Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD)

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About This Program

Target Population: Depressed adults including those with substance abuse problems

Brief Description

The BATD program’s primary goal is to reduce depressive symptoms. It is aimed at helping clients reconnect with their values across several life areas. It begins with behavioral monitoring of daily activities with an examination of the extent to which the client currently is living according to these values. In moving the client towards this more valued life, BATD uses a structured approach aimed at identifying activities that fit within the client’s values on a daily basis. The program also uses contracts to recruit social support for these efforts. BATD can be conducted individually or in groups. It was designed to be a 10-12 session treatment, but has been shown to be efficacious in shorter durations.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) are:

  • Significant reduction in depressive symptoms
  • Significant reduction in substance use problems
  • Significant improvement in overall functioning and engagement in valued life activities
  • Significant reduction in anxiety and depression associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • Modest reduction in trauma-related symptoms
  • Some initial data supporting its use with adolescents
  • Some initial data supporting its use in a spanish language version

Contact Information

Carl Lejuez, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Maryland-College Park
Phone: (301) 405-3281
Fax: (301) 405-3223

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2010

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2010