describe a comprehensive multi-disciplinary model of care for addressing the needs of young people with persistent or severe depression

  • Consider the developmental factors and involvement of families in treatment

  • Explore treatment phases from initial stages of engagement and assessment through to consolidation, recovery and future planning

  • Understand how a comprehensive approach to early intervention can contribute to improved illness and functioning outcomes for young people with complex presentations of depression

Prior knowledge or reading

It is recommended participants have an awareness of the clinical practice guidelines for depression (e.g. beyondblue (2010) Clinical practice guidelines: Depression in adolescents and young adults. Melbourne: beyondblue) and that they view the free introductory online training module Treating complex depression in young people.


Simon RiceDr Simon Rice, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.  

Dr Simon Rice is a clinical psychologist and research fellow with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. He has both a clinical and research interest in men's mental health, mood disorders in young people and e-mental health interventions. His PhD focused on the assessment of depression in men, the key outcome of which was the Male Depression Risk Scale, a validated multidimensional screening tool for assessing externalising symptoms associated with distress in men.

Simon has clinical expertise in forensic and inpatient settings, where he has worked with men experiencing combat-related trauma and intergenerational disadvantage, and he is co-leading the development of ethical guidelines for working with men and boys in mental health settings. He is a board-approved supervisor and is also a clinician in the Youth Mood Clinic at Orygen Youth Health.