Program: CBT Group for Depression
Program Targets: Depression /Depression with Delinquent Youth/ Depressed Youth with Depressed Parents
Description: The program is based on the adult Coping With Depression program; the adolescent version is simplified and adds more participatory exercises. Topics covered include problem-solving, communication, and negotiation skills. The first half the program is behavioral therapy to increase the amount of age-appropriate and individually tailored fun activities. The second half involves cognitive therapy (Beck and Rational Emotive Therapy). The goal is for the youth replace unproductive, unexamined beliefs with more positive, productive ones. 16, two-hour sessions delivered twice per week. Each group is comprised of 6-10 youth and either one therapist or a main therapist and a training, co-therapist. The therapist works from a manual with scripted sessions while the youth follows along in workbook with corresponding exercises
Design: Four randomized control trials, Two RCTs with a waitlist group 46% - 67% of those who received treatment had a reduction of symptoms vs. 5%-48% in the wait-list condition. Juvenile Justice Population: One RCT with a placebo condition 26% of participants showed recovery from depression compared to 14% in the placebo group. No difference in long term results. Offspring of Depressed Adults: One RCT with usual care No significant differences between the two treatment conditions.
Population: Male and Female, 13-18
Materials and TA: Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, (503) 335-2400, www.kpchr.org/public/acwd/acwd.html, Therapist manual and adolescent workbook are available through the website; Questions should be sent to Greg Clarke at email@example.com; Kazdin and Weisz