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Behavioural Activation Worksheets

Behavioral activation is an extremely effective treatment for depression. Interest in behavioral activation increased following a CBT dismantling study which showed that behavioral activation was as effective a component as cognitive therapy in the treatment of depression (Jacobson et al, 1996). Since the component analysis study (which used behavioral interventions recommended by Beck, Rush, Shaw & Emery, 1979) behavioral activation has been developed into a treatment in its own right with a more comprehensive philosophical underpinning. Separate teams have developed and evaluated slightly different behavioural activation treatment approaches: Behavioral Activation (BA), and Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD).

  • Behavioral activation treatment for depression – revised (BATD-R) manual (Lejuez, Hopko, Acierno, Daughters, Pagoto, 2011)
  • Behavioral activation treatment for depression (BATD) manual (Lejuez, Hopko & Hopko, 2001)
  • Get active feel good (behavioral activation) – CBT workbook from CEDAR
  • Valued Living Questionnaire (Version 2)
  • If you do something 100 times you will get pretty good at it
  • Dimidjian et al (2006). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the acute treatment of adults with major depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(4), 658-670
  • Dobson, K. S., Hollon, S. D., Dimidjian, S., Schmaling, K. B., Kohlenberg, R. J., Gallop, R. J., … & Jacobson, N. S. (2008). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 76(3), 468
  • *Ferster, C. B. (1973). A functional analysis of depression. American Psychologist, 28 (10), 857.
  • Hopko, D. R., Ryba, M. M., McIndoo, C., & File, A. (2015). 14 Behavioral Activation. The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, 229
  • Jacobson, N. S., Martell, C. R., & Dimidjian, S. (2001). Behavioral activation treatment for depression: Returning to contextual roots. Clinical Psychology: science and practice, 8(3), 255-270.
  • Jacobson, N. S., Dobson, K. S., Truax, P. A., Addis, M. E., Koerner, K., Gollan, J. K., Gortner, E., Prince, S. E. (1996). A component analysis of cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(2), 295-305
  • Veale, D. (2008). Behavioral activation for depression. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 14, 29-36

The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) IAPT service have developed a great series of booklets detailing their behavioral activation for depression program.

Behavioral Activation For Depression

  1. Introduction to BA for depression
  2. Monitoring activity and mood
  3. Roadmap: The activation plan
  4. Finding direction: values,flow, and strengths
  5. Avoidance and the depression TRAPs
  6. Problem solving
  7. Thinking habits
  8. Next steps

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