Request Training Materials for Using Behavioral Activation to Reduce Depression in Older Adults

A) Brief video "Behavioral Activation for medical personnel" is intended for physicians, medical residents, psychiatry residents, medical students, nursery staff, nursing students and staff and students from related medical disciplines who want to incorporate a brief version of Behavioral Activation into their medically-based practices (e.g. the primary care setting).

B) Five segment extensive "Behavioral Activation for mental health professionals" is intended for mental health professionals and trainees in mental health disciplines who would use Behavioral Activation as part of ongoing psychotherapy.

Behavioral Activation for Medical Personnel

This training depicts a role play between a primary care physician (portrayed by Kim Bullock M.D. Psychiatry Department Stanford University School of Medicine) and a depressed Latino patient (portrayed by Irene Valverde MFTT) where the basics of behavioral activation are shown. It is intended to show busy medical professionals how the basic components of behavioral activation can be incorporated into relatively brief outpatient clinic visits. Note: follow-up visits to continue to incorporate behavioral activation principles and techniques are preferred over a single discussion.

Behavioral Activation for Mental Health Professionals

This five segment series depicts the therapeutic technique for depression called behavioral activation. We do a series of role plays between a practicing cognitive behavioral therapist (Dolores Gallagher-Thompson PhD.) and a volunteer client (Irene Valverde MFTT) showing in detail typical steps in the behavioral activation process. The entire five segments takes 63 minutes to watch. Segments should be watched in order as one builds upon the next. The goal of this series is to help practicing mental health clinicians learn how to incorporate behavioral activation into their clinical practice. Typically behavioral activation is used as part of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), although it is been effectively used as a "stand-alone" treatment for depression as well. Time, resources, and client willingness to engage in intervention are some of the factors influencing the selection of data behavioral activation as a mental health intervention.

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Materials are only for use by health and mental health professionals and relevant trainees in the healthcare professions. Any unauthorized use of these materials is strictly prohibited. Permission to access or reuse these training materials may be obtained by filling out the survey.

These series were developed and produced by the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA. Production costs were funded by grant # UB4HP19049 from the Bureau of the Health Professions (BHPr) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These training materials were developed as part of HRSA's national training program in evidenced-based practices for reducing depression in older adults.

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