STI Depression Protocol: Tools, Tips and Strategies

STI Depression Protocol: Tools, Tips and Strategies


This course teaches quick, simple, concrete, evidence-based strategies to effectively improve depressive symptoms for all types of people. These 5, 10, and 15 minute conversations can be done in any setting with patients on or off medication, in or out of therapy. They even work with patients who don’t endorse being depressed.


Help your depressed patients in less than five minutes 

Most clinicians “refer out” their depressed patients:  

  • Limited time and have other issues to address.
  • Nervous to open up the proverbial “pandora’s box”

When providers learn strategies to help their patients they feel:

  • Empowered to do meaningful work
  • More connected to their patients
  • More satisfied with their work and professional life

This course teaches simple, concrete, evidence-based strategies which work for all patients regardless of whether the patient acknowledges the problem, is on medication and/or is seeing a therapist.

Series of tools to use in 5-15 minutes.

You will learn a series of three sets of strategies to help your patients. 5, 10 and 15 min. sessions

This exact combination has helped thousands of patients over the last 7 years. 

+ patients helped over the last 7 years

Learning objectives:

After taking the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize four common depressive behaviors.
  • Learn specific language to introduce the strategies. 
  • Learn most effective stance.
  • Identify where three specific emotions are felt.
  • Identify three reasons why people are scared of their emotions.
  • Learn key educational components needed to effectively work with emotions. 
  • Create graphic representation of thought/mood/behavior connection.
  • Identify the one action that can worsen depression.
  • Use specific language to explain the thought/mood/behavior connection to a patient.
  • Identify two key strategies to effectively improve depressive symptoms in five minutes.
  • Identify three key strategies to effectively improve depressive symptoms in ten minutes.
  • Identify four key strategies to improve depressive symptoms in fifteen minutes.

There is a need for quick solutions 

The “mental health care system” in the US is completely broken:

  • more than 50 percent of patients get treated for behavioral health issues by their primary care provider (PCP); however, most PCPs have not received adequate training in behavioral health.
  • 11.8 million Americans need but don’t receive mental health
  • People with behavioral health issues have 2-3 times the health care costs
  • 17% of adults have co-morbid behavioral and physical health problems
  • More than half the counties in the US have no mental health professionals whatsoever
  • Between 30 and 80 percent (depending on the study) of all primary care visits are driven in significant part by behavioral health issues