Facing the Darkness: Using behavioral engagement strategies in CBT treatment for depression
Christopher R. Martell, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinic Director, Psychological Services Center, University of Massachusetts, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Amherst, MA
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Speaker Presentation: 7:00-8:00pm
Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue, Room C-200
New York, NY 10065
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Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression is one of the most well studied talk therapies with strong empirical support. The model has included behavioral strategies such as pleasure and mastery ratings and activity scheduling. More recently, interest has emerged in traditional behavioral treatments for depression and behavioral activation (BA) resurfaced as a specific treatment for depression. BA has added an emphasis on identifying and modifying depressed clients’ avoidance patterns and ruminative thought processes. These processes often function as disengagement strategies for clients struggling with depressed mood and difficulties regulating affect. The functional and behavioral aspects of treatment can be enhanced in traditional CBT for depression, and incorporated into an overall treatment plan and case conceptualization to assist clients in fully engaging in life and moving beyond the pull of depression.
Christopher R. Martell, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist (in NY, WA, WI and MA) and is the Clinic Director of the Psychological Services Center – the training clinic for doctoral students – at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A co-author of 8 books, and author of many published articles and chapters, Dr. Martell is an internationally recognized workshop leader and scholar in the areas of behavioral activation, affirmative CBT for sexual minorities, and integrative-behavioral couples therapies applied to same-sex couples.