Dual Diagnoses of Youth Substance Use Disorders and Depression: The Nature of the Association and Treatment Implications
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Expires on Jun 21, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 06/21/22 - 06/21/25

This activity is a mechanism to claim credit for completing the enduring activity on the PCSS Learning Center. Attendees can complete the evaluation survey, claim credit, and print a certificate by June 21st, 2025. If you need any assistance, please email educme@psych.org.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

This webinar will review the intersection of substance use disorders (SUD) and diagnosed depression within young people in the US. Between 2016 and 2018, Major Depressive Episodes (MDE) increased in terms of percentage and the rate of those with MDE who experience severe impairment. Additionally, SUD presents in 3 of 10 youth experiencing MDE, which makes this subset of the youth/adolescent population at an increased risk of dual diagnoses. Both conditions have compounding effects on one-another, so it is critical to address in the afflicted population. This webinar will also discuss the implications of co-morbid conditions as well as communicating potential interventions and treatment methods to patients and their families.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the five co-occurrence models to diagnosing patients who may be presenting symptoms of both conditions.
  • Explain the implications of comorbid major depressive disorder and substance use disorder to patients and families.
  • Effectively communicate potential interventions and treatment methods to patients and families.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Event Date: June 21st, 2022
Credit Claim Date: June 21st, 2025

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Provider's Clinical Support System (PCSS). The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity - including faculty, planners, reviewers or others - are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of this activity.


  • Yifrah Kaminer, M.D., M.B.A., University of Connecticut School of Medicine, reports the following disclosures: receives royalties for authoring and editing books on adolescent substance use and youth dual diagnoses. Published by the APA.

Planning Committee

  • Andrew J. Saxon, M.D., Director, Center of Excellence in Substance Addiction Treatment and Education. Dr. Saxonreports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • John Renner, M.D., Professor, Director Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Rennerreports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Amy Yule, M.D., Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Yulereports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Benjamin Buchholz, MPH, Instructional Designer, American Psychiatric Association, Ben reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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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 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

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