Depression Center

About DOCC

As counseling centers continue to be faced with an ever-increasing demand for services, colleges and universities must consider more effective and efficient strategies for providing support to a large population of students with unique and varying needs. Emerging strategies include precision health and stepped care approaches to better determine and provide the “right intervention for the right person at the right time.”

Join us for the 17th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings, model programs, and policies which highlight evidence-based approaches to identify and determine the level of intervention required to best match student need to improve health outcomes.

Learning Objectives Audience Continuing Education

Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding and ability to implement:

  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health services based on level of care needed;
  • Research which demonstrates the practice implications and impact of utilizing a stepped care approach to campus mental health programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery, prevention, and intervention methods to address mental health concerns among students with varying levels of mental health distress;
  • Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to facilitate treatment engagement;
  • Strategies for faculty, staff, and students to support students via their different campus roles;
  • Personalized treatment strategies to improve health outcomes of college students.

The conference is targeted to academic advisors, counselors and counseling center directors, faculty, health educators, parents, psychiatrists, psychologists, student affairs administrators, staff, and students

Continuing Education Applications have been made to the:

  • National Association of Social Workers and the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative to provide continuing education credits for social workers.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors to provide continuing education credits for certified counselors.
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. to provide continuing education credits for Certified Health Education Specialists.
Dates & Location

March 13-14, 2019


U-M Rackham Graduate School Building, Ann Arbor

Contact Stephanie Salazar with questions: sawaters@umich.edu

Hotel & Travel

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Parking in Ann Arbor is limited!

A conference shuttle will run from the Hampton Inn South Hotel (925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor MI) to the Rackham conference every 15 minutes. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of this!


If you attempt to park near the Rackham building, you will have to pay for parking, and may not be able to find any.

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Click here to see visitor parking options.

A conference shuttle will run from the Hampton Inn South hotel to the Rackham building. If you are not staying at the Hampton Inn South, you can park in their lot and take the shuttle.


Hampton Inn South

925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

734-665-5000 | hamptoninn.com

Special rate for conference attendees is $115.00 per night. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at the time of making the reservation. Reservations must be made by February 27, 2019 to guarantee this rate. This hotel is approximately 3 miles from the conference site. The University of Michigan will provide shuttle service from the hotel to the Rackham Building.

You must ask for the group name "U-M Depression Conference" when making your reservation

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Airport Information

For those of you flying in for the conference, you will want to select Detroit Metro airport as your destination. Ann Arbor is a 30 minute drive from the airport.

Transportation To And From The Airport

Cabs are available from the Detroit Metropolitan airport to Ann Arbor. Expect to pay between $50-$65 one-way. You can also make arrangements (at least 24 hours in advance of your flight) to take a shuttle:
AirRide: www.myairride.com(link is external). Public transit service connecting Ann Arbor with Detroit Metro Airport. $12 one way with reservation ($15 walk-on, exact change required). Bus stops at the Blake Transit Center, Kensington Court Hotel, and U-M Central Campus Transit Center in Ann Arbor. See website for schedule. Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle: http://www.annarborairportshuttle.net/index.html(link is external) or 734-699-8500. $37 per person from the airport to Ann Arbor, $32 per person from Ann Arbor to the airport. See website for discounted rates on multiple passengers.

Driving Directions

From East from I-94 exit at State Street (exit 177) (approx. 20 miles from Detroit Metro Airport); go north on State, which will take you into campus. Several parking options are located west of State and north of Madison. Rackham Graduate School, your first destination, can be reached by continuing north on State Street and turning right on Washington. It will be on the left, just before Fletcher Street.

From North US-23 to Business M-14 (Main Street). Take Main Street to Huron Street. Turn left (east) on Huron. Turn right on State Street. Several parking options are located west of State Street (from State, turn right on Liberty and left on Thompson to reach the Maynard St. parking structure). To reach Rackham from Huron and State, take a right onto State (south), and then turn left (east) on E. Washington. Rackham is on the left, just before Fletcher Street.

From West From I-94, exit at Jackson Road (172), which becomes Huron Street as you travel east. Continue east on Huron. Take a right onto State (south), and then turn left (east) on E. Washington. Rackham is on the left, just before Fletcher Street.

From South US-23 to Washtenaw Avenue West exit (exit 37B). After you travel approximately 2-3 miles, there is a fork in the road, splitting into Stadium Blvd and Washtenaw Ave. Stay to the right to continue on Washtenaw. Keep following Washtenaw, which will eventually curve to the left and become E. Huron Street. Take Huron Street to Fletcher Street. Turn left onto Fletcher. Then take your first right, which is Washington Street. Rackham is the large building on your right.

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Call for Student Mental Health Advocate Award Nominations (Due 1/7/19) Learn More

Submit a nomination

To recognize outstanding student leadership in the area of campus mental health, the University of Michigan has created the Student Mental Health Advocate Award. In 300 words or less we ask nominators to describe how this student has helped to create a healthier campus community which fosters student success by:

  • Raising awareness of mental health issues on campus through education and outreach, and/or
  • Advocating for outreach programs and mental health services on campus which help to identify students at risk, encourage help-seeking, and promote healthy self-care, and/or
  • Helping to reduce the stigma of depressive illnesses.

The U-M Depression on College Campuses Conference Planning Committee will review the nominations and select a recipient. The Committee will pay travel expenses for the recipient to attend the conference, and present the award during the banquet lunch on Thursday, March 14.

In addition, the person who nominates the selected student will receive free registration and hotel accommodations for the conference.

Deadline for nominations is January 7, 2019. The award recipient will be notified by January 30, 2019.


Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan Provost

College of Engineering

College of Pharmacy

Rackham Graduate School

School of Social Work

School of Music Theatre and Dance

Ford School of Public Policy

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

School of Kinesiology

School of Information

Law School