Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Youth: Pathways to Progress

By Robert D. Friedberg, PhD

Professor, Palo Alto University

Free Webinar Presented by the Alan Hu Foundation

Pleasanton, Calif. — August 22, 2022 — On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Dr. Robert D. Friedberg will present a free mental health webinar sponsored by the Alan Hu Foundation. In his presentation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for De- pression in Youth: Pathways to Progress, Dr. Friedberg explains, “The COVID-19 global pandemic ruptured the world community. The viral outbreak also accelerated rates of depression. For instance, one widely cited article in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Pediatrics reported that 1 in 4 young people claimed they were experienc- ing symptoms of depression. While the rates of depression were high prior to the pan- demic, rates are expected to surge in the peri- and post-pandemic era. Therefore, identifying children at-risk for depressive disorders and providing proper care to them is imperative. Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychosocial intervention for depression in youth. This webinar will discuss common signs of depression in youth, ways to identify these symptoms, and an overview of what parents and youth can expect from CBT oriented treatment.”

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, is a Full Professor, Head of the Pediatric Be- havioral Health Care Emphasis, Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University, a member of the Speakers’ Faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Friedberg is the author of eleven books including Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015 with Dr. Jessica McClure). A new book on creative applications of CBT (with Dr. Erica Rozmid) is due to be published in 2022. His latest project is the use of narrative and storytelling to disseminate CBT to community practitioners.

The free webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:30 –7:30pm PDT time via Zoom. It will include 15 minutes for questions and answers following Dr. Friedberg’s presentation. Please RSVP by September 20, 2022, at: to receive the Zoom meeting link. Participants may join beginning at 6:15 pm PDT. The Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities at will provide simultaneous Chinese interpretation.

The Pleasanton, California-based Alan Hu Foundation was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son, Alan. He passed away due to mental disorders in 2018 at the age of 15. Their mission is to promote mental health, raise awareness and remove stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and to support fundamental research for cures.
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