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Brief Behavioural Activation for depressed adolescents: Doing more of what matters

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Adolescent depression is a common and significantly impairing mental health problem, affecting social, academic and family functioning. This workshop will provide training in Brief Behavioural Activation for depressed adolescents (Brief BA; Pass & Reynolds, 2014), with a focus on engagement and how values can be used to identify activities that are personally rewarding to the individual.

Symptoms of depression in adolescence include anhedonia (loss of interest/pleasure), negative self-perceptions including worthlessness, cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbance and fatigue. These factors can make day to day life (e.g. school/college, peer and family relationships) significantly challenging for depressed young people, and present additional barriers to successful engagement in psychological therapy.

Behavioural Activation (BA) appears to be a very effective treatment for depression in adults and may be a promising treatment for young people. We have adapted brief BA (BATD-R; Lejuez, et al., 2011) for use with adolescents (Brief BA; Pass & Reynolds, 2014). Brief BA is designed to be delivered by a range of professionals who do not require specialist qualifications or extensive training and has been piloted with promising outcomes in adolescent mental health services, and when delivered in secondary schools.

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 26 Feb 2020
Venue Address Reading University
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Dr Laura Pass
Keywords depression, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy
Regions South East