Coping with Depression in the Family Seminar 2002

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An educational seminar for those suffering from depression and their family members.

Saturday, October 5, 2002
Mass Medical Society
Waltham, MA

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Collaborating Organizations

  • Children's Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • UMass Medical School
  • Manic Depressive and Depressive Association (Boston)
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Massachusetts (NAMI- Mass)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, New England (AFSP-NE)

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About the Seminar

This one-day seminar, Coping with Depression in the Family, is designed to bring together sufferers of depression with their family members who are affected by the condition. The seminar focuses on how the whole family can work together in managing the condition; talk about it as a family; and strengthen teen and children's resiliency and understanding in dealing with the condition.

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Seminar Schedule

8:30- 9:00
Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:30 am
Opening speech: Julie Totten, President, Families for Depression Awareness

9:30-10:15 am
Dr. William Beardslee*, Children's Hospital, author of Out of a Darkened Room: Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family -- a step by step approach on how to break the silence of depression and talk about it directly to one another.

10:15-10:30 am
Morning break

10:30 -11:30 am - MORNING WORKSHOPS

A. Major depression and treatments. Dr. Anthony Rothschild, UMass Medical and Dr. Scott Aaronson, Sheppard Pratt Institute


Bipolar disorder and treatments. Dr. Nassir Ghaemi and Dr. Matthew Ruble, Cambridge Hospital

11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Lunch and support group/networking sessions led by the Manic Depressive and Depressive Association Boston

12:30- 1:15 pm
Keynote Speakers: best-selling author William Styron* and poet Rose Styron*

1:15-2:00 pm
Family Panel (families tell their stories) with Nell Casey, author of Unholy Ghost*

2:00-2:30 pm
*Book signings and break


C. Communication skills for helping someone with depression, Lois Puillian, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mass.
D. Cognitive behavioral skills for those with depression, Dr. Noreen Reilly Harrington, Massachusetts General Hospital
E. Helping someone who is suicidal, Dr. Mark Goldblatt, McLean Hospital, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Copies of the authors' books will be available for sale and personalized signing at the seminar.

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Mass Medical Society can be accessed from route 128/I-95 to Exit 27B (Winter Street). see: directions.php
Telephone: 781-893-4610

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