What’s My Role? Helping Your Loved One Manage Depression Treatment

Daughter and Father Family Therapy

Aired Thursday, October 6, 2022

Watch Below

“Is therapy even working?” “I don’t think this medication is the right fit.” “Now, what do we do!?” Does any of this sound familiar??

It’s a frustrating fact: there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression. As a caregiver, you want to confidently point your loved ones toward treatment options you know will help them get well. Unfortunately, finding the right treatment takes time and is almost always a trial and error process.

How can you be expected to put your faith in therapists, doctors, medications, and insurance systems when your loved one’s health and life are on the line? By being educated and equipped to support your loved one in getting appropriate treatment, you can play a pivotal role in helping them get on the path toward wellness.

Join our webinar to learn how to differentiate between types of evidence-based depression treatment, recognize if treatment is making a difference, and what you can do when treatment isn’t working. Together, we’ll demystify the mental health system so you feel more confident about helping your loved ones make informed decisions about their treatment.


Takeda Lundbeck Alliance

Sage Therapeutics



Pear Therapeutics

Janssen Neuroscience

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program


As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Maureen Clark, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Maureen Clark, PhD, MSW, LICSW is the BSW Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work department at Westfield State University. She graduated with her PhD in social work from the UConn School of Social Work and received her MSW from Springfield College School of Social Work. Maureen has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with a range of clinical needs, in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Maureen held multiple roles in Crisis Services including as a child and adult trained crisis clinician, shift supervisor, and the staff development and clinical supervisor. Maureen has been a passionate advocate and proponent for continued learning for delivery of best practices. She is invested in research that focuses on implicit and explicit experiences of coercion among individuals diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses and the gaps within the mental health service delivery system that contribute to these experiences. Maureen’s current research focuses on promoting the voices of those with lived experiences of involuntary civil commitment in Massachusetts.


Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. is a Professor of the Practice of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and directs a new Learning Health Systems Center at Mass General Brigham. He has served as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and as Deputy Medical Director and Director of Research for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Dr. Wang has been awarded grants from CMS, NIMH, NIDA, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and he has served on FDA Advisory Committees for Psychopharmacologic Drugs, Medical Devices, as well as Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate, medical school, masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology, as well as psychiatry residency and chief residency, all at Harvard University.


Valerie Cordero, PhD, Moderator

Valerie Cordero, PhD, Co-Executive Director, joined the FFDA staff in 2010. Before assuming her role as Co-Executive Director primarily responsible for fundraising and marketing, she held positions in programs and development. Now based in FFDA’s Nashville office, Valerie utilizes her personal knowledge of how mood disorders affect families in dialogues with donors, partners, and the general public. Valerie has lent her voice to national discussions of mood disorders and been featured on major media outlets such as Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and New York Magazine’s vertical The Cut. She received her BA from Spelman College and earned her Masters and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California at Los Angeles.