Wednesday, June 17

2:00 — 3:00 PM ET

Persistent Depressive Disorders

J. Kim Penberthy, PhD, ABPP

In Collaboration With APA Division 12

This webinar is available at no charge to National Register Health Service Psychologists, National Register Practice Academy members, Canadian Register Health Service Psychologists, and APA Division 12 members. Psychology doctoral students and trainees may also attend at no charge. Non-member psychologists and other healthcare providers may register for $35 (some State Psychological Association members and affiliates receive discounted access, please check with your Association’s central office for details).

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About the Webinar

There is a distinct difference between a brief or transient feeling of sadness in response to something like a disappointing event or painful memory and the kind of depression that is more severe, chronic, or functionally debilitating. In this program, Dr. Penberthy focuses on assessment and treatment for the more chronic of these disorders, the recently designated DSM-5 category of Persistent Depressive Disorders (PDD). She reviews the unique qualities of PDD, especially related to issues regarding duration or timing of symptoms and presumed etiology. She also presents the empirically supported treatments currently used to address PDD, with a focus on the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), the approach specifically designed to treat PDD. The two primary therapeutic goals of CBASP are presented along with the strategies to implement these goals.

Registration and CE Credit

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. National Register Health Service Psychologists, National Register Practice Academy members, Canadian Register Health Service Psychologists, APA Division 12 members, and paid attendees will earn one (1) CE credit upon successful completion of the webinar and evaluation. Doctoral students and trainees attending at no charge are not eligible for CE credit. A recording of the webinar presentation will be available on the week following the conclusion of the live session. This recording is available for CE credit to those unable to attend the live webinar.

CE Information

1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the key differences between acute and chronic forms of depression.
  2. Explain two empirically supported, theory-driven psychotherapy approaches to treat PDD.
  3. Describe two primary therapeutic tools of the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy for PDD.
Time Zone

The webinar will take place from 2:00–3:00pm Eastern Time. Please make the proper time zone conversion to determine the start time in your city.

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About the Presenter

Jennifer “Kim” Penberthy, PhD, ABPP is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She attended Wake Forest University where she obtained a M.A. in experimental psychology and obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was a student of Dr. Jim McCullough, Jr. She completed her fellowship training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she has been on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences ever since.

Dr. Penberthy is a member of UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators, the UVA Leadership in Academic Matters Program, and is a Fellow of Humanism in Medicine at the University of Virginia. She is Co-Director of the Effective Communication and Coping Skills for Physicians, and founding member of Be Wise Peer Support and Coping Program which is dedicated to promoting mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion in medicine. Dr. Penberthy is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion and exploring contemplative practices across cultures. She is past chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Clinical Psychology Diversity Committee and is a fellow in the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She is also the past chair of the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee and the Marketing Chair for the American Board of Clinical Psychology.

Kim is a board certified clinical psychologist and conducts research, teaches, and provides clinical care at UVA in psychiatry and the cancer center. Her research interests include studying the mind-body relationship and exploring the mechanisms of action of psychotherapy. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy and conducts research and lectures widely on this psychotherapeutic approach. She has published extensively on CBASP as well as mindfulness. She lectures internationally and trains professionals in CBASP. Her most recent book is called Persistent Depressive Disorders and is published by Hogrefe.

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