Adolescent Coping With Depression Course (CWD-A)

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About This Program

Target Population: High school aged (14-18) adolescents with depression

For children/adolescents ages: 14 – 18

Brief Description

The Adolescent Coping With Depression Course (CWD-A) is a cognitive-behavioral group intervention that targets specific problems typically experienced by depressed adolescents. These problems include discomfort and anxiety, irrational/negative thoughts, poor social skills, and limited experiences of pleasant activities. The CWD-A consists of 16 two-hour sessions that are conducted over an 8-week period for mixed-gender groups of up to 10 adolescents.

Core components of the program include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model of change
  • Mood monitoring
  • Increasing pleasant activities (behavioral activation)
  • Social skills training
  • Relaxation training
  • Identification of negative thoughts and cognitive restructuring
  • Communication and problem-solving training
  • Relapse prevention

Each participant receives a workbook that provides structured learning tasks, short quizzes, and homework forms. To encourage generalization of skills to everyday situations, adolescents are given homework assignments that are reviewed at the beginning of the subsequent session.

Program Goals:

The goals of Adolescent Coping With Depression Course (CWD-A) are:

  • Reduction of current depressive symptoms
  • Remission from current depressive disorder
  • Improvements in psychosocial functioning

Contact Information

Paul Rohde, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Oregon Research Institute
Phone: (541) 484-2123
Fax: (541) 484-1108

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2017