Behavioral Activation: Distinctive Features

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Behavioral activation theory indicates that much clinically relevant human behavior is a function of positive reinforcement, and that when positive reinforcement is reduced, lost, or chronically low depression results. Behavioral activation encourages clients to obtain and nurture the skills that allow them to establish and maintain contact with diverse, stable sources of positive reinforcement. This creates a life of meaning, value and purpose. Behavioral Activation: Distinctive Featuresclarifies the fundamental theoretical and practical features of behavioral activation, integrating various techniques into a unified whole that is efficient and effective. The book includes numerous case examples and transcribed segments from therapy sessions and outlines behavioral concepts using straightforward terms and examples so that all therapists can see the utility and practical value of this approach. This book will provide essential guidance for students and new therapists, as well as more experienced clinicians wanting to know more about what makes behavioral activation a distinct form of cognitive behavior therapy.

Table of Contents

The Distinctive Theoretical Features of Behavioral Activation
A Distinctive History
A Distinct Definition of Human Behavior
Distinct Terminology
A Distinct Theory
The Distinct Behavioral ABC Model
The Ubiquity of Positive Reinforcement
The Meaning of Life
Depression and Positive Reinforcement
The Ubiquity of Negative Reinforcement
The Role of Punishment
An (Almost) Complete Behavioral Model of Depression
The Role of Cognition
The Role of Insight
Activation and Acceptance
Is Depression a Disease?
The Distinctive Practical Features of Behavioral Activation
A Distinct Structure
Activity Monitoring
Values Assessment
Simple Activation
The Importance of Homework
Functional Assessment
Post-It Notes and Other Stimulus Control Procedures
Skills Training
Contingency Management
Mindful Valued Activation
Ending Therapy
Thinking Functionally about Suicide and Medication
The Therapeutic Relationship in BA
A Distinct Flexible Framework: Adaptations for Minorities
The Promise of BA
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