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Self-Study Webinar: Rating Scales and the Diagnosis of Depression

Self-Study Webinar

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SELF-STUDY WEBINAR

2 CEU for LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs

How well do we diagnose Depression? How do we truly make the difference between Depression and sadness, or even Major Depression? Make a difference by joining for this webinar.


At the end of this webinar you will have:

  1. Learned a framework to effectively understand rating scales for Depression
  2. Mastered principles, techniques, and Do's and Don's when using rating scales in Depression
  3. Had an opportunity to role play the framework learned
  4. Earned your CEUs while learning in a safe, engaging, and dynamic community, through the latest adult learning theories
  5. Left with skills that you can immediately implement to enhance your practice and the work you do with your patients and clients.

Here’s what our attendees are saying about our SWEET Webinars:

"In depth, substantive information on the subject by the presenter, and helpful contributions from attendees via excellent interactive technology. A wonderful way to learn. After this experience I plan to look into becoming a member."

- Enid, LMSW




There are a handful of states that the NASW does not cover because those states want to maintain their independent authority to approve, or not, providers and courses. In New York State, the Office of Professions controls the approval process. We are an approved provider by the NY State Office of Professions. In other words:

  • In the State of New York, SWEET Institute is approved by the Office of Professions under Dr. Sidor Psychiatric Services as a CEU provider for social workers (#SW-0471) and mental health counselors (#MHC-0127).
  • Our live and self-study webinars are individually approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in 46 additional states. SWEET courses are NOT approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in: Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia.


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89% of SWEET Webinar Attendees feel that the courses give them practical information they can use in their everyday life

Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator


Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a quadruple board certified psychiatrist, with board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (General Adult Psychiatry), Child and Adolescent, Addiction, and Forensic, Psychiatry. He has training in public and community psychiatry, psychopharmacology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He also has training in Motivational Interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, and family and couples therapy. He has clinical, teaching, and supervision experience; he has mentorship, coaching, and management, skills; and he has experience as a primary care physician, in public speaking and writing. Dr. Sidor also has skills in leadership, research, program development and project management. His overall goal is to help all health professionals, throughout the United States and globally, access the tools they need to feel empowered to provide excellent patient care while also promoting their own self-care and burnout prevention. He is the main facilitator for the SWEET Institute, and he is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University.Dr. Sidor was recently the Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for CASES (Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services) where he continues to provide psychiatric care. He speaks and writes fluently in four (4) languages—French, English, Spanish, and Creole, with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Italian.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW, has wide clinical, teaching, supervision and mentorship experience that spans 18 years. She also has a vast experience working in the criminal justice system, in community mental health, in teaching, and in management. Her added passion is in education, coaching, public relations, and mediation. Her goal is to ensure that social workers and other non-medical practitioners feel empowered and have a voice “at the table.” Dr. Dubin-McKnight is the co-facilitator for the SWEET Institute. She was most recently the Court Operations Director at CASES. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She is also a trainer at the CUCS Academy, and Howie T. Harp. She has a private practice for people impacted by loss and trauma and also provides clinical supervision.


"Good examples; asking questions; good reinforcement with the evaluation Qs; good timely chat responses/evocation of contributions & dialog; good overall consideration of total patient/client world/factors; solutions; caring; the actual caring modeling presence of Karen & Mardoche!"

- Sherry, LMHC

"The layout of the lecture portion was organized and it was helpful to make the lecture interactive to keep the audience engaged. The role play was excellent and helpful to see the techniques used in real time."

- Natalie, LMSW

"The SWEET Institute has a relaxed, caring, and professional learning environment. The instructors are knowledgable and provide useful instruction to broaden the clinical scope beyond the medical model"

– Jacquelyn, LCSW-R



"The SWEET approach really works quite well in enabling and facilitating continued professional growth."

- Louis, LCSW

SWEET Curriculum


  Rating Scales and the Diagnosis of Depression
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Frequently Asked Questions


I see you have a membership. What do I get with it?
A SWEET Membership entitles you to: unlimited access to all live and pre-recorded self-study webinars. A SWEET membership also entitles you to: 50% discount for in-person seminars (currently only available in New York City), in-person and online group supervision, in-person and online group coaching, annual conferences, networking events, and opportunities to be connected with other like-minded individuals around the world!
What is the SWEET Institute?
SWEET’s vision is to facilitate the empowerment of all clinicians, advocates, and agencies, and in turn, that of patients and clients they serve. Through empowerment, self-care will be promoted, burnout will be prevented, and excellent patient/client care will be upheld. At SWEET, we emphasize “the Why, the How, the What, and Then What, while using the Socratic and Desire Methods. SWEET’s mission is to facilitate empowerment through education, multimodal trainings, and a community established for all clinicians, advocates, and agencies, so we can all grow together.
How different are these webinars? Will I be able to interact with the Course Facilitator(s)?
Absolutely. One of the keystone paradigms of the SWEET Institute is the collective learning process. This is accomplished using the Socratic Method and is based on the most up-to-date adult learning theories. Integrating this process into our in-person seminars and live webinars creates a unique and dynamic learning experience for all of us. It is essential to us that a comfortable learning environment is created, so that anyone who attends our webinars or in-person seminars participate and are able to take risks and push themselves to gain deeper knowledge. In our webinars, this will be done through our chat feature. Also, both Mardoche and Karen are available for consultation and clarification following webinars and in-person seminars or by email at [email protected]
How will I get CEUs?
At the end of the webinar, you will be completing a post-webinar exam for online learning, and an evaluation of the course. Once complete, your certificate will be emailed to you.
Are you available for in-person or online training for agencies, including those outside New York?
We are! We will first need to learn more about the specific needs of your agency/organization. This way we are able to customize our seminars/webinars to ensure that it is the best fit possible for the staff.
I’m an LMHC/LMSW/LCSW, do you provide CEU credits?
SWEET is currently approved to provide continuing education credits to clinicians in 45 states. We are approved by the New York State Department of Education to provide CEU credits to LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs. Our webinars are individually approved by NASW in 44 additional states. The only states we currently cannot provide CEU credits for social workers are Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia.
What is your cancelation policy for memberships?
Monthly Memberships: We trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel at any time and not have to pay the recurring monthly membership, should you choose to cancel. Annual Memberships: You are getting a 2-month discount because of your Annual Membership commitment. Furthermore, we trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel your Annual Membership within 30 days, and receive a full refund minus one-month worth of membership. After 30 days, you will have experienced SWEET enough to determine that it is indeed the right fit for you, and any cancellation after that will ensure that your Annual Membership does not renew at the expiration date. You will be able to continue to access all SWEET services during the remainder of your membership year.

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