Depression Treatment Revised: Lessons We’ve Learned from COVID-19, Antidepressants, and Psychotherapies That Actually Work

A webinar with Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

October 2-3, 2021


Depression is the most common mood disorder in Italy – and the world -according to recent figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). With the escalation of the coronavirus global pandemic ravaging the world’s population, new challenges have emerged for mental health professionals. The rates of anxiety and depression, two disorders most often found together, known as “co-morbid conditions,” have risen sharply for reasons that are readily apparent. What lessons about depression can be learned from the pandemic’s path of destruction?

While the pandemic has garnered the current attention of most psychotherapists, many more studies of antidepressant medications have been published in recent years and new drug and biological treatments have also emerged. Given that antidepressant medications are the most common form of treatment, it’s important for us to consider what can be gleaned from these developments. Likewise, more studies of psychotherapy have appeared in the clinical literature highlighting more of what is effective in overcoming depression. Many of these factors are ones we have known about for some time already, but some others are highlighted that deserve further attention.


Depression’s debilitating tentacles reach into every aspect of peoples’ lives, including relationships, productivity and physical health. Depression’s dangers simply cannot be overstated. Thus, giving voice to lessons we’re still learning about depression remains an ongoing necessity, one that this webinar will help fulfill.

Attendees will have a much clearer understanding of the complexities of depression and a better sense of what can be done to manage depression realistically and skillfully.


Audience: Professionals providing treatment to depression sufferers will benefit from the emphasis on skills to provide their patients, and will acquire better understandings of what to do and also what not to do when treating depression.

Some of the Topics to be Covered in the Presentation:


· What the global pandemic tells us about our vulnerabilities

· Why depression isn’t fated by brain chemistry, genes, diet, or personal weakness

· Why neuroscience is fascinating…but also potentially distracting

· Realistic and unrealistic expectations about medical/biological interventions

· The power of social factors

· Identifying and addressing risk factors

· How our depressed feelings can misguide us when making decisions

· Why an active approach is so critically important to effective treatment

· The dynamics of employing good task assignments to catalyze progress

· The role of focusing strategies such as meditation and hypnosis in fostering emotional self-regulation

A Biographical Description of Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist residing in Southern California. He is internationally recognized for his innovative work in treating depression with active, brief psychotherapies. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and strategic methods to colleagues in more than 30 countries across six continents, and all over the United States. He has conducted trainings in Australia more than 70 times.

Dr. Yapko has had a special interest that spans more than four decades in the intricacies of proactively treating the disorder of major depression. His social view of depression has considerable empirical support and encourages multi-dimensional treatments. He is the author of 16 books and editor of three others, and numerous book chapters and articles on the subject of depression. These include Keys to Unlocking Depression, Depression is Contagious, and Breaking the Patterns of Depression (newly available in audiobook form). His works have been translated into ten languages. He also wrote the authoritative section on “Treating Depression” for the Encyclopedia Britannica Medical and Health Annual. More information about Dr. Yapko’s work is available on his website:

Dr. Yapko is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to advancing the field of psychotherapy, including lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.



October 2-3, 2021

4 P.M. – 8 P.M. Italian Time



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