Depression Course

In Living Color: Depression Treatment in Primary Care

Presented by

American Psychiatric Association
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)


The purpose of this course is to help physicians who treat patients in the primary care setting to better recognize and treat depression in racial and ethnic minorities and to improve doctor-client communications about depression.

Key Topics

  • Recognizing and treating depression in racial and ethnic minorities
  • Overcoming challenges in diagnosis and treating depression in racial and ethnic groups
  • Communication and person-centered, culturally competent care

Learning Objectives

  • Interpret how depression can manifest itself in racial and ethnic minorities
  • Identify appropriate depression screening, diagnosis, and treatment options in the primary care settings
  • Recognize ways to involve family and others in the patient’s support system in therapy
  • Demonstrate how a physician’s culture and their patients’ cultures can affect diagnosis and treatment
  • Develop strategies for effective physician-patient communication

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, general practitioners, family physicians, geriatric physicians, OB/GYNs, internists, pediatricians.

Course Directors

Annelle Primm, MD, MPH
Deputy Medical Director
Director, Division of Diversity and Health Equity
American Psychiatric Association

Majose Carrasco, MPA
Director, NAMI Multicultural Action Center  

Program Support

This program was developed jointly by the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance of Mental Health. It is supported by a grant from Praxis Partnership, a consortium of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Vanderbilt University, and Indicia Medical Education, LLC. Praxis is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

For more information, call 703-907-8639 or email