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The Frank Daniels Endowed Lecture, sponsored by Matthew O. Howard, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information

Differential Diagnosis for Depressive Disorders: A Step-by-Step Assessment of a Complex Case presented by Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D. || SLIDES || printable Handouts || Guide to EBA

Additional Resources: assessment tools: FIRM,  7up7downBSDSGBICMRS, and articles: on evidence-based assessment, including on biploar with youths, and future directions,

Monday, February 2, 2015, 12-2 pm, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

CEUs2 hours

Description: This workshop will be conducted as something of a detective story. As clinicians we are often presented with clients who may come across at different moments as depressed, hopeful, anxious, giddy, shut-down, fearful, flat, or agitated. How we assess our clients impacts our treatment plan. Working effectively with PTSD, for example, would differ from our approach to treating an individual with social anxiety or depression. Yet even experienced clinicians do not always see eye-to-eye on diagnosis. In this workshop, Eric Youngstrom will illustrate the process of differential diagnosis by inviting us to engage in his gradually unfolding and transparent assessment of a particularly challenging case study. Participants will gain skills in differentiating between different types of mood disorders, why this matters, as well as gaining in familiarity with relevant assessment tools.


Trainer: Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also Acting Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. He is an extremely engaged researcher – he has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, reviewed articles for more than 70 scientific journals, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals. Much of his research has focused on ways to improve the use of clinical assessment instruments for making better differential diagnoses, predictions about future functioning, or monitoring of treatment progress – particularly with regard to bipolar disorder across the lifespan. Currently, he is the principal investigator on two multi-site studies designed to improve the assessment of bipolar disorder in diverse communities. He has presented his work at scientific meetings around the globe, and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching.

Handouts: All handouts for the event are available on the top of this event’s page

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Learn base rates in different settings, such as public schools, outpatient services, forensic settings, and inpatient units; and how to use these benchmarks to evaluate efficiently
  • Use assessment procedures to aid in differential diagnosis and measuring response to treatment
  • Apply new methods for interpreting test results, including methods taking into account clinical settings where we work

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs 2 hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  2 Contact Hours.  

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for hours of category A continuing education credit.

 Attendance Policy: – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session. 

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at or 919-843-5818