Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D)

This intensive 2-½-day workshop provides training in the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression for behavioral health providers working with Service members.  Depression in the military will be discussed, as will the theory underlying cognitive behavioral therapy.  Participants will learn how to conceptualize depressed patients, plan treatment, and utilize both cognitive and behavioral strategies.  Participants will have the opportunity to both watch role-play videos and practice intervention strategies through their own role-plays. 

Please be advised that after attending it is strongly encouraged that attendees complete case consultation by participating in at least three CBT for Depression training webinars during the six months immediately following the training, and also complete the CBT-D protocol with a minimum of two cases within the six month period period immediately following the workshop to improve fidelity to the model.

Learning Objectives:

1. Examine prevalence rates of depression in military populations.
2. Identify military specific implications regarding diagnosing and treating depression in Service members.
3. Review the theory relevant to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
4. State the key principles of CBT.
5. Understand the CBT formulation of depression.
6. Learn how to develop an individualized case conceptualization for patients based on the cognitive behavioral model.
7. Understand the role of assessment in developing a CBT case formulation.
8. Examine the components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) sessions.
9. Determine cognitive strategies utilized in CBT-D in order to modify unhelpful cognitions in Service members.
10. Summarize behavioral strategies utilized in CBT-D in order to modify unhelpful behavioral patterns in Service members.
11. Apply the use of Socratic Method in CBT.
12. Identify common cognitive distortions of military personnel.
13. Illustrate CBT techniques to treat depressed Service members via video and experiential approaches.
14. Demonstrate increased skills and confidence to use CBT skills when working with depressed Service members

Notes: A recommended prerequisite for this course is Depression in Service Members and Veterans.