Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Adults: An Educational Module for Safety-Net Primary Care Providers
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Expires on May 26, 2025
Credit Offered
1 COP Credit

This free, interactive education module focuses on evidence-based depression care for primary care providers, particularly those who work in safety-net settings. This course will provide primary care providers with the tools to screen, diagnose and treat depression with confidence in their practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate how to screen for and diagnose depression
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to depression treatment
  • Identify medications for depression, the most common side effects, and titration best practices
  • Utilize measurement-based care to treat depression to target
  • Describe how to access depression care resources for patients and providers


  1. Why Depression Care Education is Important
  2. Making the Correct Diagnosis
  3. A Depression Treatment Framework
  4. Depression Treatment Pearls, Best Practices, and Resources


Interactive Online Module

Target Audience

Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: May 26, 2022
End Date: May 26, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn a certificate of participation may do so completing all sections of the course, including the multiple-choice quiz after each section. A passing score of 80% must be achieved on each quiz. Retakes are available for the quizzes. After submitting an evaluation of the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official certificate of participation showing the event date and hours earned.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Lisa Ochoa-Frongia, MD, is a clinician-educator and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Dr. Ochoa-Frongia is a practicing primary care physician and Associate Medical Director at Richard Fine People's Clinic, as well as the Ambulatory Site Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency at SFGH. Dr. Ochoa-Frongia’s current research interests focus on best practices in the treatment of anxiety and depression in the primary care setting, behavioral health integration in safety-net clinics and mental health curricula for primary care providers. Disclosure: Grant/Research – Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).


  • Cristina Calderon, BA, University of California, San Francisco. Grant/Research – California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).
  • Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS, University of California, San Francisco. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Lori Raney, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Grant/Research – California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

For assistance: Contact educme@psych.org for questions about this activity | Contact SMIadviserhelp@psych.org for technical assistance

Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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