Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (Depression)

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Program/Intervention Name

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (Depression)


Child Mental Health - internalizing

Program/Intervention Description

What: Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)" is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities. There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Adolescent Depression is a developmental adaptation of the classic cognitive therapy model developed by Aaron Beck and colleagues. CBT emphasizes collaborative empiricism, the importance of socializing patients to the cognitive therapy model, and the monitoring and modification of automatic thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs. How: To adapt CBT for adolescents, more emphasis is placed on (1) the use of concrete examples to illustrate points, (2) education about the nature of psychotherapy and socialization to the treatment model, (3) active exploration autonomy and trust issues, (4) focus on cognitive distortions and shifts in affect that occur during sessions, and (5) acquisition of problem-solving, affect-regulation, and social skills.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

Reduction in symptoms of depression, Achievement of clinical response, Achievement of remission, Decreased negative mental health symptoms (child)

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Jamey Covaleski


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

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Contact Phone


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