Behavioral Activation (BA)

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The AIMS Center encourages both clinicians and non-licensed staff to pursue training in evidence-based brief behavioral interventions that are well-suited to primary care and other medical settings. Behavioral Activation (BA) strategies represent one such intervention.

About BA

Behavioral Activation (BA) is a brief evidence-based psychosocial intervention for use in primary care, other health care, and community settings. BA has been studied extensively in a wide range of settings and with a variety of providers and patient populations.

BA teaches depressed and/or anxious patients a set of skills to re-engage in valued life activities that they once found rewarding and enjoyable but have abandoned as they developed depression or anxiety.

Evidence Base 

Behavioral Activation (BA) is often a component of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Problem-Solving Treatment (PST), but has also been shown to be a stand-alone evidence-based intervention to treat depression and anxiety in a primary care environment. Research shows that BA significantly improves patient outcomes in a wide range of settings and patient populations.

The document below contains selected references demonstrating the efficacy of BA in primary care.  

Training Overview

Training consists of two online modules introducing BA principles, a 1-hour recorded BA webinar, and a 2-hour review and practice session with an expert trainer, followed by three monthly case presentation calls. Clinicians and staff are taught by expert trainers using procedures and standards set by Patrick J. Raue, PhD, Associate Director for Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions at the AIMS Center. Clinicians and staff will have the opportunity to apply BA to several cases and receive feedback from AIMS Center experts on their application of clinical skills. The training process typically requires about 8 hours of trainee time over the course of four months.

Training Components

  • Online Training: Approximately 2-hours of self-paced online learning and a 1-hour recorded webinar
  • Review and Practice Webinar: 2-hour live session including a demonstration, practice, and Q&A with an expert trainer via Zoom
  • Monthly Case Presentation: 1-hour group calls over three months where participants present real cases and discuss challenging and complex cases with the expert trainer

Requirements

Trainees must have an active caseload of at least three patients by the time they begin training. 

Cost 

$440 per trainee

Continuing Education

The AIMS Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education hours. Participants are eligible for up to 5 contact hours toward continuing education licensure requirements. The continuing education units can be used by most licensed mental health providers, including psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Clinicians should check their specific state requirements to confirm that credits awarded by the American Psychological Association apply to them.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information 

The following author and planner has indicated they have a relationship to disclose:

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD

Disclosure: Royalties from Wiley Publishers

This financial relationship has been mitigated. 

 

There are no other relevant financial relationships for anyone who was involved in the planning or who had control of the content of this training.

 

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