Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Invited Tutorial #324
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Behavioral Activation as a Treatment for Adolescent Depression
Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D.
Chair: Steven R. Lawyer (Idaho State University)
Presenting Authors: : SCOTT T. GAYNOR (Western Michigan University)

From a behavioral perspective, depression is a summary label for a set of responses emitted in a context, not an internal (neurobiological or psychological) defect within a person. As such, depressive symptoms should be treatable by changing environment-behavior interactions and the context in which they occur. Behavioral activation (BA) is a well-developed approach to treating depressive symptoms in adults with an emerging literature for adolescents. The goal of BA is to promote contact with positive reinforcement by engaging clients in focused activation strategies to counter passive avoidance/withdrawal and to increase goal-directed and values-guided behavior. The tutorial will briefly review of major components of BA, including: (1) the rationale and model of depression; (2) mood and activity monitoring; (3) conducting a values assessment; and (4) scheduling pleasurable, mastery-related, and values-based activities.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Anyone interesting in the seeing the application of behavior analysis to depression, a common mental health problem. Also attendees, particularly students, who may have broad applied interests.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) describe the BA rationale and model of treatment; (2) describe how to introduce mood and activity monitoring; (3) describe how to assess values; and (4) describe how to select and schedule relevant activities.
SCOTT T. GAYNOR (Western Michigan University)
Scott Gaynor received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he had the good fortune to be mentored in behavior analysis by Rick Shull and clinical behavior analysis by Scott Lawrence and Rosemery Nelson-Gray. He completed his clinical internship and a post-doc at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. The next stop was Western Michigan University where has been on the faculty for 13 years, serving as the co-director of clinical training for the past six years. His research and clinical interests focus on evaluating the efficacy and mechanisms of action of contemporary behavior therapies.
Keyword(s): behavioral activation, depression



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