Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Training (PASCET)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children and adolescents aged 8-15 who are depressed

For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 15

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 8 – 15

Brief Description

PASCET is a structured individual psychotherapy intervention for depression. Treatment sessions and take-home practice assignments are built on research findings concerning cognitive and behavioral features of depression in children and adolescents, and on the two-process model of perceived control and coping. As suggested by that model, children are trained to gain control of their mood by developing skills that will help them cultivate primary control (i.e., changing objective conditions to make them fit their wishes) and secondary control (i.e., changing themselves [e.g., their expectations, interpretations] so as to adjust to objective conditions and thus control their subjective impact). The sessions include within-session exercises and take-home practice (i.e., homework) assignments, guided by an ACT & THINK Practice Book that each child uses throughout the program, and keeps afterward.

Program Goals:

The goals of Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Training (PASCET) are:

  • Reduction in depressive symptoms
  • Reduction in rates of depressive disorders

Contact Information

John Weisz, PhD
Phone: (617) 495-3515

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2010