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Building wellbeing in depression using augmented depression therapy

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The primary focus in evidence based psychotherapies for depression has been on down-regulating negative thinking and feeling. However, it is increasingly realised that anhedonia, a reduction in the ability to experience pleasure, is also central to the onset and maintenance of acute depression. Residual anhedonia symptoms out of episode make individuals more likely to relapse in the future. Moreover, most clients come to therapy wanting to build wellbeing – a sense of meaning, pleasure and social connection – in addition to reducing their symptoms of depression.

Content: This workshop will focus on ways to integrate principles and techniques of Augmented Depression Therapy (ADepT) into CBT and BA practice to more effectively repair anhedonia and build wellbeing in depression. ADepT has been co-designed alongside clients and clinicians to systematically build positivity. It targets (potentially transdiagnostic) mechanisms identified in basic science research that inhibit wellbeing and maintain anhedonia.

ADepT helps clients set and work towards valued life goals, then formulate and overcome how their depression stops them from thriving (making the most of potential opportunities) and being resilient (overcoming potential challenges) along the way. ADepT also supports clients to develop and follow a long term wellbeing plan to help them continue to flourish after therapy has completed. The workshop will give an overview of the rationale and evidence behind the ADepT approach, then discuss ways ADepT principles, techniques, and therapeutic style can be integrated into current practice in a range of settings (including low intensity and high intensity IAPT services and secondary care). The workshop will assume basic familiarity with current CBT and BA protocols for treating depression. 

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 03 Jul 2019
Venue Address University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Dr Barney Dunn
Contact No. 0118 378 7537
Keywords Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Therapy
Regions South, South East