Brief Behavioral Skills: Behavioral Activation

In this Brief Behavioral Skills module Drs. Kari Stephens and Patrick Raue provide an overview of Behavioral Activation, an evidence-based treatment for depressive symptoms. Behavioral Activation is a structured and brief approach to treatment that targets patterns of avoidance, withdrawal, and inactivity that are common among those with depressive symptoms. The learning objectives for this module are to: 

  • Understand the Behavioral Activation model of depressive symptoms
  • Describe how to develop a case formulation for a patient experiencing elevated depressive symptoms
  • Understand the role of avoidance in maintaining depressive symptoms
  • Describe how to help patients select activities and make a specific plan
  • Understand how to evaluate the outcome of patients’ efforts and problem-solve barriers to action planning

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