Category: Child / Adolescent - Depression


Workshop 3 - Adolescent Behavioral Activation Program

Friday, November 17
11:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Behavioral Activation | Depression | Service Delivery
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Behavioral Activation (BA) is a brief treatment for depression that emphasizes the importance of activation and overcoming avoidance as a way to manage and recover from depression. Over the course of the last several years, Behavioral Activation Therapy has proven to be as effective as CBT and medication management in the treatment of moderately to severely depressed adults. More recently, this treatment approach has been increasingly used and studied in youth with depressive disorders. In the treatment of youth with depressive disorders, BA has been used in two different ways - as a standalone treatment and as a component in modular approaches to care. In this workshop, participants will be provided with a brief overview of the history of BA, followed by a deeper dive into the central components of the BA model, including how to explain and present the model to youth in an effort to enhance buy-in. Emphasis will be placed on teaching, modeling and practicing key strategies (e.g., mood monitoring, guided activation, goal setting, overcoming avoidance) related to helping adolescents increase activity, overcome avoidance, and maximize reward in their lives. Using a variety of hands-on exercises, participants will have the opportunity to learn the strategies, practice them, and debrief their use with the facilitators. Time will also be devoted to discussion between participants and presenters about using this structured treatment in a flexible fashion based on individualized case conceptualization and with adolescents with co-occurring problems.

Earn 3 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: McCauley E., Schloredt, K., Gudmundsen, G., Martell, C., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Behavioral Activation with Adolescents: A clinician's guide. New York: Guilford.
McCauley, E., Gudmundsen, G., Schloredt, K., Martell, C., Rhew, I., Hubley, S. & Dimidjian, S, (2015). The adolescent behavioral activation program: Adapting behavioral activation as a treatment for depression in adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
McCauley, E., Schloredt, K., Gudmundsen, G., Martell, C., & Dimidjian, S (2011). Expanding behavioral activation to depressed adolescents: Lessons learned in treatment development. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(3), 371-383.

Elizabeth McCauley

University of Washington


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Kelly Schloredt

Leader, CONNECT Program
Seattle Children's Hospital


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Gretchen R. Gudmundsen

Assistant Professor
University of Washington


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Christopher R. Martell

Director Psychological Services Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst


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