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Unlocking the Power of Behavioral Activation

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About the Course

Have you wondered what therapeutic interventions exist for depression beyond cognitive approaches? While CBT certainly brings significant value to the treatment of depression, behavioral activation may be a better approach for many clients. This training will present a diagnostic overview of Major Depressive Disorder, including commonly used assessment tools. The theory of Behavioral Activation will be explained through the lens of case conceptualization. Specific behavioral activation strategies such as ACE, pacing, and activity scheduling will be explored through case studies and video demonstrations. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the application of behavioral activation techniques and interventions to their specific clients who have depression.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Unlocking the Power of Behavioral Activation created by Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW in 2023.

Publication Date:

First Oct 2023

Course Material Author

Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, course creator

Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist, and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a popular local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics for clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders.

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Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Articulate the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder and appropriate assessments.
  2. Explain the theory of behavioral activation and demonstrate skill in case conceptualization.
  3. Identify at least five behavioral activation interventions and techniques to alleviate depression.
  4. Name at least three ways that behavioral activation will enhance one’s clinical practice with clients who experience depression.

Disclosure to Learners

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The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103354
3 CE credit hours
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