This course explores the current state-of-the-art knowledge about treating depression, with a focus on well-researched treatments already in the therapeutic repertoire.
What's Covered in A210 Treating Depression:
- Step-by-step instructions for using successful, but often ignored, treatment approaches, including strategies for dealing with sleep disturbance, anxiety, attributional thinking, and dysfunctional behaviors and thoughts.
- How to strike a balance between being supportive and empathetic, on the one hand, and gently challenging the client, on the other, by assigning homework for depression-fighting skills.
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A210 Treating Depression: What Really Works
- Epidemiology as an informant
- Assessment issues
- Sleep issues
- Key patterns of depression
- Ambiguity as a primary risk factor
- Attributional style and the power of personal meaning
- The vital importance of expectancy
- Coping styles
- Perfectionism and depression
- Perceptions of controllability
- The strengths of psychotherapy
- The role of anti-depressants
- Single vs. combined treatments
- Self-regulation of mood and anxiety
- Depression in marriage and the family
- Depression's effects on dating, marrying, divorcing, and parenting
- Reducing transgenerational risk
- Treatment planning strategies
- Learning to think strategically
- Homework and task assignments
- Prevention issues
- Course summary
Meet Presenter Michael Yapko, PhD
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist who's internationally recognized for his work in the strategic treatment of depression and teaches professional audiences all over the world. He's the author of 12 books, including Treating Depression with Hypnosis; Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression; and Breaking the Patterns of Depression.