Depression, often considered a primarily adult condition, is on the rise amongst children and teens. Childhood depression, historically known as chronic sadness and pervasive negative thinking, has only recently been diagnosed as a more serious condition requiring intervention and, often, professional treatment.

This course familiarizes the teacher with the causes and symptoms of childhood depression and equips the teacher with strategies for helping students overcome negative thinking styles and harmful emotional patterns. It also provides tools for fostering a child’s support system and involving parents, as well as strategies for cultivating a positive classroom culture using the mindfulness approach.