Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: BACB
A Functional Approach to Outpatient Behavioral Activation for Adults with Depression
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 222 C
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Melissa J. Andretta, BCBA, M.Ed.
JONATHAN W. KANTER (Department of Psychology/University of Wisconsin,-Milwaukee), Cristal E. Weeks (Department of Psychology/ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Description: Depression in clients and family members of clients may be a primary clinical complaint or a secondary concern that impedes treatment progress and follow-through. Several versions of Behavioral Activation for depression have been developed over the years, and all focus to one degree or another on activity scheduling to reinstate and maintain contact with positive reinforcement. Missing from each of these treatments, however, is a comprehensive analysis of the full range of depressive behaviors and reactions at the level of function and clearly articulated links to treatment techniques. This workshop will focus on outpatient Behavioral Activation psychotherapy for adults with depression and will provide a comprehensive behavioral analysis of depression that clearly articulates when and how specific techniques should be implemented. The workshop will provide detailed training in this version of Behavior Activation, which is easy to implement, functionally based, inclusive of many current Behavior Activation techniques, and consistent with the versions of Behavioral Activation that have been shown to be empirically-supported in large, randomized trails. We will also discuss the relationship of Behavioral Activation to other approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy.
Learning Objectives: Workshop attendees will learn the following: A behavioral and functional model of depression; how the function of depressive behaviors relates to treatment alternatives; an overview of current versions of Behavior Activation; the theory behind a functionally-based version of Behavior Activation; and how to implement Behavior Activation
Activities: Workshop attendees will participate in didactic learning as well as observe videotaped clinical interactions demonstrating techniques and participate in role-playing activities and group discussions.
Audience: Anyone with an interest in Clinical Behavior Analysis, a behavioral conceptualization of depression, or behavioral treatment of depression.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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