University of Vermont Project ECHO


University of Vermont Project ECHO Mental Health Advanced Series: Depression in Primary Care

The Mental Health Advanced Series is a multi-year program with a fall and spring series each year. The 8-session fall series will discuss best practices and evidence-based care for patients experiencing depression, including strategies, screening tools, resources, clinical pearls, and emerging topics in the field. The multi-year program is designed to provide strong foundational knowledge and opportunities for in-depth exploration of mental health integration, with the aim of increasing provider confidence and skill. The spring series will focus on anxiety disorders, following a similar format and in the consistent timeslot of Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30.

This program is offered at no cost to participants through a grant from the Vermont Department of Health.

Participants can receive 1.5 CME credits for each learning session attended. 

General questions about the University of Vermont’s Project ECHO can be directed to, clinical/topic-specific questions can be directed to

September 6, 2023 - December 13, 2023

Mental Health Advanced Series: Depression in Primary Care


This educational series starts on September 6th.  Please register by August 25th.

This program is free to participants and has limited enrollment.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 

University of Vermont Project ECHO Mental Health Advanced Series: Depression in Primary Care Program Overview



Session Date


TeleECHO Session


Session Topic


Session Materials

September 6

Session 1

Assessment of Depression in Primary Care (Sara Pawlowski, MD)

September 20Session 2

Collaborative Care Model Approach: Depressive Disorders (Kerry Stanley, LICSW and Clara Keegan, MD)


October 4Session 3

Brief Intervention Highlights and "Ultra-Rapid CBT" (Emily Greenberger, MD and Julia Terman, MA

October 18Session 4

Advanced Psychopharmacology (Suzanne Kennedy, MD)


November 1Session 5

Expectations in Treatment: Star D Trial Overview and Update (Krista Buckley, MD)


November 15Session 6

Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention Panel (Panel with Sravan Kakani, MD, Rick Dooley, PA-C and Sara Roberts, MD)


November 29Session 7Deprescribing in Depression Polypharmacy (Liz May, MD)Slides

December 13

Session 8Wrap-up and Review/Participant Identified Topics (Mark Pasanen, MD)Slides


Project ECHO Mental Health Advanced Series: Depression in Primary Care

2023 Mental Health Advanced Series Fall


 Additional Resources


Electronic PHQ Form: Click Here

Vermont Depression Data: Click Here

Patient-Centered Care Graphic: Click Here

Evidence-base For Collaborative Care: Click Here

Comparing Collaborative Care to Usual Care: Click Here

Expectations in Depression Symptom Improvement: Click Here

Discussion of Pharmacogenetics (podcast): Click Here

Printable Mood Chart: Click Here

Depression Statistics - COVID19: Click Here

Agitated Depression: Click Here

Bright Light Therapy Directions and Vendors

Ultra-Brief - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (UB-CBT) Workbook: Click Here

Ultra-Brief - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (UB-CBT) Flowchart: Click Here 

Sequenced treatment Alternatives to Relieve Adolescent Depression (STAR-AD): Click Here