Self-Study | Impact: Online Training for Depression

This IMPACT online training course is a 13-module program in IMPACT care that has been adapted from a two-day, onsite training course. A nationwide study demonstrated that the IMPACT team approach more than doubles the effectiveness of depression treatment, and the effects of the program are sustained even one year after treatment ends. IMPACT is associated with significantly greater improvement in depression, functioning, and quality-of-life over a two-year follow-up period as compared with standard treatment. Reports also show a reduction of more than $3000 in total healthcare costs over a four-year period. The 13 modules in this course include video presentations, PowerPoint slides, and resources such as handouts. In this self-paced, learning-directed program, you can watch and learn from as many modules as you choose. This online training program is an excellent resource for review after you complete onsite training or once you have started integrating IMPACT into your clinical setting.

Publish Date: October 1, 2011. This course will be available for three years from this date. 

Target Audience

Social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, primary care providers, nurses, nurse practitioners and any healthcare professional with an interest in delivering depression care.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be better able to:

  • Describe key elements of evidence-based depression care.
  • Demonstrate practical, evidence-based approaches to recognizing and treating depression in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Describe the effectiveness of collaborative care with clinically challenging cases, e.g., persistent depression and comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions.
  • Demonstrate nonpharmacologic treatments, such as behavioral activation.
  • Discuss the effects of depression and strategies for treatment for specific populations, e.g., mothers, adolescents and patients with chronic pain or illness.
  • Identify challenges and successes in implementing IMPACT in different settings.
  • Develop a plan for implementing IMPACT in your setting.

Additional Information

  • Integrated Care
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Antidepressant Medications
  • Problem-Solving Treatment
  • Challenging Cases & Psychiatric Consultation
  • Chronic Pain and Depression
  • Chronic Medical Illness and Depression
  • Maternal Depression
  • Adolescents and Depression
  • Implementation Lessons from the Real World
  • Financing

UWCNE Accreditation Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 17.50 Contact hours
  • Rita Haverkamp, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CNS
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, San Diego, CA 
  • Lori Higa, RN
    Visiting Nurse, Home Health & Hospice, Group Health, Seattle, WA 
  • Nancy Jaeckels
    Vice President, Member Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Bloomington, MN 
  • Wayne Katon, MD
    Professor and Vice Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW, Seattle, WA 
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R 
    SAP Consultant and Senior Trainer, IMPACT Implementation Center, Seattle, WA 
  • Barbara Mauer, MSW
    Retired - Consultant 
  • Diane Powers, MA
    Program Manager, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW, Seattle, WA 
  • Rachel Quintanilla, LMSW
    Care Manager, Project Vida Health Center, El Paso, TX 
  • Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor, UW Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA 
  • Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
    Professor and Vice Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW, Seattle, WA 

Available Credit

  • 17.50 Contact hours


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