Post-Doctoral Institute on Mood Disorders

Training Coordinator Dave Roth Ph.D.

February 2019 through October 2020

 Depression is one of the most frequently encountered mental health problems in a clinical practice.  Over 16 million Americans have experienced at least one episode of depression during the past year.  Mood disorders are a leading risk factor for both fatal and non-fatal suicide attempts. Additionally, the impact which depression and associated disorders can have on one’s occupational, social and educational functioning is often staggering.  It is estimated that by 2020 depression will be the second greatest cause of disability on a world-wide basis.  

This PDI will provide a comprehensive overview of the many faces of depression. We will discuss the circumstances, both historical and ahistorical, under which it is apt to be triggered. The effect which gender and one’s developmental stage has on the development and manifestation of depression will be addressed. Given the potential lethality of depression we will review clinical strategies to help clients that are struggling with suicidal ideation. Participants will also discuss treatments, both psychosocial and biological, which can be used to assist depressed clients in their recovery from this disorder. Finally, as clients with bipolar disorder often present for treatment during a depressive episode, failing to recognize the presence and significance of past hypomanic episodes, a workshop on bipolar disorder will also be offered.  

The PDI will consist of seven three-hour workshops, one 4.5-hour workshop, an introductory seminar of 90 minutes and eight ninety-minute small group discussions for a total of 39. hours contact time. Only PDI students will attend the ninety-minute post seminar sessions. During these small group discussions, we will further explore the material discussed during the didactic session. We will also use this time to conduct a case discussion of at least one client whose issues might be better understood or treated considering the material that was presented during the seminar.

A special Post-Doctoral certificate will be awarded to psychologists who have completed the PDI. As some of the workshops may be significantly outside of the scope of one’s clinical practice the PDI certificate will be awarded upon completion of six of the nine workshops. Continuing education credits will be awarded for time (1 CE per hour) spent at the seminars and during the post-seminar discussion groups.


Current workshop line up

  • Diagnosis of Depression- PDI Introductory Session
    • David Roth, Ph.D. - February 22, 2019
  • Innovations in Assessing and Treating Suicidal Risk
    • David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP  - May 3, 2019
  • Contemporary Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic Treatments for Depression 
    • Dave Roth, Ph.D., and Don Ross, M.D. - October 21, 2019
  • Medication and Other Somatic treatments
    • Marc Lener, MD - November 1, 2019
  • Mood Disorders in Women Throughout the Life Cycle
    • Julie Bindeman, Psy.D. and Harita Raja, M.D. - January 10, 2020
  • Treating Depression in Children and Teens and the Relevance of Neural Circuitry
    • Mary Alvord, Ph.D., Ken Towbin, MD, and Anahi Collado, Ph.D. - March 27, 2020
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
    • Ben Borja, MD - May 8, 2020
  • Depression in the Elderly
    • Susan Lehman, M.D. - October 16, 2020
  • Grief
    • J. Shep Jeffreys, Ed.D., F.T. - November 20th, 2020

 39 CE Credits if you attend all Workshops and all Small Groups Sessions

Including 3 Ethics and 6 Diversity Credits

Specific Objectives

  • To identify extant subtypes of depression and discuss the criteria needed to diagnose Major and Persistent Depressive Disorders.
  • To discuss bipolar disorder and related biopsychosocial treatment strategies.
  • To discuss and apply cutting-edge, cognitively-oriented and psycho-dynamically oriented treatments for depression.
  • To analyze the reasons for the greater prevalence of depression in women and create actionable treatment plans based on this knowledge.
  • To discuss the expression, causes, and treatments of depression in children, adolescents and the elderly.
  • To discuss interventions which can be used in the treatment of clients who are at risk for suicide.
  • To discuss the occurrence of grief over the course of a lifetime and psychosocial strategies to help the grieving client.
  • To identify pharmacological and other somatic treatment strategies used by psychiatrists.

PDI Pricing


Installment plans available or save 10% when you pay in full. 


  Attend all 9 PDI Workshop and all 8 Small Group Seminars Attend PDI Introductory session and 5 Workshops and 5 Small Group Sessions
MPA Member Price


  • A $400 Deposit - At time of registration
  • Eight $100 Installments- before each workshop


  • A $300 Deposit - At time of registration
  • Five $100 Installments- before each workshop chosen
Non Member Price


  • A $400 Deposit - At time of registration
  • Eight $175 Installments- before each workshop


  • A $300 Deposit - At time of registration
  • Five $180 Installments- before each workshop chosen

Installment plans available or save 10% when you pay in full

PDI Coordinator

David Roth, Ph.D. is presently on the staff of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. At any given time between 25% and 50% of his clients are struggling with co-morbid major depressive disorder. Dr. Roth received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 where he first began to research the relationship between depression and dysfunctional patterns of thinking and information processing. As a member of the faculty of Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Roth conducted research on cognitively oriented treatments for depression. While at Sheppard Pratt Health System Dr. Roth coordinated the outpatient depression clinic and the postdoctoral training program. He has been involved in the training of psychiatric residents at Sheppard Pratt and received the teacher of the year award. He has provided numerous workshops on cognitive therapy for depression.


What options do I have for paying?

You can either pay in full or sign up for the payment plan. 

Can I attend just one or two of the workshops?

If you just want to attend a single workshop, you will be able to register for them individually.