CE Credit

Childhood and Adolescent Depression

Welcome to the training on Childhood and Adolescent Depression provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.25 CE

NOTE: In this module, the term “children” refers to children and adolescents, except when differentiation is needed. In addition, the term “parent” also refers to guardians and caregivers.


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to screen for and identify childhood and adolescent depression in a primary care setting, make appropriate referrals when needed and provide ongoing care and coordination.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the signs and symptoms of depression in children and adolescents.
  2. Apply current recommendations for screening children and adolescents for depression, including applying the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule and approved screening tools.
  3. Examine the role of the medical home in the treatment and ongoing management of childhood and adolescent depression.

Please note this module expires on 5/3/2025.

This module was released on 5/3/2022.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Mental Health Screening Tools

The medical definitions provided in this module were adapted or obtained from the American Psychiatric Association, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–5th Edition (DSM-5), Columbia University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Merriam-Webster, the National Institute of Mental Health, PsychCentral, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and WebMD.