Teens, Depression & Self-Harm: What We Know and What We Can Do

Training Overview

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is hosting a training presented by Sam Marzouk, PhD, LP, Clinical Psychologist and Owner at Promethean Psychology. Given the compelling evidence that depression prevalence rates are rising among teenagers, there is a stronger than ever-need for public awareness and support. This training will begin by providing a closer look at the precise nature of adolescent depression, differentiating between normal mood fluctuations and clinically significant depression among teens. Common signs across multiple domains (e.g., home, school, etc.) will also be explored and discussed. An overview will be provided of the treatment approaches for adolescent depression with the most empirical support. In line with this, this presentation will also describe “quick tips” providers can supply to families to help alleviate symptoms, especially while waiting for more specialized treatment. Finally, ample time will be spent demystifying non-suicidal self-injurious behavior (e.g., cutting) and discussing what the research tells us is the best way for parents to respond to this frightening behavior. This training is open to all professions and addresses adolescents ages 12 – 19.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between normal adolescent mood fluctuations and clinically significant depression
  • Contrast adolescent depression with adult depression for the purpose of illuminating the unique signs and symptoms of adolescent depression
  • Describe the evidence base for current depression treatment approaches for adolescents
  • Define non-suicidal self-injuries behavior and provide strategies for providers to share with families

About the Presenter

Dr. Sam Marzouk is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist and owner of Promethean Psychology, a private psychology practice in the Edina, Minnesota area. Dr. Sam sees children and adolescents of all ages for a variety of psychosocial concerns, although he primarily specializes in working with adolescent males. In addition to his routine clinical work, Dr. Sam regularly provides workshops, trainings and talks to mental health professionals, schools, pediatricians and other pediatric medical providers on topics relevant to child and adolescent mental health. He is also a contributing author to the Minnesota Pediatrician, a quarterly educational newsletter of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Sam has written on a variety of topics including pediatric depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Register via MACMH

This training is anticipated to be approved for two hours of Cultural Competence Content and two hours of Clinical Content.


July 20, 2023
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
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